San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation

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3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo,  CA 94402
Phone: 650-574-6229


Provides scholarships and program grants for students at community colleges in San Mateo County. Help us invest in our community's future through student success.

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Success Story

When I became pregnant at eighteen, I dropped out of school in order to raise my child. Life was especially difficult as my first baby was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. I provided my daughter with twenty-four hour care because I was afraid she would die at any moment.

Working closely with doctors, studying medical texts, and nursing a very sick little girl gave me my first taste of medicine. Unfortunately, my baby lost the fight and died after three months. After two more children, I decided that the time had come to think about my dream of a carreer in medicine that had arisen during my daughter's illness.

I went to College of San Mateo to pursue my education. The scholarship I received made it possible for me to continue towards my degree in nursing.

As a mother of two girls, ages 9 and 12, and attending college full-time, I am able to work only 8-12 hours per week. A scholarship provides that extra support so I can complete college and care for my family. After college, I hope to specialize as an operating room nurse.

Reema A. El-Khatib

Graduating Class of 2005