The mission of the El Camino College Foundation is to develop community relationships
and raise funds to support students' success in education and life.
Established in 1983, the El Camino College Foundation was set up as a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization, to support higher education, arts and athletics. Coincidentally, the
state began charging for community college in 1984. As student demographics changed
and state funding decreased, the Foundation’s focus shifted to support student scholarships,
academic programs and STEM education.
2018 Distinguished Alumni and Gratitude Awards
We had the distinct honor of inducting this year's class of notable alumni at our
Distinguished Alumni and Gratitude Awards dinner on February 1, 2019. We were proud
to recognize the accomplishments of six remarkable Warriors at the beautiful Torrance
Thank you to all the friends, family and guests who came out to support our deserving
Pictured L to R: Distinguished Alumnus Dan Keenan; ECCF Executive Director Andrea
Sala; Distinguished Alumnus Former Assemblymember Rocky Chavez; Distinguished Alumna
Sherry Kramer; Gratitude Award Recipient Frances Ford; ECC President/Superintendent
Dr. Dena Maloney; Gratitude Award Recipient Edison International/Southern California
Edison represented by Connie Turner; and ECCF Board President Mark Waronek. Not pictured
South Bay Promise
Through the Foundation, El Camino College recently received a $50,000 pledge from
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. as a lead gift to create the South Bay Promise Endowment
The South Bay Promise program provides affordable access to a college education. This
commitment from Honda will be the catalyst for providing long-term funding in perpetuity
for students in the South Bay.
Dr. Dena Maloney and Andrea Sala (center) surrounded by friends from American Honda
Motor Co. - Karin Baker and Steve Morikawa (on left) and Alexandra Warnier and Kacey
Takeshima-Ahn (on right).
Learn how the South Bay Promise helps El Camino College students!
In the fall of 2018, with the help of the El Camino College Foundation and South Bay
community partners, the South Bay Promise will be available for all high school seniors
in the El Camino Community College District. Enrollment fees for the first year will
be paid for up to 500 high school graduates who commit to attending El Camino College
full-time (12 units) in the fall immediately following graduation and complete the
necessary matriculation steps to ensure success. The South Bay Promise hopes to attract
high school seniors to El Camino College at little or no cost to them.
Through the South Bay Promise, students will go from high school directly to El Camino
College with the choice of two pathways: transfer to a four-year university or career
"I am the first to attend college in my family. Going to college wasn't on my radar until I heard about the South Bay Promise program from my counselor. El
Camino College has been great; I plan to major in Kinesiology."