Avoiding Summer Melt


Avoiding Summer Melt

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Across the country, 10–40% of seemingly college-intending students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, fail to enroll in college the fall after graduating from high school. This phenomenon is known as summer melt . These students have completed key college-going steps, such as being accepted to college and applying for financial aid, and have concretely signaled their intention to enroll in college.

In high school, students typically have a guidance counselor who helps with college planning. But after graduation, they are left to continue the process on their own. Obstacles such as confusing paperwork, family responsibilities, pressure not to attend college or leave home, fear and doubt, and poor college knowledge can lead to a student’s choice not to attend.

The Scholarship Foundation’s Student Outreach Team works with students throughout the summer to overcome these obstacles and successfully enroll in college by:

Providing free one-on-one

SFSB’s Newest Honorary Board Member

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“Maryan’s tireless commitment to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has set a shining example for all of us who believe that scholarship support is an investment that changes lives and pays dividends for many generations to come.”- Janet Garufis

Following her 22 years of service on its Board of Directors, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has elected Maryan Schall to its Honorary Board. This distinction has been awarded to just five other past directors in the organization’s fifty-two year history.

Maryan joined the board in 1992 and helped oversee a period of enormous growth for the organization. During her tenure:

Scholarships granted to local students increased from 565 to 2,755 Financial assistance grew from $591,000 to $8.6M The Outreach program was established and now provides free financial aid counseling to 35,000 students and their families each year.

Maryan has contributed hundreds of hours as an

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    Did you know....

    • In 2016, we provided 3,016 scholarships totaling $8.74 million.


    • In 2016, we provided financial aid advising services to more than 45,000 students and families in our County.


    • The Scholarship Foundation does not charge an administrative fee to scholarship fund donors. 100% of contributions to support scholarships goes directly to deserving students.