SAN DIEGO–Lindsay Caddel has been promoted to Director of the Community Scholarships Program and Teachers’ Fund at The San Diego Foundation. She oversees the overall vision, planning, timeline, and management of both programs, and primarily works to develop and implement strategic direction and new fund development, as well as manage the development of the online scholarship application.
“Lindsay has been an integral part of the development of a strong scholarship program,” said Dan Beintema, Vice President of Operations and Community Partnerships at The San Diego Foundation. “During the period Lindsay has been with The Foundation, she has consistently demonstrated strong leadership, project management, problem-solving, and communication skills throughout the various changes in the Scholarship Program. Her ability to build relationships has quickly proven to be a tremendous asset to The Foundation.”
The San Diego Foundation is the largest scholarship provider, outside of the university system, in San Diego County. The program offers a wide variety of scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current college students, and adult re-entry students. Awards are granted to four-year universities, two-year colleges, and graduate and trade/vocational schools.
In order to meet the anticipated increased demand from a sluggish economy, The San Diego Foundation launched an online scholarship application to help ease the process for students applying in 2013. With one application, students could access more than one hundred scholarships held at The San Diego Foundation. Under Lindsay’s leadership, the recent application period closed with phenomenal results. More than 3,000 applicants submitted applications for scholarships, which is nearly 200% increase from last year. 58% of candidates who started an application completed their application this year, as compared to 28% last year. Consequently, The Foundation plans to award upwards of $2.5 million in scholarships in 2013.
Caddel joined The Foundation in 2012. Prior to her start at The Foundation, Lindsay spent nine years at Teach for America, a national nonprofit, working in recruitment and operations.