Skyline College hosted the 19th Annual President’s Breakfast on Thursday, March 21,2019 at the Lake Merced Golf Course. A crowd of 250 donors gathered from across northern San Mateo County, including representatives from national, state and local government; the San Mateo Community College Board of Trustees; our sister colleges and fellow educators; and the local business community.
This year’s Breakfast was incredibly successful, raising roughly $240,000 to support students through the Promise Scholars Program. In addition to providing student scholarships, these funds continue to support the innovative projects and initiatives of the President’s Innovation Fund – a mini-grant process that allows faculty and staff to launch creative and effective approaches to achieving Skyline College’s mission, vision and values. These projects continue to shape the landscape of Skyline College.
At the event, a short film highlighted the great work done by several of the President’s Innovation Fund recipients – work that is a direct result of fundraising from the breakfast.
This year’s guest speaker, Promise Scholar Kevin Martinez, spoke about his experience as a Promise Scholar and how the program empowered him to lead other students as a Supplemental Instruction Leader. The moving address underscored why the Promise Scholars Program is such a critical initiative to ensure that every student can attend college.
Kevin said it best in his own words while speaking to President’s Breakfast attendees:
“The Promise Scholars Program is truly a catalyst that can spark a world of potential in a single individual. It’s a key that can unlock unlimited possibilities. It’s a first step in a much larger journey – a journey that me, and all 507 of my fellow Promise Scholars are just starting on – right now.”
Article by Connor Fitzpatrick | Photo by Zaw Min Khant