IECF is honored to announce a $1 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI), which will benefit the dependents of SMBMI team members through the newly created San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Team Member Dependent Scholarship Fund. The fund offers scholarships of $2,500 and $10,000 and in mid-October will make awards to students attending local two and four-year colleges and trade schools in the region.

The Tribe partnered with IECF to offer this new team member benefit that will help dependent children achieve their college education and create a pathway to a better future.

“We are grateful for the contributions that our valued Team Members make each day to keep our enterprises going. We believe investing in them is just as important as Team Members investing their time in our enterprise,” San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Vice-Chairman Johnny Hernandez says. “Everyone should have access to higher education, and we hope this makes the burden of funding those dreams a little bit lighter.”

Applications for scholarships to universities, community colleges, and trade/vocational schools are open to any students who are dependent children of team members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel and Bear Springs Hotel.

For the dependent child to be eligible, the team member must be a current employee of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and have completed 90 days of active employment. Applicants up to 26 years old as of August 1st, 2022, are eligible to apply.

“The Foundation is proud to partner with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and commends their decision to make this financial assistance available to their employees and dependents,” said IECF Board Member Jacob Mejia. “Educational equity is a large focus for how IECF wants to make an impact in the region and we’re grateful that the Tribe is investing in families seeking to better themselves through education.”

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Team Member Dependent Scholarship Fund is one of several programs established by businesses supporting students in the region. To learn more about corporate giving opportunities, contact our Senior Vice President of Charitable Giving, Brie Griset Smith, at 951-241-7777 or

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