The San Marcos Promise is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2014. Our roots, however, span more than a decade:


The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) created a program called Partners Advancing College Education Promise (PACE Promise). Under this program, SMUSD students are guaranteed admission to CSUSM as long as they meet the admission requirements.


The Leichtag Foundation committed $6M to support scholarships for students who meet PACE Promise benchmarks with a focus on helping first-generation college students.


In order to expand the PACE Promise and create more programs to support students, The San Marcos Promise was established. Today we still administer the PACE Promise, along with several other scholarships and programs. Learn more about how we can help.


In addition to providing scholarships to support students pursuing higher education, The San Marcos Promise (TSMP) is sharpening its focus on 21st Century work skills and workforce development. TSMP is the link between the business community, the civic and non-profit community, and our schools. We provide real-world experiences and opportunities, in and out of the classroom, for our students.