Apply for a Scholarship & Loan


General Undergraduate, Vocational, and Graduate, and Medical (MD) Scholarship & Loan Program

    1. Read Eligibility, Requirements, and Important Information below.
    2. Review the online application process here - Online Application Guide.  There is new application software starting for this 2015-16 year.  You will need to register your email address to start and review this guide for reference.
    3. Then click here to APPLY ONLINE. Deadline: January 31, 2015.  In addition to submitting an online application, you must turn in all required supplemental documents by the deadline.  Note: It is recommended that you do not use Internet Explorer to complete the online application.  
    4. Submit your Student Aid Report (SAR) to the Foundation by March 8, 2015 (please note the 2015-2016 FAFSA & Dream Act Application are not available until January 1, 2015.  The California Priority Deadline in March 2, 2015).  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).

      IMPORTANT NOTE: your file will be considered incomplete and you will be denied funding if we do not receive your SAR by the deadline. FAFSA and CSAC cannot automatically send the Foundation a copy of your SAR – we do not have a school code. It is your responsibility to submit your SAR directly to our office. 

Employees of Casa Dorinda, Hardy Diagnostics, Senior Planning Services, Valle Verde, or Vista del Monte, please click here for special employee information and application.

Students in the First 5 ECE Workforce Cohort please click here for special information and application.  Please note, when you apply for the First 5 ECE Workforce scholarship program you will select the “Special Employer Sponsored Application” to complete.

General Eligibility:

  • 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 2015.
  • Applicant must be planning to attend full-time as an undergraduate, medical (M.D.), or graduate student at a Title IV-approved school.
  • 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.

Requirements and Selection:

    • 2015-2016 Application available online October 15, 2014
    • 2015-2016 Application deadline: January 31, 2015
  • No late submissions will be accepted.

The application for the 2014-2015 academic year is closed.

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.

- New Undergraduate Applicant: Click here for an application checklist
- New Medical (MD)/Graduate Applicant: Click here for an application checklist
- Re-Applicants: Click here for an application checklist

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.


Interviews are generally conducted in the month of March following the January application deadline.

High School Seniors: Interviews are generally conducted at the school site, and our interviewers will coordinate the interviews through the school counseling office. The counseling office will contact you when your interview is scheduled. (Note: applicants from high schools with very small enrollments will have their interview at the Scholarship Foundation office.)

College and Medical/Graduate students: Interviews are conducted at the Scholarship Foundation office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm). The Foundation will contact these students by email or phone to schedule an interview, so please be sure to keep us updated if your contact information changes. Students currently attending college outside Santa Barbara County should email the Foundation at to indicate several days when they will be available in the Santa Barbara area for a personal interview during the month of March. A limited number of out-of-state students may request an early interview during the December 2014 holiday season, if necessary, only if their application is already complete. Please call the Foundation office at (805) 687-6065 or email with any questions.

Interview Tips:

      1. Confirm the date, time, and location of your interview when it is scheduled, and be certain to write down this important information.
      2. Plan for plenty of time in your schedule to allow for parking or other delays. Be on time for your interview or even a few minutes early. Dress neatly.
      3. Be prepared to talk about yourself including your background, motivation, academic history, activities, interests, and goals. Be able to discuss what plans you have made for financing your college education.

Important Information

Undergraduate and Medical/Graduate general programs assist students studying in standard academic programs on a traditional academic calendar from August – June. Colleges, universities, and vocational schools must have achieved Title IV approval from the U.S. Department of Education for federal student aid. The Foundation does not offer student aid for summer sessions,
research, special projects, part-time studies, distance learning or executive MBA-type programs (please note, online courses will be accepted as long as they are taken from the same approved institution and do not exceed more than half of the required minimum full-time units).  Do not apply if you do not meet all of the eligibility requirements – no exceptions are considered.

Please note: There are two foundations offering student aid funds in Santa Barbara County: the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Foundation. The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara administers most of the student aid programs funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

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

Fast Facts

Did you know....

  • In 2014, we provided 2,748 scholarships totaling $8.6 million.


  • In 2014, we provided financial aid advising services to more than 37,600 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.