Students and Donors: Instructions During Closure


Students and Donors: Instructions During Closure

Posted by admin in Recent News

If you clicked our holiday banner, that must mean you have questions. We can still help!


For immediate technical assistance with your scholarship application, please email Emails to and will be responded to on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.


If you would like to financially support and encourage Santa Barbara County students, please click here to make a secure donation on our website. If you would like to gift appreciated stock or other assets, please email Raissa Smorol, Director of Development, at

Thank you! And happy holidays and a wonderful New Year celebration to all!

The Scholarship Foundation


Art Ludwig & Maya Shoemaker: Dedicated to the Future

Posted by admin in Alumni Profiles

The Scholarship Foundation has supported several generations of Santa Barbara County families over the years. Arthur Ludwig and his daughter, Maya Shoemaker, are one such example.

During the late 1980s, Art attended University of California, Berkeley with our support, studying integrated, ecological systems design. Over the last 35 years, Arthur has shared his expertise with Santa Barbara through Oasis Design, a natural fit for our water-deprived county.

Maya went a bit farther from home, to Evergreen State College in Washington, and majored in Environmental Studies. Currently, Maya works at the Wilderness Youth Project, a local organization dedicated to teaching the next generation to be good stewards of our planet.

As a small business owner, Arthur is worried about being able to pay young employees enough to both eat and repay their loans.

Arthur talked about graduates turning away from their ideal career and taking

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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.