Cuesta College is removing financial barriers for future San Luis Obispo County high school graduates with the groundbreaking scholarship program called the Cuesta College Promise. Beginning in fall 2014, all newly graduated (fall 2013 or spring 2014) students can attend their first semester at Cuesta free of charge.

"All San Luis Obispo County high school completers, whether they come from public or private schools, or are home schooled, are eligible for the Promise scholarship," said Cuesta College President/Superintendent Dr. Gil Stork. "The Cuesta Promise will open up the opportunity for many young people in our county to attend college regardless of family income."

The Cuesta Promise is the result of a generous donation of more than $8 million to the Cuesta College Foundation from the Charles and Leeta Dovica Family Trust. The scholarship endowment will pay for the per unit cost of classes, health fees, Associated Students of Cuesta College fees, materials fees, Student Center fees, and the Student Rep fee. The Promise will save an average full-time student an estimated $626 for their first semester of college. In addition to breaking down financial barriers, the scholarship is designed to improve the college-going rate in SLO County and enhance the quality of the local workforce.

“The Foundation board members are amazed at the generosity of the Dovica Family,” said Bob Wacker, the president of the Cuesta College Foundation. “Their bequest will have a lasting impact in our community by tripling the number of scholarships the Foundation gives out each year.”

"The Promise will allow San Luis Obispo families to better plan how they are going to afford college for their children,” said Dr. Stork. “Whether a student’s goal is building a skill for the workforce, getting an associates degree or transferring to a four-year college, a fee-free first semester is truly a win/win opportunity."

Students will be able to begin the application process on November 1st, 2013, by going to The webpage contains information on the steps a student must take in order to attain the Promise, along with detailed instructions, timelines and frequently asked questions. Students who do not qualify for the Promise can still apply for many of the existing scholarships that are offered through the foundation. The deadline to apply for all scholarships, including the Promise, is March 2, 2014.

The Cuesta College Foundation was founded in 1973 for the specific and primary purposes of promoting the general welfare of Cuesta College. The Foundation assists and supports Cuesta College in the attainment of educational, scientific and cultural goals and in fulfilling the College’s mission of service to the community. The gift from the Charles and Leeta Dovica Family Trust is the largest in the foundation’s forty-year history. As the lead entity for resource development for the College, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars for student scholarships, equipment, and programs and projects.

Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / / Posted: 10/11/13