David Malcolm, San Diego community leader and philanthropist, has announced the 2023 David Malcolm Scholarship. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, March 20, 2023, and close on Friday, June 30, 2023. Mr. Malcolm will then select this year’s recipient in July.
Growing up in a low-income family, Mr. Malcolm has first-hand experience with the obstacles and challenges financially disadvantaged students face with furthering their education. Today, as a real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Malcolm created the scholarship as one of many philanthropic endeavors to help others in need.
The David Malcolm Scholarship is meant for students with financial needs who have overcome obstacles in their educational advancement. Applicants for the scholarship are students who have beaten the odds but need financial assistance to continue to do so.
“This year’s recipient will be a student who, without question, is deserving based on how hard they have worked to get into college,” David Malcolm explained. “Many of the scholarship applicants in the past two years have overcome obstacles through their perseverance and are on the cusp of making their dreams come true. This scholarship will help them do exactly that.”
To be eligible to apply, a student must be a high school senior who has already been accepted to attend an accredited university or college. Alternatively, they can be a student enrolled in a full-time program at an accredited college or university. Applicants must also have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Applicants must submit an essay discussing a current obstacle to their education and how the David Malcolm Scholarship will help them overcome it. The essay must also discuss how a college education will help them succeed in life after graduation.
One candidate will be selected at the end of July 2023 and notified by email; they will have two weeks to accept the scholarship. Should the winner not accept the award within the two-week time period, a new winner will be chosen in their stead.
Last year, Mr. Malcolm received a record number of scholarship applications, spurring him to choose two recipients. Each year, the goal is to search for students who best emulate the intent of the David Malcolm Scholarship and serve as an inspiration for others.
About David Malcolm
David Malcolm is a San Diego-based real estate entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community leader. His involvement with the boards of several higher education institutions shows the value of giving back to the community. He and his wife, Annie, support several nonprofits, including two gymnasiums in the city.