We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Carlos Sanz Memorial Scholarship. Good time to buy a used car. San Diego City College Scholarships. Music and business. Kindness is contagious. San Diego Foundation Scholarships. Mental Health Peer Educator jobs. Thanksgiving meal for students. Holiday jobs. 40 ways to save. Cell phone plans. Giving away a fortune. Meals on Wheels. Car giveaway. Items that save money. 100K jobs. Azim Khamisa. Little Free Library. Best used cars.

The veterans page: Veteran finds healing through adopting a cat. Wounded Marines help others. Video: Soldier and dog greet each other after 6 months apart. Happy Veterans Day! Helping make a Marine's dream come true. GI Bill. Friendship. Faith and PTSD. Bell tower at Miramar Cemetery. Shelter to Soldiers. Homes For Our Troops. Impacting Veteran Homelessness. Project COMBAT. Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day. Preventing veteran suicide. A gift of a home. Humanitarian food and toy drop. Breaking new ground as a female combat engineer. "Just A Common Soldier." Volunteers help a former Marine with Leukemia. Expanded Veterans' Services.

Memorable quote: "What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year." -- Vern McLellan.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Scholarship for AB540 Students

Carlos Sanz Memorial Scholarship


Carlos Sanz was the son of Mexican immigrants. He had to start working at a young age to help support his family and became a successful businessman. He never attended college but passed on his love of reading and education to his sons. His son Andre is a Counselor here at City College. This opportunity is for AB540 students.

  • Must be AB540 student
  • GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Must have a declared major
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) units at City College in Fall and Spring of the current academic year.
If there is no funding or there are no qualified applicants that reflect this format the scholarship will not be awarded for that year.



Supplemental Questions
  1. I am an AB540 student
  2. Carlos Sanz Questionnaire
    • 1. How will this scholarship help you complete your education? (250 words max)
    • 2. What adversity have you faced in pursuing your education? (250 words max)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Army Vet Heals Through Loving Her Cat

"I was in such a bad place. I remember thinking, 'How am I going to get out of this?' And then I saw that face, and I just felt something. And when you don't usually feel much and you finally feel something, you kind of have to act on that." -- Army veteran, Karolyn Smith, on seeing her cat, Sophia, for the first time on San Diego Humane Society's Facebook page.

How An Amputee Cat Helped A San Diego Veteran Heal Herself appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on January 14, 2017.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Is It A Good Time to Buy a Used Car?

"This is the first material (car inventory) decline we've seen since the recession." -- Jonathan Banks, an analyst at J.D. Power. The Time is Right to Buy a Used Vehicle was published in the LA Times on December 27, 2016.

Monday, December 19, 2016

San Diego City College Scholarships Open!

Need money for school? Check out the San Diego City College Scholarships open until Feb. 24, 2017. Awards: $175 to $1000.

Music and Business -- Career Opportunities

Music majors at SDSU have options beyond a career in performance. By taking part in a five-course minor, they can expand their career prospects. SDSU Music Students On Track to Be Entrepreneurs was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on December 17, 2016.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kindness Goes a Long Way

A Toys R Us employee steps in to help a mother who was a little short on cash, and the kindness was repaid tenfold. This story appeared on MSN News.

San Diego Foundation Scholarships

If you're a graduating high school senior or a college student, the San Diego Foundation has local scholarships to help you go to school. You can use one common application to apply for 100 scholarships.

Even if you’re not a straight-A, star athlete or student body president, they have scholarship opportunities if you have:
  • Commitment to your education
  • Potential for success in college
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Participation in community service, extracurricular activities and/or work experience
  • Need of help to pay for school (including middle-income families)
Deadline to submit: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 2pm PST.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ways to Avoid Spending Too Much

One way to help with holiday expenses? Sell some of your excess stuff and use the extra cash for your holiday budget. Here are some other tips: Prepare Your Finances for the Holidays from MSN.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Jobs Available!

Mental Health Peer Educators and Military Veteran Peer Educators needed for Spring 2017. Work 10 hours a week at the Mental Health Counseling Center on campus.

  • Oversee information tables
  • Classroom presentations
  • Represent the Mental Health Counseling Center at campus events
Contact: Alyssa Panyawai at apanyawai@sdccd.edu

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Students Provide Food for Thanksgiving

"We started it because many students on campus are not able to spend Thanksgiving with their family." -- Yasmeen Obeid, social vice president for the Associated Student Organization at Southwestern College

Students Organize Thanksgiving Dinners for Others at Two Colleges was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on November 23, 2016.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cell Phone Plans

Here are some no-contract cell phone carriers that could save you money over the big companies:

Consumer Cellular took first place in the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards for mobile carriers and the company was recognized by JD Power for best-in-class customer service. Their plans start as low as $10 a month.

Republic Wireless also ranked high in the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards. Republic Wireless has 4G LTE and WiFi. Plans start at $15 a month with unlimited talk, text, and WiFi data and you have the ability to change your plan based on your use needs.

Cricket Wireless plans start at $30 a month with 4G LTE, 1GB data, and unlimited nationwide talk and text. Cricket Wireless has been recommended by Consumer Reports and the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards.

Page Plus has been recommended by Consumer Reports. Their plans start at $12 a month with 250 minutes or $39.95 with unlimited minutes.

Ting has been recommended by Consumer Reports. Their plans are based on your actual usage and their average customer monthly bill is $23.

MetroPCS is ranked highly in the PC Mag Readers' Choice Awards. They have a $30 plan that includes unlimited data, talk, and text.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Giving Away a Fortune

"We live only one life. When you die, there's nothing great about being the richest person in the world. That doesn't count. What's important is to have a positive attitude, come up with good ideas and have a willing heart." -- Charlie Yim

Self-Made Millionaire Plans to Give It All Away was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 8, 2016.


Delivering Meals and Much More

"When I was here in this country, my mom was really sick. Some of the guys I grew up with, whenever she needed something done, they would do it. This is my way of giving back. If someone could help my mom, then I feel it's my duty to help someone else's mom." -- Meals on Wheels volunteer, Allan Thomas.

Retiree Finds Second Career With Meals On Wheels was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 25, 2016.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Items that save you $

How can a crock-pot, coffee maker, or cable modem save you money? Check out this MSN article to find out.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

100K Jobs

These 11 jobs can pay $100K or more a year and there isn't a medical doctor or lawyer in the group.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Forgiveness, Not Violence

Azim Khamisa lost his son, Tariq, to a senseless act of violence. Forgiveness gave his life a new purpose. Khamisa and Ples Felix, the grandfather of the boy who killed Tariq, have formed a bond to prevent youth violence. 

"I like to quote Gandhi. 'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.'" -- Azim Khamisa

"Mr. Khamisa's forgiveness and the forgiveness of Mr. Khamisa's family helped my grandson realize he is not a throwaway person." -- Ples Felix.

Senseless Violence, Unbelievable Forgiveness: The Tariq Khamisa Foundation was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on October 8, 2016.

Tariq Khamisa Foundation