Julia Rodgers, a former journalist and attorney who now works as an independent writer and editor, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.
A native of Illinois, Ms. Rodgers earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University before working as a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. She later graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and worked as a litigator. Ms. Rodgers also served as director of communications at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 2002.
A former board member for Storyteller Children’s Center, Ms. Rodgers has contributed to fundraising and public relations efforts on behalf of Crane Country Day School, Laguna Blanca School, the local youth development organization AHA!, and the Santa Barbara School of Squash, among other nonprofits. She wrote and edited a publication commemorating the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s 50th anniversary and has served as a student interviewer for the foundation.
“Julia has been a foundation advocate and partner for several years now, and we expect her to bring the same enthusiasm and passion for our mission to her board work,” said Scholarship Foundation President and CEO Candace Winkler.
The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is the nation’s largest community-based provider of college scholarships, having cumulatively awarded in excess of $100 million to more than 47,000 county students since its founding in 1962. A nonprofit organization, the Scholarship Foundation also provides free financial aid advising services. For additional information, visit www.sbscholarship.org.