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Cal Coast Cares Foundation

California Coast Credit Union was founded in 1929 by local educators, and the non-profit Cal Coast Cares Foundation1 was created in 2015 to continue their legacy by supporting the local education community, including teachers, students and staff.

Each year, the Cal Coast Cares Foundation provides over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving college students and graduating high school seniors in San Diego and Riverside counties to pursue accredited degrees. And now, the Foundation also supports local educators through grants.

Anyone can help transform lives by supporting education. Find out how you can make a difference below.

Plus, all donations will be matched by California Coast up to $5,000!

How You Can Help

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Make a secure donation through PayPal.2

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Call (877) 495-1600 to donate from your account.2


You can also mail a contribution to: Cal Coast Cares Foundation, PO Box 421321, San Diego, CA  92124.

Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships

Student Scholarships

High School—This scholarship award program recognizes outstanding students for their dedication to academic excellence and community leadership. The James L. McPheters Scholarship Program honors former California Coast Credit Union President/CEO James L. McPheters who retired after 21 years of service to the credit union. These scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in San Diego and/or Riverside Counties to help further their education.  

College Bound—This scholarship award program provides monetary support to current college students in need of assistance with academic expenses (see eligible items for support on application form).

Foster/Former Foster Youth—This scholarship award program is for current college students who are in, or have been in, the foster care program. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist foster youth in furthering their education. 

Applications for Cal Coast Cares Foundation scholarships are typically available in January/February. Check back frequently for updates. For questions related to Cal Coast Cares Foundation Student Scholarships, please contact Carol Kennedy at or (858) 636-3012.

Educator Grants

Educator Grants

The Cal Coast Cares Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Educator Grants!

The Educator Grants program provides monetary support to local teachers in San Diego and Riverside counties teachers by funding learning opportunities for students in the STREAM subject categories of science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math.

Applications for Educator Grants are typically available in March. Check back frequently for updates. For questions related to Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grants, please contact Carol Kennedy at or (858) 636-3012.

Questions? Visit any California Coast branch, call (877) 495-1600 or email

1The Cal Coast Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID Number 47-5249703.  
2Cash donations are tax-deductible as applicable by law. Consult your tax advisor for additional information.
3Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax-deductible.

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Our members are our most valuable asset. That’s why everything we do — from the accounts, loans and rates we offer, to the personalized caring attention we provide — is designed to help you to achieve your goals.

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