Staff Report


Chick-fil-A at Enos Ranch established a new scholarship for Allan Hancock College with a $10,000 donation to the Allan Hancock College Foundation Dec.7. The scholarship will be available to students who work for the local branch of the restaurant starting in fall 2021.

Chick-fil-A owner/operator Joey Hickox presented Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. with a ceremonial check to mark the occasion.

“At any one time, we have about 30 Chick-fil-A employees who are also Hancock students, and many more who will probably become Hancock students,” said Hickox, who opened the franchised location on Betteravia Rd. in 2018. “Partnering with the college on this scholarship is a great way to support my employees while benefitting the community.”

Walthers said financial support from local businesses like Hickox is critical to building up the local economy.

“Scholarships at Hancock can help change the odds for hard working folks in our city,” said Walthers. “Over 90 percent of Hancock students are from Northern Santa Barbara County, so contributions toward their success is a direct investment in improving our community. Thanks to Mr. Hickox and the Chick-fil-A team, more students will be able to continue their education.”

The Allan Hancock College Foundation was established in 1977 to raise private donations for the support of Allan Hancock College students, faculty, and programs. The foundation awards more than $500,000 in scholarship funds each year and is raising funds to support the Hancock Promise program, which guarantees the first year at AHC tuition and fee-free for all students in northern Santa Barbara County.

To make a contribution of any amount to the Allan Hancock College Foundation, visit