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Established in 1972, the Foundation financially supports scholarships and campus programs. San Diego City College Foundation is a non-profit organization that is designated to receive gifts from private sources such as individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Foundation is compliant with donor restrictions for the use of their generous gifts, timely distribution of funds to students, smart investments of fund, reporting to the community, and sound fiscal management. 

Mission Statement

The San Diego City College Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring student access and success at San Diego City College through raising funds, building partnerships, and advocating for students and the college. 

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be one of America's preeminent community colleges, propelled by our passion for assuring student success, serving our entire community, and pursuing greatness.

Student Scholarships

The Student Scholarship Program provides a wide variety of scholarships to all students for books, fees, tuition and other expenses. Students apply for scholarships relevant to their academic major, career objective or individual interest. Scholarship funds are provided through the generous donations of faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and community and business leaders. New scholarships are established as memorials or honorariums in appreciation of a respected professor, or to celebrate a specific field of study. With the ongoing efforts of the Foundation, the number of scholarships and applicants increase each year. For students, parents and faculty, the highlight of the year is the Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet. Professors, friends, family and donors gather to celebrate the academic achievements of each scholarship recipient.

Existing Scholarship Designation*

*For full list of all current scholarships, see Scholarships.

Create New Scholarship

$10,000 will create an endowment scholarship that will give for many years to come
$500.00 for two years will establish a scholarship

For additional information, contact the Scholarship Office at 619.388.3413 or email Sylvia Ramirez

Foundation Leadership and Board Members 

A volunteer board of directors composed of representatives of community leaders, business and industry, alumni, and educators governs the Foundation. 

Yen Tu - Executive Director

Photo of TuYen C. Tu has been principal consultant and owner at Yen C. Tu Consulting for 20 years, a firm focused on providing community outreach services to ethnic, underrepresented communities to corporations, government, and non-profit organizations throughout San Diego. Ms. Tu is a board member for the San Diego Diplomacy Council and the Asian Business Association. She also serves as a member of San Diego Mayor Faulconer's Asian Advisory Council, San Diego Association of Governments' (SANDAG) 2020 Census Count Workgroup, and the San Diego Community College District's Oversight Committee. She served on the staff of two City of San Diego councilmembers and one San Diego County supervisor.

Ms. Tu served as president and CEO for the Asian Business Association (1999-2004, 2011, and 2019); and served on the Boards for the San Diego County Water Authority (2002-2017), University of California San Diego Chancellor's Community Advisory Board (2013-2019), Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA (2014-2016), San Diego Gas and Electric's Community Advisory Council (2010-2017), Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana (2007-2012), and the Union of Pan-Asian Communities (2008-2013).

Ms. Tu received her undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies at the University of California at San Diego in 1990.


Gerald A. Ramsey - Chairperson

Photo of RamseyAs a San Diego residence since 1984, Gerald Ramsey has served as a higher education administrator for more than three decades. His primary focus was providing leadership for education equity programs.  

Ramsey has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's in Education. He is a student-centered administrator whose experience includes service in three of California's post-secondary segments, public 4-year, private proprietary, and California community colleges.  This includes three years of service as student services administrator in a private proprietary college, four years of service as student financial aid administrator at the University of California campus (Santa Barbara), and 34 years as an administrator in California community colleges -- 28 years at San Diego City College and six years at San Diego Miramar College

In addition to his assigned duties at the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), Ramsey was elected and served as a San Diego Community College Management Association Board member. He was president for five years.

Ramsey has been an active fund raiser for and supporter of community organizations, various projects and selected political campaigns/initiatives. He has served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego, San Diego CAL-SOAP, California ARCHES, and San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.  He has been a volunteer for Voices for Children. For the last 32 years, he has served as a board member for The San Diego Citizens Scholarship Foundation. 

Ramsey retired from the SDCCD in August 2018 but continues to provide formal and informal mentoring for young professionals and college students.

Delonda Peppers - Vice Chairperson

Photo of Delonda PeppersDelonda Peppers has been employed with the Neighborhood House Association (NHA) for 25 years. A first generation San Diegan, Delonda grew up in the local areas most served by NHA. She recalls, as a child, the assistance her mother received from NHA's Housing and Temporary Food Services Programs. As a youth, she participated in NHA's Hire-A-Youth program. Her early work experience with NHA guided her on to the employment path where she currently serves today.

Delonda's employment with NHA began in the Finance Department as a Payroll Clerk in 1993. She worked her way up and became the Payroll Supervisor in 2002. During her employment with NHA she has received multiple Employee of the Quarter Awards. In 2004 she was presented the Employee of the Year Award. She automated NHA's employee time keeping system, assisted with implementing NHA's internal HRIS and streamlined NHA's bi-weekly internal payroll processing. She was also key in implementing NHA's Employee Self Services system to empower employees with vital employment information at their fingertips.

In 2014, as the Sr. Payroll Manager, she transferred to the Human Resources Department. Her excellent performance as the HR Lead Manager, then HR Director advanced her to the position of Associate VP of Human Resources in July of 2018. She is also a key member of NHA's Executive Leadership Team.

Delonda's dedication and hard work is a true testament to her character and the customer service she provides to NHA's employees on a daily basis. She is currently on the San Diego Senior Alliance Committee and a graduate of Lead Impact San Diego, Class of 2019.

Photo of Roxann SolisRoxann Solis - Treasurer

Roxann is a San Diego Native, born and raised in Southeast San Diego.  She started working for the San Diego Community College District at 17 years old, starting as an hourly worker at the District Office in Fiscal Services. She is currently serving in the Acting role of Vice President of Administrative Services at San Diego City College. She is a proud City Alumnus, along with her Father, whom is a Vietnam Vet and all 4 of her siblings.  She loves her family, basketball and community that has helped shape her into the leader she is today.



Sylvia Ramirez

Photo of Sylvia RamirezMs. Ramirez is a seasoned advisor, whose experience spans nearly two decades in various higher education settings, including scholarship management and delivery, academic advising, financial aid, and registration services.

Currently serving as the San Diego City College Scholarship Coordinator, Ms. Ramirez manages contributions from campus and community partners, and the resulting scholarships, benefitting the student population. Working directly with donors, Ms. Ramirez identifies potential applicants, promotes the opportunities, and mentors students through the application process. Researching data, she informs donors of current and future student needs on-campus.

Past experiences encompass work in both large and small-scale private and public four-year universities, including, North Central College, Concordia University, DePaul University, and the University of California San Diego.

Ms. Ramirez holds a B.A. in Communication from Purdue, and an M.A. in New Media Studies from DePaul University.

Photo of Ferenc PantokaiFerenc Pantokai - Secretary

Ferenc Pankotai holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering Degree with specialization of Turbo Machinery and Aerospace from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, specialization in Design Manufacturing from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (USA). He has more than 20 years of experience designing and managing gas turbine manufacturing globally. Ferenc has been with Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar Company since 1998, and is currently the General Manager for Rotating Component, Additive Manufacturing and Global Tooling. He also responsible for new product prototyping and manufacturing technology development, which now includes additive manufacturing deployment.

Lupe Sandoval

Photo of Lupe SandovalAs an alumna of the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), Lupe Sandoval has experienced firsthand the wraparound support and investment of an educational equity program. As the Coordinator for the BLCI Upward Bound Program, Lupe has come full circle: from student to mentor. Lupe's philosophy on the importance of a college education is also informed by her leadership,  advocacy, and the firm belief that a college degree is more about civic participation and finding a voice than just the promise of upward mobility. Lupe's primer on education, litigation, & policy advocacy began through her internship with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and has persisted in her community organizing efforts within the most resilient communities in San Diego. Presently, Lupe chairs the BLCI Alumni Advisory Committee which engages alumni and fundraises scholarships for students.

Joshua Golter, SHRM-CP, MBA

Photo of Joshua GolterJoshua Golter is a Human Resources leader with a passion for leading strategic teams in the pursuit of opportunities to deliver solutions which achieve remarkable results for organizations and communities. He believes in seeing things differently and challenging the status quo through purposeful initiatives and harmonizing key systems and tools, all while monitoring resources and return on investment.

Currently, Joshua is the Manager of the Human Resources programs team at General Dynamics - NASSCO, where he and his team of project managers and specialists focus on compensation strategy, driving HR operational excellence initiatives, and establishing new community training partnerships. The team's other areas of impact include, workforce planning, grant funding, providing consultation for all strategic HR projects, and employer branding.

Joshua earned his MBA at the University of Redlands and has extended his stay there as an Adjunct Professor teaching HR and finance courses in the School of Business and School of Continuing Studies.

Janene McIntyre, J.D

Higher-Education Leader | Change Agent | Authentic & Compassionate Leadership Advocate | Overcomer | Difference Maker

Ms. McIntyre is the Founder and Managing Partner of the McIntyre Law Group PLLC, and the consulting firm, the McIntyre Consulting Group, LLC.

As an attorney and a consultant, Ms. McIntyre has over 20 years of experience serving public and private organizations - profit and non-profit - by advising on and managing various finance, corporate governance, employee relations, leadership, conflict resolution, strategic planning, human resources, and other related matter.

More recently, Ms. McIntyre has focused her career on assisting higher-education institutions in taking a preventative law approach to achieve long-term success by optimizing operations and resources, mitigating business disputes, and implementing legally compliant strategies and practices.

Ms. McIntyre brings a value-added approach capitalizing on her knowledge and skills, the highs and lows of her personal and professional experiences, and her passion for making a difference as she guides leaders committed to making the necessary transformational changes to create high-functioning organizations where respect, diversity, inclusion, and accountability are cultural norms.

Dream Big at City College

We are located in vibrant, downtown San Diego. Our students come from all walks of life to create their personal pathways to a successful future in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our faculty members are experts in their fields and they choose to teach at City because they believe in our students and our college.

We are proud to be one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation. We are this way because our students and our community understand that a community college education is one of the best ways to get ahead in life.We invite you to learn about City College. Explore our website and see the programs and services we offer, the exciting events that take place here on campus, and the magic that happens everyday.


SD City College Foundation Bylaws (.pdf)