The Price Family Charitable Fund approved the following grants, among others, at its February grant screening meeting.
SDSU Price Community Scholars Program
Approved a four year grant to create a new program at San Diego State University (SDSU). The Price Community Scholars Program will have two purposes. The first will be to encourage high-achieving local students to enroll at SDSU and become Price Community Scholars. The second will be for the Scholars to mentor middle and high school students enrolled at City Heights schools. As mentors, the Scholars will have regular personal contact with their mentees with the explicit goal of helping the mentees enhance their academic skills and prepare for higher education.
Preference will be given to City Heights and Southeast San Diego high school students for scholarship awards. Recipients need to demonstrate a financial need and be the first in their family to attend college. Fifteen recipients will be selected for the program based on academic promise as evidenced by grades, standardized test scores, and teacher evaluations.
University of California San Diego (UCSD) Shiley Eye Center
Approved a grant to fund 5,500 Pre-K to 5th grade children within the Hoover feeder pattern to receive comprehensive vision care and glasses when necessary. The EyeMobile/Save Our Children’s Sight Program is a best practice public health model that identifies, treats, and prevents vision disorder in low-income children. The lack of vision care and glasses has been identified by local educators as a major impediment to school readiness and success. The program will be administered by the Shiley EyeMobile and be completed by the end of the 2011/2012 school year.
San Diego African American History Archive at San Diego State University (SDSU)
Approved a grant to support the archiving and digitizing of San Diego African American artifacts. The SDSU library will house the artifacts in special collections and make much of the work available to the general public online at http://library.sdsu.edu/support-library. The one of a kind materials consist of photos, writings, tape recordings, and other documents.
Clean and Safe Initiative
Approved funding to continue support for the Urban Corps of San Diego’s Clean and Safe Initiative. Urban Corps is a nonprofit program that offers job training and education to disadvantaged young adults aged 18-25. The Clean and Safe Initiative focuses on cleaning up and maintaining the areas of University Avenue between 33rd and 50th streets and Fairmount Avenue between Orange Avenue and Landis Street in City Heights.