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Celebrating Students

As spring transitions to summer, we approach the close of the academic school year. For students and their families, this is a time to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, participate in graduations, and plan for the future. We would like to applaud our youth, parents, and teachers, for their incredible dedication and resilience. Despite the challenges of virtual learning, social distancing, and an ever-changing curriculum, they have persevered! We would also like to thank the many nonprofit partners in our county that are working tirelessly to ensure youth have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive!

We hope you enjoy this month’s County Connections, which highlights just a few of the ways we are supporting Santa Barbara County students and the nonprofits that serve them.

Paving Career Pathways for North County Youth

By Kara Shoemaker

To build more resilient communities in Mid and North County, the Santa Barbara Foundation is supporting strategies to that enable youth in Lompoc, Guadalupe, Santa Ynez Valley, and the Santa Maria Valley, to gain job skills through effective workforce development that will allow them to live and thrive in Santa Barbara County. Learn how SBF is partnering with Allan Hancock College, Get Focused, Stay Focused, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Mid Central Coast to prepare our students for the career of their dreams.



Meet Our Breitling Scholars

By Kara Shoemaker

The Breitling College Visit Program at the Santa Barbara Foundation was made possible through a generous estate gift contributed by Jacqueline Breitling. This program empowers young women in Santa Barbara County to follow their out-of-state college dreams. This year, we awarded 14 scholarships which will cover the cost of travel for these extraordinary scholars. Learn how this scholarship is making a difference for Carpinteria High School student Lucia “Isa” Alarcon, and San Marcos High School student Itzel Segundo Solis.


SBF Invests Over $1 Million in Student Scholarships 

By Kara Shoemaker

Each year, the Santa Barbara Foundation funds Floro Scholarships, Fleischmann Scholarships, and the Spaulding Scholarship for 48 outstanding graduating high school students from Santa Barbara County. These remarkable young leaders utilize these scholarships to continue their educations at highly-esteemed universities across the country. These funds we made possible by……Read more.