We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Community Colleges Train Doctors. SD Foundation scholarships. On-site interviews. Scholarships. A dying father. Disney artist in San Diego. 10K tip. Job Interviews at City College. Budgeting. Colleges that change lives. Jobs. Saving lives. Kindness matters. Scholarship site. Veteran suicide awareness. "Fortnite" for money.

The veterans page: Crisis line. Military benefits. Veterans Day. Suicide awareness. A surprised 8-year-old. Honoring heroic dog. Honorably discharged veterans shop tax-free. Forever GI Bill. Father takes care of 4 children. Integrate Marine Training? Robotic legs. Costs of war. Saluting a fallen soldier. 300K Lotto winner. Vets and painkillers. Vet resources. Grandmother of veteran's family deported. Housing the homeless. Veteran finds healing through adopting a cat. Wounded Marines help others.

Empowering students to fulfill their dreams through education.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Veterans Crisis Line

"If you are having occasional or current suicidal thoughts,


Call the referral number listed below and press option #1 when prompted.  You will be directed to a live, CONFIDENTIAL, compassionate veteran service provider. 

 This veteran hotline is available 24-hours a day

Let someone help!  1(800) 273-TALK (8255) (press 1)

If you are a female who served in ANY capacity in the Armed Forces,

 "Women Vets on Point"

is an additional point of contact for resources and support.

For more information, visit:

You may also connect with their live team via chat (M-F 0800-1700),

WVOP@usvetsinc.org or
(213) 335-5432

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Community Colleges Help Train Doctors

Medical Doctors who began their education at a community college are more likely to choose family medicine which helps the community. How Community Colleges Can Help End California's Doctor Shortage appeared in the California Health Care Foundation blog on 12-4-18.

Scholarship Info

The San Diego Foundation has opened the 2019-2020 Common Scholarship Application!

With California residents producing the most FAFSA applications in the nation, it is evident that students in California need financial support when pursuing post-secondary education. Help your students receive the financial support they need by having them complete our online scholarship application.

Our online application provides more than 100 scholarship opportunities with awards ranging from $1,000 to more than $5,000. Some scholarships can be renewed for multiple years, helping offset the financial burden for a student's entire undergraduate career.

Our scholarships are open to:
  • Graduating high school seniors
  • Current college students (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Adult re-entry students
  • Students with financial need (includes middle income families)
  • Students attending 4-year, community college or career/technical schools
Please pass this information to students, parents, your colleagues, and anyone else you think may benefit from these scholarship opportunities.

The application can be accessed at SDFoundation.org/CSA. For questions, email scholarships@sdfoundation.org or call (619) 814-1343.
Application deadline is Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 2pm.

Thank you for spreading the word and helping San Diego students pursue their educational goals.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Military Benefits

10 Military Benefits You May Not Know About: Free tax prep, long-term care, life insurance, etc. This information appeared on militarybenefits.info


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

On-site interviews at the San Diego City College Transfer Center (from Ricky Flahive):

Good morning City College! 

GKN Aerospace will be doing onsite interviews in the Transfer Career Center today until 2pm, and we are also hosting a Halloween social on the importance of Networking at 12:45pm

Plenty of room for both events, don't miss out!!!
Next on-site interview dates:
Nov. 14
Nov. 28
Dec. 12
Contact (619) 388-3722 for more info.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018



In 2018, The San Diego Foundation awarded $2.7 million in scholarships to more than 900 students, making The Foundation the largest private non-university scholarship provider in San Diego County. Scholarship opportunities

Opportunities are available for San Diego County residents pursuing a higher education locally and nationally. Apply as early as December 5th if you have:

  1. Commitment to your education
  2. Potential for success in college
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.0 for many scholarships
  4. Participation in community service, extracurricular activities and/or work experience
  5. Financial need (including middle income families)

Applicants can be:   
  1. Graduating high school seniors
  2. Career/technical school students
  3. Community college students
  4. Current undergraduate students
  5. Graduate, medical and professional students
  6. Adult re-entry students



  1. Four-year universities
  2. Community colleges
  3. Career/technical schools
  4. Graduate, medical and professional schools
  5. Teaching credential programs


Application Deadlines

  1. Application available online: December 5, 2018
  2. Deadline to finish application: February 5, 2019 (2:00 p.m.)
  3. Applicants notified: By June 5, 2019

Learn more at SDFoundation.org/Scholarships

Contact the Scholarships team at 619-814-1343 or scholarships@sdfoundation.org

Monday, October 22, 2018

A Dying Father

My wife, Quyen, taught me about the love between a daughter and her dying father.

"It is the love from a child to the person who gave her life . . ."

The Truest Thing appeared in Quiet Storm in October 2018.

What a Tip!

How do you brighten a restaurant worker's day? Leave a 10K tip. Man orders 2 cups of water at NC restaurant, leaves $10,000 tip appeared on MSN News.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


I know; you'd rather have a root canal than work on your monthly budget and I'm with you (well almost -- I remember having a root canal and I think I'd rather work on my budget!). However here is why working with a budget is essential: you have to gauge how much money you have, how much you're spending, how much you're saving (or not saving), and make necessary adjustments or you're going to be in the red (read debt) and not have a clue about why. A budget is like the speedometer in your car; it tells you how fast you're going on the freeway to avoid a speeding ticket or how rapidly your savings account is growing or diminishing (hopefully growing). A budget also tells you if your plan is working.

How to set a budget and stick with it appeared on Yahoo! Finance. The article also gives you a good guideline to follow re: how much to allocate to essentials, discretionary, and savings.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Colleges That Change Lives

Looking for a college where you can make a difference in the world? Colleges That Change Lives started from a book by Loren Pope though it has no official affiliation with the author. Use the site as a resource for finding a college where you can make your mark on the world.

Need a Job?

The Career/Transfer Center at City has job listings! Employers can also post jobs on their site. For info, go to https://www.collegecentral.com/sdcity/ or contact the Career/Transfer Center in M-101 or 619-388-3722.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018