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El Camino Student Emergency Fund in Response to COVID-19

During this time of uncertainty and academic upheaval, many have asked how to best help our students. The El.Camino Student Emergency Fund was created with an initial donation of $25,000 from the Foundation’s unrestricted fund to support our most needy students during this critical time.

This fund will help support:

  • Warrior Pantry - food for the drive-through Warrior Cupboard pantry which continues to safely serve ECC students
  • Purchase of laptops for students directly impacted by the transition to remote learning
  • "Hotspots" for WiFi connection for students with no home internet
  • Emergency funds due to lost jobs and reduced wages
  • Rent, transportation and other living expenses

HelpTo donate and grow this fund to help more students, click here and select the El.Camino Student Emergency Fund as the designation (current default option). Thank you for supporting our students with your gift. The world needs more kindness during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Update

Foundation and Scholarship Office

Effective March 18, the Foundation and Scholarship office has closed until further notice. However, staff is working remotely to continue to service the needs of our students. 

If you currently have an El Camino College scholarship and have turned in a reimbursement form, your check will be mailed to you. We are currently calling students to verify mailing addresses, so if you receive a message from us, please call back so we can mail your check ASAP.

If you have any reimbursements, you may submit a picture of your receipts online at and we will mail you a check. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 310-660-6541. We will be checking email and voicemail regularly.

If you applied for a scholarship for fall 2020, you will be notified by Friday, May 15 if a scholarship was awarded. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to navigate through these uncertain and unprecedented times.

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.

Scholarship Season

Its scholarship season at El Camino College! The Foundation office is gearing up to award over 600 scholarships to as many deserving students as possible.

The ECCF Scholarship Reception and Ceremony will take place on May 7, 2019.

Thank you to all the students who took time out of their studies and busy schedules to apply for a scholarship.


Russ Noel Scholarship

Noreen Noel Memorial Scholarship for Nursing recipient, Jenny Denault with Russ Noel. 


South Bay Promise    

Lundquist Charity Brunch

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ECC President Dr. Dena Maloney with philanthropist Melanie Lundquist.

Thank you to Melanie and Richard Lundquist for believing in El Camino College's South Bay Promise program. Enough so, to open up their beautiful home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, to fundraise for a purpose.

Nearly $56,000 was raised by donors to support the South Bay Promise program, which provides free college tuition and support services to local high school graduates. The Lundquists generously announced to match all donations received, garnering a total contribution of $130,000 to the El Camino College Foundation.

El Camino College and their students are grateful for the tremendous support of Melanie and Richard Lundquist. 

Lundquist SBP Charity Brunch Photos



 Learn how the South Bay Promise helps El Camino College students!


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       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 education.

Learn more 

 College is expensive.  
We want to help!

Miguel Canche-Chan

"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."
     - Miguel Canche-Chan

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