$8.7 Million in Student Aid Awarded to SB County Students

May 27, 2015Santa Barbara, CA. The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara will award a record $8.7 million to nearly 3,000 Santa Barbara County students at two annual awards ceremonies this week – today in Santa Barbara and on Thursday, May 28 in Santa Maria

Proud parents, students, and local philanthropic leaders will gather at the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse to honor students from the southern part of the county on May 27 and at First Christian Church in Santa Maria to honor students from the northern part of the county on May 28.

The annual awards ceremonies will be hosted by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara in conjunction with its largest partner, the Santa Barbara Foundation. Both events are free and are open to the public.

This year, the Scholarship Foundation received 3,481 applications for financial support. While 2,948 of those students will receive critical student aid, over 500 deserving students were turned away due to lack of funds.

“The Board of Directors of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is extremely grateful to our many contributors who have made it possible for the foundation to award a record $8.7 million in aid this year.  This is the largest amount awarded by any community scholarship provider in the nation. However, as proud as we are of this achievement, we never stop thinking about the many worthy young people that we had to turn away. It is heartbreaking to deny aid to any deserving student who wishes to pursue a higher education degree or credential,” said Janet Garufis, President of the Board of Directors of the Scholarship Foundation.

Community members wishing to show their support are invited to attend today’s awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. and the May 28 awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

About the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s mission is to inspire, encourage, and support Santa Barbara County students in their pursuit of higher education through financial aid advising and scholarships. Since 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has provided more than 39,600 scholarships to local students with a value of $96.3 million.  Additionally, the Scholarship Foundation provides free financial aid advising services to more than 36,500 students and parents each year. The Scholarship Foundation has been rated a “four-star” charity by Charity Navigator for ten years.

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