Organization awarded just over $8M to county students in last cycle


Staff Report


The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara began accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year on Friday, Oct. 15. Eligibility requirements and application instructions are available online at

The Scholarship Foundation reviewed 2,779 applications during its recently concluded scholarship awards cycle. In May, the organization awarded just over $8 million in scholarships to 2,247 Santa Barbara County students. Scholarship awards for undergraduates at four-year schools averaged $3,456; graduate student awards (excluding those for medical school) averaged $4,550. The Scholarship Foundation also supports students pursuing vocational training. Eligible students may receive up to five years of undergraduate funding and four years of medical/graduate-level funding. The primary criteria for award selection are financial need, academic achievement, and motivation.

The deadline to apply for financial aid from the Scholarship Foundation during the 2022-2023 academic year is Jan. 15, 2022.

“I strongly encourage students to begin the application as soon as possible, as they may have questions or need assistance,” said Foundation President and CEO Barbara Robertson. “Our program advisors are an excellent resource for applicants throughout Santa Barbara County. Visit us online today.” 

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is the nation’s largest community-based provider of college scholarships, having cumulatively awarded more than $137 million to over 55,000 county students since its founding in 1962. A nonprofit organization, the Scholarship Foundation also provides free financial aid advising services. For additional information, visit