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June 5, 2014

The Price Scholarship Program helps prepare students for the job market by encouraging and assisting them in obtaining a certificate or an associate’s degree from San Diego City College within two to three years. The students each receive a $10,000 scholarship for their education as well as structured community volunteer experiences with local nonprofit agencies.

The program offers various forms of support to help students fulfill their educational goals: financial assistance, seminars, individual counseling, mentoring, a program retreat and social events. The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), specifically, collaborates with the Price Scholarship to provide work-readiness training and summer career pathway development for students in their first year of the program.

Sandra Bauler, SDWP employer contract specialist, works directly with the students on their career and personal development. “We are always looking for innovative ways to reach the students so we can help develop their career and personal goals,” she says. “It’s about the entire person, motivating them to be their personal best and to offer them more options than they would normally have.”

María Elena Delgado, Price Scholarship director, says the program—and specifically Bauler’s work with the students—offer very practical work-based learning activities and builds great soft skills for the students. “I love the fact that we can offer students the work-readiness training and work-based learning opportunities that can prepare them for what employers are really looking for,” Delgado says. “Students can hone their résumés and engage in mock interviews so they are prepared to find employment. Sandy presents great real-world experiences so the students have a practical idea of what to expect.”

Delgado adds that the students are often excited to come back and share their successes of securing a job interview or employment. “Sandy has impacted more than 400 students since she began working with us in 2005,” she says. 

The program also provides students with opportunities related to structured job shadowing, community service assignments and internships with local community agencies, schools and businesses in San Diego.

Started in 1999, the Price Scholarship Program is available for students graduating from Garfield, Crawford, Lincoln, Monarch, Morse, San Diego High Schools, Urban Corps and current students attending San Diego City College. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA upon high school graduation, have a demonstrated financial need, and be able to provide 4 to 6 hours of community service weekly with a pre-selected nonprofit community agency or school throughout their two-year participation in the program.

The Price Scholarship Program is made possible by the Sol Price College of Retailing Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the Price Scholarship Program, visit

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