Reality Changers to Host The Malin Burnham Awards

San Diego’s Million-Dollar Scholarship Spectacular

Reality Changers is set to host The Malin Burnham Awards on Tuesday, May 23, at UCSD’s Price Center Theatre. Named in honor of legendary San Diego philanthropist Malin Burnham, the awards show will honor local luminaries who embody Mr. Burnham’s philosophy of “Community Before Self.”

Nominations are currently being accepted in the following categories:

  • Most-Admired Philanthropist
  • Most-Admired Foundation
  • Most-Admired Business / Corporation
  • Most-Admired News Outlet
  • Most-Admired Public Leader
  • Most-Admired Service Organization

Please visit the award nominations page to submit your nomination by Monday, April 17th. Your participation in the voting process is greatly appreciated.

“The Malin Burnham Awards is a culmination of efforts from some of our city’s most generous civic organizations and businesses,” said Christopher Yanov, Founder & President of Reality Changers. “We are excited involve the community in such a prestigious event, but more importantly, we’re humbled and honored to give our city’s low-income, high-achieving youth a better chance of a bright future.”

Reality Changers will produce the show while UC San Diego’s generous contributions include venue coordination and event support. Other key contributors include local marketing firm Ignite Visibility.

In the spirit of Mr. Burnham’s generous philanthropy, The Malin Burnham Awards aims to raise up to $2 million in scholarships for first-generation San Diego students that have displayed academic achievement and exemplary personal character in the face of hardships.

Proceeds from The Malin Burnham Awards will benefit Reality Changers and help send more than 100 inner-city youth to UCSD’s Academic Connections, a three-week summer residential program where students take real college classes for college credit.

Key dates to remember:

March 21 – April 17: Nominations open

April 21 – May 12: Voting period

May 23: Winners announced at UCSD’s Price Center Theatre

Reception & Heavy Hors D’oeuvres: 5:00 p.m.

Program & Awards Show: 6:00 p.m.

Event Address:

UCSD’s Price Center Theater

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

For more information:

Click here to purchase tickets.

Questions? Please call 619.516.2222 or email


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