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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: The Vision of the MiraCosta College Foundation is to ensure that no one is denied access to education because of financial need and that resources are available to enrich the college experience for all students. In service to that vision, our mission is to promote the interests and the welfare of the college and secure resources that will transform student lives.

Results: Our donors make a significant impact. During the 2016-17 academic year donor contributions to the foundation reached 1.4 million to benefit our students. Financial support provided to the college from the Foundation (scholarships, direct student aid, programs, etc.) was $480,981, and to campus programs $1,011,074. Over 2,300 students who might otherwise have been unable to persist and succeed received direct assistance to attend school, be it a scholarship, a textbook, an emergency grant, or food assistance. Donors make a difference in how we impact our students' success.

Target demographics: Individuals of any sort, seeking to gain access to higher, affordable education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,362 students receive support in the form of a scholarship, textbook or other means.

Geographic areas served: Coastal North San Diego County

Programs: textbook assistance, scholarship funding, and direct student aid, in the forms of gift cards, bus passes, and gas cards.

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is simply amazing to watch The MiraCosta College Foundation help my fellow students in their academic pursuit. The team works tirelessly to ensure no one is denied access to higher education because of financial need. The genuine spirit of enriching students lives and in turn, each of us in the community, is a wonderful example to follow and truly inspiring. Bravo!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mira Costa scholarships have made my educational goals a reality. With the help of these generous donations, I have been able to provide for myself to make life comfortable during the demanding years of college.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a scholarship through MiraCosta College and it gave me the opportunity to focus on school instead of work for the first time since I’ve started college. It meant a lot to me and my family. We can’t thank the scholarship department enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I attended MiraCosta College, I received a warm welcoming which I couldn't find it in somewhere else. I found the staff of MiraCosta College to be very helpful and genuinely concerned about my academic needs and how they could help me to address those concerns. This is a wonderful college with a great faculty. I highly encourage anyone interested in achieving their academic education to choose MiraCosta College. Additionally, there are many programs for supporting all students emotionally and financially. Scholarships, Eops, and DSPS. I'm so thankful for all their services and their generosities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

First of all I would like to say thank you so much, for your generosity and kindness. Thank you to this wonderful program that MiraCosta College have, I am able to continue with my education. I am a single parent, is difficult to support my kids and pay for school at the same time. I'm grateful to be an scholarship recipient because I don't have to worry how I'm going to pay for my classes, now I can focus on my school work. Thank you so much to all the donors, you are making a big impact on our future (me and my daughters) God Bless you!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a recent immigrant and MiraCosta provided me with an opportunity to have more chance for getting into good university. The staff and faculty is friendly and they care about the students. I am scholarship recepient as well, which makes financial burden smaller.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MiraCosta has helped me to be able to focus on my school work not if I can pay for my car insurance to get to school. I am very excited about next semester and taking classes without all the stress.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best school ever. They serve you with utmost respect! They are here to help you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my English Professor announced the possibility of receiving a scholarship at MiraCosta I could not believe it, and a few months later I was glad to have applied for such!
As a recipient, I am both honored and grateful to the donors, this will help me accomplish my goals and further my career. Thank you to all the donors affiliated with MiraCosta College!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had an excellent experience at Mira Costa College! Highly recommended!!! The horticulture dept is top notch!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a major donor to the Foundation and the College, I see every day how my investment in Mira Costa College is paying dividends beyond my wildest hopes. I am grateful that I am able to help the next generation of students become more productive members of society by assisting them to fulfill their dream. If you are not yet a donor, I urge you to do so today as the need of our students is great, and the benefits to everyone are long lasting.

"Hap" L'Heureux

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Donor

Rating: 5

I graduated from Mira Costa College in 1974 and received a scholarship to support my tuition and books. I have never forgotten the giving spirit of those that helped me. My degree at Mira Costa College allowed me to move on and get a Bachelor of Arts degree. My wife and I have chosen to help others just like ourselves by giving to various programs at the College. There is no greater feeling than to help others....its an investment......that has a very high return.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to sincerely express my gratitude and thanks to MiraCosta Scholarship organization! I'm very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as a multiple recipient of your scholarships. Every single one of the scholarship you gave me was a big help to my family. God bless MiraCosta forever!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation enabled me to receive a scholarship that relieved the financial pressure that comes with being a student. I also received a computer and printer through one of their programs that made it possible to work, go to school, and be able to do my homework at night when the library is closed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation is amazing!! The personal encouragement the Foundation provides to the students at MiraCosta is unparalleled! The financial support the Foundation provides comes from their strong dedication in raising money to help ease the stress that comes with the costs of obtaining a college education! Thank you MiraCosta College Foundation for making my journey less of a bumpy road!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation helps students continue to achieve their academic goals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love MiraCosta College! The teachers are great, and there are many programs that can help you reach your goals. Staff from the EOPS program have counseled me, they motivate me to keep going even trough difficult circumstances. I am greatfull to be part of MiraCosta College.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first-generation low income student i am very grateful to MiraCosta for all the support it has given me. Thanks to the MiraCosta College Foundation, I was able to spend more on my academics. I am now one semester away from earning my bachelor's degree at Cal State Fullerton.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MiraCosta has made it possible for me, being an AB540 student and single mother, who doesn't get any type of federal aid to not only finish the prerequisites for the Registered Nursing program, but the program itself with zero student loans! I am forever grateful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

MiraCosta has made a difference in my life by making it possible for me to receive a quality education, while being a single mom! The scholarships and assistance from the staff and faculty are amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but positive experiences at Mira Costa! All of my teachers have been extremely helpful and the counseling staff always helps point me in the right direction.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a current student and at MiraCosta. I am so thankful for the work done by the MiraCosta foundation because they allowed me to pursue a better life. Because of their support, I have been able to focus on my education, get involved and serve the community, and even get involved in research. I will be transferring to a UC in Fall. I owe much of this success to the opportunities provided by the MiraCosta foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoy attending MiraCosta College and it wouldn't be possible without the help from MiraCosta College Foundation. It has help ease the burden for my children and I as I am a single mother. It also gives me the opportunity to show my children that it is never too late to go back to school and a higher education is achievable if you put your mind and heart to it. Thank you MiraCosta Foundation!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The foundation office does great work in supporting MiraCosta College students! They work so hard to help them succeed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been amazing attending MiraCosta college. The Miracosta College Foundation has been extremely helpful. Beyond all the obstacles I can feel relieved that as long as I am here I can get some time of help. With the scholarships that are provided I could take more time and focus on my studies rather than work a full time job. It's just great. Thank you to those who make it happen you all make a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College foundation does excellent work in supporting students seeking a higher education. I am proud to be a donor to such a great cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira Costa College Foundation has been extremely helpful as I pursue my educational goals. Since I have decided to work part time in order to focus on gaining new and marketable skills, the financial help has made it possible for me to fully concentrate on my studies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the Mira Costa College Foundation they have allowed me the opportunity to pursue my dreams of becoming a Nurse. I would not have been able to do it without their financial assistance. Thank You Mira Costa!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the Mira Costa College Foundation this program helps a lot of us with some of our financial burdens and that is so great...Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a non-traditional student returning back to college was very challenging. I am not only a non-traditional student returning back to college after 13 years I am also a mother of a ten-year old. Due to my decision to return back to college it has placed tremendous financial hardship on my family and if it wasn't for the Mira Costa College Foundation it would be extremely hard to make college a reality for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MiraCosta College Foundation is more amazing than Shake & Bake, and they really help!

Listen, I am a mid-30s, financially struggling, unemployed, hardworking, determined, and dedicated college student. However, because of a few of those descriptors, I would have had to abandon school and taken ANY job that would have me (on more than one occasion). MCCF has helped me see my college quiet through, uninterrupted, to this point: an AA in Dramatic Arts, an AA in Automotive Technologies, a Certificate of Accomplishment in Automotive Technologies (with Highest Honors), and currently pursuing my Certificate in Business.

Frankly, I would have none of this yet without the MiraCosta College Foundation, the encouragement of its representatives, and the contributions of its donors!

Thank you to everyone involved!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mother of five it is hard to find time for myself let alone get an education. After all of my financial aid had ran out I was able to apply for a grant threw the Mira Costa Foundation, Osher scholarship which allotted me the moneys needed to pay for my books and motivate me to continue my education on-line at MiraCosta.

Without the wonderful donors and awesome foundation, I would have given up on my education a long time ago. I just received my Certificate of Accomplishment and was able to participate in graduation ceremonies of 2014. After years of hard work it was great to reach my goal. Thank you MiraCost College Foundation.

Good Luck!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am extremely grateful for the financial support from the MiraCosta College Foundation. With the generous scholarship from the foundation, I am given the opportunity to excel in the field of Biotechnology. The scholarship allows me to take more courses to get my AA degree sooner. The staffs of the MiraCosta College foundation are so knowledge and helpful. They work very hard to raise funds for the scholarship programs . They do everything they can to help the disadvantaged students to achieve their goals. The MiraCosta College Foundation makes me feel that MiraCosta College is my second home and indeed, it is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for the support the Mira Costa College Foundation has given me during my time at Mira Costa. The financial support allowed me to focus solely on my academics rather than on worrying about finances. I am transferring to UCSD in the fall and am grateful to have saved money on the way to completing my bachelor's degree in bioengineering.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful and appreciative for the financial support I received from the MiraCosta Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of many I am that much closer to obtaining my educational goal having an AA Degree in Multicultural Studies with transfer.Being poor really sucks and every dollar counts thanks to the Foundation I was able to get things that seriously aided in my success like gas, food and school supplies. Please keep this program alive, Thank you all for the wonderful work you do.~Sincerely Courtney

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation has made a life changing impact upon me. I was asked to share my student testimonial at the MCC Foundation's Silver & Gold Holiday Celebration in 2013; as a result, I have begun motivational speaking through-out North County San Diego. Also, I am a recipient of the Mort and Agatha Winski scholarship which has helped me tremendously! After receiving the scholarship I have been able to excel in the classroom and work less hours during finals. I am very proud of Linda Fogerson, Cynthia Rice, and Board of Trustees President David Broad for their dedication to raising funds for students in need like myself. Thank again.

Antoine Stevens-Phillips
Student Trustee (2014-15)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the financial support I received from the Mira Costa Foundation. This support has helped me plan ahead for my Bachelor's in Biochemistry as I come from a disadvantaged background. I am honored that the foundation recognized my educational progress and rewarded me for it. The foundation is excellent and picking out the students they see need the most assistance based on their academic achievement/success. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira Costa College Foundation is a group of angels that help students going through difficult times. I was not going to be able to afford school this next semester. Thanks to the Mira Costa College Foundation, I not only can go to school this next fall semester, but spring as well!!! I can continue to work towards my goals of obtaining a Bachelors in Nursing then apply to the Nurse Practitioner program. Thanks

Client Served

Rating: 5

MiraCosta College Foundation has supported my re-education as a late in life student. I have received tuition support for 4 semesters and they have helped pay for my books. Their support has been a great boost in moral as well as a considerable assistance financially. I can't thank them enough!

Client Served

Rating: 3

The MiraCosta College Foundation has been a great help to me by taking some of the financial pressure off. It shows that MiraCosta has a real interest in its students and the lack of finances shouldn't be a reason for not accomplishing your goal. Thank you so much!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation helped in a huge way make my goal of getting my associate's degree and transferring to a four-year university possible. I have had so many obstacles on the road to getting an education, and the MiraCosta College Foundation helped me glide smoothly over so many of them. I'm now transferring and going to a world-renowned university because I was able to overcome the obstacles I faced thanks in large part to the MiraCosta College Foundation. Thank you, MiraCosta, for every single thing you've done for me.

Nickteam

Client Served

Rating: 5

With the help of the Mira Costa College Foundation, I've received scholarships to help cover my college expenses. This is a HUGE help to me and to my family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm super thankful for the generous scholarship I received to help with my college expenses. As a busy mom with five teenagers, this has relieved extra burden to help with the finances this school year. Thank you, Mira Costa!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the MiraCosta College Foundation. The work it does for MiraCosta students and the campus relfects in its students success and graduation rates. I am very lucky to be a part of the fundraising events the Foundation puts on, and to see the many scholarships the Foundation awards to very deserving students!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I think the work that the MiraCosta Foundation is truly amazing! I have seen so many different students, and a diversity of students, have life-changing moments that is in-part attributable to the scholarships and the other good work the foundation does. These students go on to be amazingly successful. It is a priviledge to be a part of a foundation that makes a noticeable and measurable difference in people's lives and their future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was really honor when I received a scholarship, it help me a lot and it boost my confidence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The scholarship that I received for this academic year helped me not hurt my commitment to my family members and eased my financial obligations. I started my education later in my life compared to other students, and I am grateful that I have chosen MiraCosta College and found the Foundation, which have been guiding and helping me to reach my goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here and am thrilled at the progress and impact that the foundation is having on scholarships available at the college!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered after being introduced to MiraCosta adminstration in 1998. I benefited from 2 1/2 years at a community college so I know how valuable a role the community college system plays. This is true for those going on to a 4 year college, as well as those re-training for a new career. I have seen the foundation play a role in developing relationships with various local employers to create training programs such as the partnership with Genentech. This provides outstanding value to the students and the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a part of the MiraCosta College Foundation's mission has been a wonderful experience. As a dedicated board member, I see first-hand the work being done to benefit the lives of students from a variety of economic, social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The scholarship programs supported by the Foundation are life-changing. As a member of the Scholarship Committee this year, I had the opportunity to review many applications from students who have overcome incredible odds to pursue an education. Scholarships help in so many ways - to purchase books, buy gas for the car, give up that third job to be able to spend more time with the family or devote more time to studies. I highly recommend supporting MiraCosta College Foundation to anyone looking to make a difference in someone's life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had no words, to discribe how greatful I was and am still, when I got the award letter.
I will never forget the phone call I got from Linda telling me that my award changed from $1,000 to $2,500 dolares..I cried.
A big thank you to all the people involvend in the scholarship department
Love
Sonia

Board Member

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta foundation board is a joy to work with. The Director Linda Fogerson and her entire staff are engaged, and proactive in a way that makes board participation both fun and rewarding. The college is truly the cornerstone of the California College experience and making it possible for all students to participate in higher education is a great way of giving back to the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the MiraCosta College Foundation for two years and I am exceedingly happy with the direction the programs and operations management have laid out for the organization. As a volunteer I feel that the mission is clear, to help those who want a college education but need financial assistance to do so. The management of the foundation provides the framework to make it possible for a diverse group of volunteers and limited staff to meet this important community need. In addition the foundation has done a nice job of providing the information we need, in the form and format that allows us to communicate with the stakeholders of the college in a meaningful way. Clarity of purpose, and focused intent are hallmarks of this organization and I highly recommend participation in whatever capacity you are able.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am confident in the work the foundation puts forward in reaching fundraising goals and boosting student success. The Foundation has secured partnerships with corporations that are essential in meeting campaign and fundraising goals. They continue to turn out great work, and I look forward to their accomplishments this new academic year.

We set stretch goals every year due to the impact that our scholarships have on the community. Mira Costa College has helped many young people who would not have the opportunity to attend a college with out a hnad up.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known the executive director for 7 years and would describe her as a strong leader. Since the beginning of her tenure in 2005, she has guided the establishment and growth of a development program within the college and the creation of a fiscally sound foundation. The foundation is fortunate to have her at the helm and I look forward to continuing to work with her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the Miracosta College Foundation for assisting me with financial support to reach my educational goals. I contemplated taking time off from school to meet my financial obligations, but thanks to the Miracosta College Foundation, I was able to spend more on my academics. I am now one semester away from earning my bachelors degree in Kinesiology: Exercise Science from Cal State Long Beach!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not received a scholarship through the Foundation, but my enrollment at MiraCosta allowed me to see the great work the office has done for students who have received scholarships. I have friends who without the help from the Foundation would not have been able to financially get through school. Scholarship funding promotes student success, which you can see in the numbers of students graduating each year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation has made a significant impact on my education. The scholarships I have received have given me the continued motivation and recognition to help me see that I am truly accomplishing my goals and achieving at the high level I expect from myself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira COsta College Foundation awarded me a scholarship for $1,000. The money was very helpful in my studies and I will be forever greatful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They put an information booth at the Oceanside campus where I was told about scholarships and that helped me to don't get too far into debt with student loans. The scholarship online application was easy to fill out. Overall, they have been very helpful making it easy for me (a mother of a special needs son) to get the info I need about scholarships. I want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers and donors.

Client Served

Rating: 4

MCC Foundation is amazing/genuine organization. I received a scholarship for my college expenses for Fall 2013. The Foundation really cares about making students successful and as the cost of secondary education rises it is more difficult to achieve those goals. Thank you all so much for the work the Foundation does, the scholarship money has helped make this semester that much less stressful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta Foundation saved my life! I am an adult learner who re-entered College after a long time without finding work in a down economy. Without their guidance and support I wouldn't be 8 classes away from getting my degree and moving on with my career in Social services! Thank you MiraCosta Foundation for believing in me and being there for me when I didn't think I could financially or emotionally make it through the challenges of my educational journey!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira Costa Foundation helped me tremendously to pay for college and leave with no debt which is a huge step for me. I can now complete my education goals and focus on the academics without the stress of finance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MiraCosta College Foundation is focused on enabling students transforms their lives. The community college serves a high percentage of students who need to work, those who are the first in their families to attend college and an increasing number of veterans and military family members. The Foundation is properly managed and is fully supported by the Board of Trustees and Administration. Scholarship funding has steadily and impressively grown over the past five years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The operation of the MiraCosta College Foundation is clearly focused on its mission – providing financial support for students in need and enhancing the college experience for everyone. The President attends each meeting and offers a candid assessment of campus needs and accomplishments. The staff is focused and efficient. The foundation uses an effective committee structure. There are formalized opportunities to thank and recognize donors.

J-me C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mira Costa College Foundation has provided me with not only financial support, but hope for the future and has given me a network of professional people that I can continue to touch basis with as my education goes further.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'll like to say thank you for all the help from the non-profit organization. It's been a pleasure to me and my family. Thank you very much

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a product of the Dust Bowl generation chronicled in John Steinbeck's book Grapes of Wrath. My parents were farmers from Oklahoma, who had been devastated by the drought and dust storms in the Midwest. We arrived in Bakersfield, California in 1938. I was 10 years old, the eldest of 3 children. We, the whole family, became migrant workers. We picked cotton, cut grapes, and picked fruit. The work was all piece work, which meant that what the children cut or picked added to the total income. My parents, being the children of farmers, were allowed to attend school, when there weren't crops to harvest or chores to be done. My father had about 3 years of elementary education. My mother did complete the 8th grade, which was as far as the one room prairie schools offered. Thus, they had no background to guide me about going to college. Not knowing what I wanted to do or become, I enrolled in the local Junior College, as this level was then called. I took vocational courses for almost 2 years. I planned to get my AA, get out, and get a job. One day, when I was in the library, May Louise Jones, the Librarian, and the wife of my favorite teacher, said "Knox, you should continue your education and get a 4 year degree". My reply was "Mrs. Jones, that would take another year or two of academic classes to get the required courses" Her response was "Time is going to pass whether you are in school or not". As simple as that statement was it convinced me that she was right. UCLA, was where my favorite teacher, Mr. Jones. had attended. In the fall of 1949 I had the number and required courses to transfer to UCLA as a junior in business administration. I graduated in June of 1951. I can say, without hesitation, that had I not had 3 and 1/2 years to "find myself" in a community college, I would never earned a 4 year degree. Much credit also goes to inspirational teachers like Mr. and Mrs. Jones, and many others like them who have a MAJOR IMPACT on the lives of first generational college students like me. My sister and brother also attended BJC. My sister graduated from San Diego State, now SDSU. My brother went even further, earned his Phd in Education at USC, and spent the last 17 years as a superintendent of schools in the Taft and Bakersfield area. We all agree, that this could never have happened had it not been for the community college experience! It is for these reasons, and many more, that I am proud to be a member of The MiraCosta College Foundation Board! Linda Fogerson, is our Executive Director. She had done an excellent job of building a great group of men and women as board members, and through them and her personal and staff efforts has increased the annual donations to the foundation by more than 3 Xs what it was when she took the position about 6 years ago. It is a joy and a privilege to work with her, her staff and the board members in our goals to provide scholarships and work towards the success of the students! Knox Williams

Carolyn37

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a full time student, part time student aid, and single mom. Going back to school for me at 40 was quite scary. But going through Mira Costa, and utilizing all of their services, I was able to obtain the help I need to succeed. I work really hard at my grades and was so pleased to be awarded a scholarship! This foundation has made my success all worth it by being able to have all of the necessary supplies & books. The scholarship definetely helped, and the way they go about it made me feel like a star. What a blessing to be able to work with the Mira Costa Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had written mini grants from various sources to help get a foster youth component to my program started. After a couple of nickel and dime grants I was ready to rethink this component. Linda Fogerson and her staff stepped in and help secure a more sustainable grant and now we are serving more former foster youth who have timed out of the system and wish to attend college. They are an amazing group of professionals! Their work has freed me to concentrate on serving my most at risk students.