Staff Report


The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation are offering $3,000 scholarships to Santa Ynez Valley residents who wish to pursue studies and careers in a health or medical-related field. The deadline for the 2020 scholarship applications has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020.

Scholarships are made possible by the SYVCH Auxiliary fundraising efforts, as well as The Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund and the Jean Pack Scholarship Fund administered by the SYVCH Foundation.

All scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements: currently reside in the Santa Ynez Valley, currently in or planning to enter the health or medical-related fields and have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university; submit a one-page typed essay articulating academic goals and future professional plans and provide at least one (1) letter from a volunteer supervisor verifying community service. High school applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and current college enrollees/applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Applications received after April 17, 2020 (postmark date), will not be accepted. Scholarship winners will be contacted by May of 2020. The scholarship application form and complete instructions can be found here:

Founded in 1962, the SYVCH Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization providing more than 15,000 service hours annually to the hospital. Additionally, SYVCH Auxiliary volunteers operate the “New to You” thrift shop at 1689 Oak Street in Solvang which raises funds for scholarships and supports hospital needs.

About Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Cottage Heath

Founded in 1964, the not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, provides high quality outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, 3D mammography, ultrasound, X-ray), on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physicians specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the community. SYVCH is part of the not-for-profit Cottage Health, the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. In 2019, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 80,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,100 newborns. For more information, call 805-688-6431 or visit