Staff Report

Caltrans District 5 and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) are offering five $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors within the five-county district (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties).

The scholarship program is designed for college-bound senior high school students who are planning to pursue a career in transportation and live within the five counties.

The programs are common in most of the 12 Caltrans districts and have the encouragement and support of the California Transportation Foundation which donates 50 percent of the funding with the coffee and food sales providing the rest.

The scholarship program, which continues to flourish, began in 2002 when $500 was raised and one scholarship awarded. In 2007, $3,500 was raised and seven $500 scholarships were presented. The fundraising efforts have grown since then, with $6,750 in student scholarships awarded since 2017.

For a link to the scholarship application, visit Applications must be submitted by April 17. The 2020 scholarships will be awarded this summer to high school seniors from the Central Coast.

For more information, contact Laurie Baima at or call 805-549-3353.

For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast, call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs, 805-549-3318 or visit