The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is the nation’s largest community-based provider of college scholarships, having cumulatively awarded in excess of $108 million to more than 50,000 county students since its founding in 1962. A nonprofit organization, the Scholarship Foundation also provides free financial aid advising services.
Our scholarships are funded by annual support from more than 1,200 foundations, corporations, and individual donors. We currently manage more than 500 scholarship funds, and do not charge administration fees. Funds can be established for as little as $2,500, though the Scholarship Foundation accepts donations of all sizes.
The Foundation’s annual awards ceremonies take place in May at the County Courthouse Sunken Garden and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
Throughout the year, our program advisors assist students with scholarship applications, help decipher federal and state financial aid forms, and explain financial aid award letters and loan programs – all free of charge. We reach tens of thousands of people through this program and related presentations and workshops each year. Financial aid advising appointments are available for students and their families in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, with bilingual staff.
For additional information, visit www.sbscholarship.org.