Program Support

Despite the fact that Santa Barbara County is perceived to be an affluent area, many Santa Barbara County families are struggling.  Thousands of low and middle income students have demonstrated the commitment and perseverance needed to succeed in college but lack the financial resources to get there.

Our Financial Aid Outreach and Advising Program aims to increase access for students most at-risk and in need of financial support for higher education. Many students and parents are overwhelmed by the process of applying for financial aid, and are unaware that there is additional support available to help cover the expenses of college and vocational school. This program helps students and parents apply for scholarships as well as complete the complex federal and state financial aid forms.

closeup_bowinhairYour donation will provide workshops, presentations, and individual counseling sessions for students and families. Our goal is to expand our outreach activities to include more contact with younger students, in order to encourage their parents to start college financial planning at an early age. Gifts designated to support the Financial Aid Outreach and Advising Program are 100% tax-deductible.

For more information contact Raissa Smorol, Director of Development, at 687-6065 or

Click here to make a gift now using our secure online giving form.

Donor Spotlight: Daniel Brennan

dr_brennan “The support of the Scholarship Foundation was a tremendous help in financing medical school and allowed me to come back to my hometown as a pediatrician. I feel so fortunate to be able to practice medicine in the community in which I was raised. ” –Dr. Daniel Brennan


Fast Facts

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.