SAN DIEGO– The Albert W. and Mildred Hubbard Scholarship Fund celebrates 10 years of giving to students of Escondido and Valley Center.
Established in 2001, the Hubbard Scholarship fund has awarded a total of $567,852 to 57 aspiring students of Escondido and Valley Center. In the 2011-2012 year alone, the fund has granted $75,300 to a total of 18 recipients.
Al Hubbard spent most of his formative years in foster homes in the early 1900s, experiencing many of the problems associated with that circumstantial environment. The result left him with few options, the best being to join the Navy where he found a home and a life he loved. However, as the result of a permanent disability sustained while on active duty, he received a medical discharge from the Navy. Over time, Hubbard went from working menial jobs in Escondido, to eventually acquiring various businesses in the area and accumulating a significant estate.
While Al never complained about the loss of his naval career or the disability he sustained, he did have regrets about not getting an education. It was his decision to leave the major portion of his estate to provide college scholarships for the youth of Escondido and Valley Center who “could not go to college without my help.” His attitude was “I made my money in Escondido and want to leave it in Escondido.”
The Hubbard Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship based upon students maintaining full-time enrollment, a minimum 2.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale, good citizenship record, and demonstrating financial need. Renewal amounts are determined annually.
Over the years, many recipients have expressed their gratitude to the Hubbard’s for providing them the means to obtain a higher level education. Taylor Semrau, a fourth year student at UC Berkley and four-year Hubbard Scholarship recipient, said “I realize that without the support from the Hubbard Foundation I would not have had the opportunities that I currently do and thus I am endlessly grateful to both the Hubbard Family and The San Diego Foundation for making these funds available, especially in light of the current economic difficulties and university fee increases. I truly ensure that when I have the means to do so, I will return this support to the future generations of scholars in San Diego.”
If you share Al and Mildred Hubbard’s goal to provide a quality education to students in San Diego and want to establish a new scholarship fund or want to contribute to an existing scholarship fund at The San Diego Foundation, contact Arzo Mansury, Director of Scholarships and the San Diego Teachers’ Fund, at (619) 235-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in applying for scholarships can access a multitude of links and resources, as well as the Common Scholarship Application on our website at www.sdfoundation.org/scholarships. The application process will open in November.