Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

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**This resource is meant for Santa Barbara residents only.**


General Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicant must have attended at least four* of the six years between grades 7-12 AND graduate or receive a GED from Santa Barbara County high school** by June 2016 AND
  2. Applicant must be planning to attend full-time as a vocational, undergraduate, medical (M.D.), or graduate student at a Title IV-approved school AND
  3. Applicant must be a U.S citizen, permanent resident, or AB 540 eligible
*If you are or have been a ward of the Santa Barbara County Court (youth in foster care after the age of 13), please call our office to check your eligibility status.
**Homeschooled students and boarding school students: you and your family must have resided at least four of the six years the student attended school in Santa Barbara County between grades 7- 12. Homeschooled students must have a private school (homeschooled) affidavit of approval on file with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. They must submit an affidavit for each 7-12 grade they were homeschooled with their application by January 31.

Important Notes: 

  • All applicants must be planning to attend full-time at a Title IV approved college, university, vocational school, graduate school, or medical school in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • All applicants must remain in good academic standing and be making timely progress towards a degree or vocational certificate.
  • Primary criteria for scholarship selection are financial need, motivation, and potential.
  • Financial need is verified by providing a copy of the 2016-2017 Student Aid Report (SAR) generated by the FAFSA or Dream Act Application.
  • The Foundation assists students studying in standard academic programs on a traditional academic calendar.
  • The Foundation does not offer student aid for summer sessions, research, special projects, part-time study, distance learning, or executive MBA-type programs. Please note, online courses will be accepted as long as they are taken from an approved institution and do not exceed more than half of the required minimum full-time units.

Requirements and Selection:

  • Application available: October 1, 2016 online at this website.
  • This application is for the 2016-2017 academic year. 
  • Application deadline: January  31, 2017.  No late submissions will be accepted.


  1. Read Eligibility, Requirements, and Important Information below.
  2. Review online application process and required application information here - Online Application Guide.  
  3. Then click here to APPLY ONLINE for the 2016-2017 academic year.  You may login using the same email & password if you registered last year.  Current recipients can access 2015-16 account here.  
  4. Submit your Student Aid Report (SAR) to the Foundation by March 8, 2016 (please note the 2016-2017 FAFSA & Dream Act Application are not available until January 1, 2016.  The California Priority Deadline in March 2, 2016).  Click here for instructions on how to access your FAFSA SAR.  Click here for instructions on how to access your Cal SAR (for AB 540 students only). 


You must meet the eligibility requirements listed above and complete all parts of the online application as well as submit the required supplementary documents on time to be eligible. All eligible and qualified new applicants are required to have a personal interview during the month of March following the January application deadline.
The primary criteria for award selection are financial need, potential, and motivation. Financial need is evaluated based on the student’s submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completion of the FAFSA is required for all scholarship/loan applicants – even those applying for merit-based scholarships.

Scholarship awards mostly range from $500 to $5,000 per academic year, with average award amounts of $2,500 at a four-year college and $1,500 at a two-year college. Recipients must maintain full-time status and a minimum 2.0 GPA to remain eligible. Recipients are eligible for 4 years of undergraduate funding and 4 years of medical/graduate level funding.  Awards in subsequent years are not guaranteed; applicants must submit a complete reapplication each year to be considered for future funding.

For more information on other specialty student aid programs for high school seniors, please click here.

For more information, call our office at (805) 687-6065 or email


Did you know....?

  • In 2013, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara awards totaled $8.1 million to 2,600 Santa Barbara County students.
  • During its lifetime, the Scholarship Foundation has made more than 34,500 awards totaling $80 million.
  • The Scholarship Foundation reaches out to 35,000 County students and parents each year with financial aid advising and presentations at school and community sites.
  • The Scholarship Foundation does not charge an administrative fee to scholarship fund donors. 100% of contributions to support scholarships goes directly to deserving students.


Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


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