Make a Promise

Attaining a college education is more challenging than ever before. The San Marcos Promise provides guidance and scholarships, which allows students to pursue a higher education and achieve their career goals. Your contribution will allow us to continue providing greater levels of support that will open doors for every student in the San Marcos Unified School District.

What will yours be?


Will support one Promise Scholar for up to 4 years at CSUSM


Will support the development of our Future Centers at our high schools


Will support one Promise Scholar for 2nd year tuition at Palomar College


Will provide a scholarship for three elementary students to attend LEAP Camp


Will sponsor a fieldtrip to CSUSM for 50 7th grade students
We Promise to provide a $4,000 scholarship to every qualified graduate of the San Marcos Unified School District.

It’s easy to quantify the return on your investment in real estate or the stock market. But an investment in a student’s education can’t be measured. It’s exponential. It strengthens our community and it’s easy to see what a difference it makes in the lives of each of our students.

Your gift can take the form of a one-time contribution or a recurring gift. A $1,000 donation will support one student for an entire academic year in post-secondary education.

If making an online donation, please consider adding 3% to your contribution to cover our transaction fees and ensure your donation will be maximized.

You can choose your recurring timeframe, whether monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually.  But first, select an amount and we’ll take you there…

If anyone can appreciate the lengths to which we have gone to support students upon graduation, it is our employees. They are the heartbeat of this district, working collaboratively to ensure every student, parent, and community member are engaged in the educational process. Employees of the San Marcos Unified School District can set up automatic contributions via payroll and a portion of each paycheck will be deducted as a charitable, tax-free donation. This is an easy way to support The San Marcos Promise on a regular basis at the level that you chose. To download Payroll Deduction Form Click Here.

Complete Payroll Deduction Form

You can leave a lasting legacy in our community by including The San Marcos Promise in your estate plans, making a gift of stock or setting up a scholarship in memory/honor of a loved one. Contact us below if you would like to discuss planned giving opportunities.

Contact Our Programs Coordinator

Help Us Invest in the Human Capitol of our Students

Keep in mind that when you make a promise to a student, we are committing to four years of scholarship support. As scholarship recipients, we monitor the academic progress of all Promise Scholars to ensure they are holding up their end of the bargain. In addition, Promise Scholars are also required to perform community service and mentor current students in the San Marcos Unified School District.

Is my donation secure?
Absolutely. The security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donations. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations, and we will only share personal information if you have given us specific permission to do so.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.
Will I receive a receipt?
A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide on this form. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes. If you select a recurring donation, you will be sent an individual receipt each month when your donation is processed.

We also encourage sending donations directly to us at:


255 Pico Ave, Ste 103

San Marcos, CA 92069