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Erik is a proud Santa Barbara native who returned to his hometown after double majoring in criminology and social psychology at UC Berkeley. He and his wife, a teacher at La Patera Elementary School, raise their two daughters here and continue to give back to the Scholarship Foundation.

“The impact that the Scholarship Foundation has is monumental- to teach kids that there are options out there.” He says, “The small community feel and specific support to local students is what made me decide to get involved.” Now the VP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate, a portion of his closing fees go to help local students fulfill their dreams.


Judy Meisel Honored by Community

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On the occasion of her 85th birthday, Judy Meisel, a long-time Santa Barbara resident, educator, and Holocaust survivor, is being honored with the creation of a scholarship in her name at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Since arriving in the U.S., Judy has dedicated her life to education and is a noted civil rights advocate.  She dined with Dr. Martin Luther King in Philadelphia before he was a nationally known civil rights leader and later marched with him in D.C.  Until recently, she toured the country speaking to students and community groups about her life experience and the importance of respect and tolerance.

Judy’s own words describe her best:

“Each person is important and should be respected.” “Take care of one another.” “If you hear a derogatory remark, speak up to be part of the solution—not part of the problem.” “Make your days

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


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