Board of Directors Meeting

The public is invited to observe the Board of Directors meeting via Zoom (email the foundation to receive a link to join the meeting

The Board of Directors Meeting is September 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Faculty and Staff Grant Awards

Cabrillo Faculty and Staff are invited to apply now!

The Cabrillo College Foundation and Associated Students of Cabrillo College (ASCC) has $114,000 available to award to Cabrillo faculty and staff for grants to enhance student learning. There is one application process for the various grant programs. Please review the eligibility and guidelines below.

2020 Faculty and Staff Grants Guidelines

Faculty and Staff Grants Awards Program 1-23-20

Emergency Grants for Students

Help students with $500 grants

The Covid-19 pandemic is hurting our students. We are issuing $500 emergency grants to enrolled students who need aid.

CAP Ceremony Canceled

Ceremony scheduled for March 24th at Crocker Theater CANCELED

The Covid-19 concerns are forcing us to cancel our annual Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) ceremony scheduled for March 24th at the Crocker Theater. We will miss welcoming the 70 new 6th graders and their families to the program.

Ow Family Continues American Dream Scholarship Tradition

141 High School Students Receive Scholarships to Attend Cabrillo College

For the 29th consecutive year, long-time philanthropist George Ow, Jr. and his family provided American Dream Scholarships of $500 to local ethnic minority high school seniors. The Ow family awarded 141 high school seniors American Dream scholarships in last week ceremony and George Ow, Jr. addressed the students and reflected on his own experience at community college, “Every class, I learned something new and exciting and that’s what I wish for you: for you to come to Cabrillo to learn every day. Learn something new. Learn something you never dreamed about.”

Since 1989, the Ow Family has awarded over $608,000 to graduating high school students coming to Cabrillo. It is just one of the many ways the Ow Family has supported students and mission of Cabrillo College over the years.

Eleven scholarship recipients spoke at the ceremony and thanked the Ow Family for their generous support. One graduating senior from Aptos High, Allyson Goldman, intends to use her scholarship as she pursues a career in nursing at Cabrillo. Allyson told the audience, “In my eyes, Cabrillo is the best option for me as it is more affordable, while still having an amazing medical program. I would like to thank George Ow, Jr. and the Ow family for their generosity and kindness. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me.”

The video of the event is below!

Stadium Turf Campaign

Urgent need

Our stadium turf in Carl Conelly Stadium at Cabrillo has outlived its life and is now a safety concern for our student athletes — the cost to resurface is $1.2 million. In order to ensure that our football and soccer teams (not to mention the numerous youth teams that use the stadium) have a proper playing surface, Cabrillo has committed $800,000 to this project and we are breaking ground in March, but we need your to complete the project and celebrate our graduates on new turf this May.

Can you help? We have thank you benefits at every level of support — click here to learn more!




High Achievers Celebrated at Ceremony 4/9/19

10 Students Receive $10,000 each to attend Cabrillo College

We celebrated 10 of Cabrillo’s high achieving students who each received a $10,000 scholarship.  It was wonderful to hear their stories and support them on their journey to academic success. Thank YOU for being a part of these students’ experience with your support of the foundation.

If you have ever wondered if scholarship gifts help our students, press play and hear directly from them!

open to all alumni, retirees, and friends

free event!

Please join us:

Saturday, November 3
5-7 pm
Horticulture Center at Cabrillo

featuring “flash lectures” by:

  • alumni — Astrid Atkinson
  • faculty — Robin McFarland
  • retired faculty — Brian Legakis

hosted by the Cabrillo College Foundation

register by calling 831-479-6338 or email

Cabrillo Foundation honors Monterey Peninsula Foundation

The Cabrillo Foundation recognizes the generous contribution of our partner in education

The Cabrillo College Foundation recognized the generous contributions from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation at a celebration on December 1, 2017.

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas through the strategic disbursement of charitable funds generated by hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the PURE Insurance Championship.

We are pleased to celebrate MPF and the significant impact they have made at Cabrillo College. Since 2011, MPF has awarded Cabrillo with over $900,000. They have recently granted the college $240,000 to fund the first year of Guided Pathways, which aims to dramatically improve student success.

Steve John, CEO of MPF said, “The Monterey Peninsula Foundation is so proud to partner with Cabrillo on this campus-wide program. By funding the inaugural year of this initiative, we are able to help properly launch this program until state funding kicks in. We hope this new approach will have far reaching success and give all of our community’s students a rewarding college experience.”

Matt Wetstein to be Cabrillo’s next President

Cabrillo's new president to start February 1st

Cabrillo College has announced that the Chair of the Superintendent/President Search Committee, Trustee Gary Reece, and Dr. Matthew Wetstein have reached a tentative agreement for Dr. Wetstein to be the next President/Superintendent of Cabrillo College, with a projected start date of February 1, 2018.

“The Superintendent/President Search Committee is thrilled with the recommendation of Dr. Matthew Wetstein to be Cabrillo’s next President and Superintendent,” said Gary Reece, Cabrillo Trustee and Search Committee Chair. “Dr. Wetstein has broad leadership, research, strategic planning and instruction experience, both at California Community Colleges and at the state level. We, along with Cabrillo’s Faculty and Staff are very excited about the prospect of Dr. Wetstein leading Cabrillo into its next 60 years of excellence.”

Dr. Wetstein is currently the Assistant Superintendent and Vice President of Instruction and Planning at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, where, to date, he has participated in research funding and institutional grants totaling $8 Million. Prior to that, he served as Interim Dean of the San Joaquin Delta College Agriculture, Science and Math Division, and before that, was the Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness for five years. He has served as the President of the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges from 2014-2016. His research on the effects of the economic recession on California Community College Students has won national and state awards. Dr. Wetstein began his academic career as a Political Science Instructor, with more than a dozen years of postsecondary teaching experience at colleges and universities in California and Indiana. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, and he holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Illinois.

We look forward to working with Dr. Wetstein to help students at Cabrillo achieve the best education possible!

“I am honored at the prospect of joining the Cabrillo College family. The entire process of interviewing, meeting Cabrillo staff and faculty, and being recommended by the Search Committee has just reaffirmed how special the College is. I look forward to working with everyone to expand the Cabrillo culture of serving students and helping them make breakthroughs that change their lives for the better,” said Matt.