The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara administers five large, individual scholarship programs, each having several awards available. Scholarships are awarded on an academic yearly basis. Funding is granted each year for the fall-spring academic year (this excludes summer sessions). Students must apply each year that they wish to be considered for funding.
How do scholarships from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara work?
I’m an adult and/or re-entry student. Is there an age limit to apply?
No! All applicants must meet our General Eligibility Requirements, but there is no age limit to apply.
I can’t figure out how to upload my document. Can I email it? Can I mail it?
No. The only method of submitting documentation of any kind to the Scholarship Foundation is via your online application portal, hosted by Kaleidoscope. Documents received in-office or via email will not be reviewed.
My college isn’t listed in the dropdown menu. How can I proceed?
Please follow the instructions listed within the application: Send an email to [email protected] with your full name, the full name of your college, its address, and the FAFSA school code. Then, enter any college into your application account so the task shows as “Complete.” Your college will be added to our database and become an accessible option in following application years.
I don’t have my transcript/letter of recommendation/personal statement completed. Can I submit it after the application deadline?
No! Due to the nature of the electronic application, you will be unable to submit your application until it is complete in its entirety. Your option to “Submit” your application will be unavailable until all tasks are finished. Do not wait until the final days before the deadline to attempt to submit your application – you may find that there are tasks yet to be complete.
Do I have to fill out a financial aid application?
Yes. The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara utilizes the Financial Aid Submission Summary to confirm financial need. You must file the FAFSA or the California Dream Act application to obtain the Financial Aid Submission Summary and upload it to your scholarship application. No exceptions.
Has my application been submitted?
You can check to see if your application has been successfully submitted by logging in to your online Scholarship Foundation application portal. You should see your completed preliminary tasks at the top and any applications at the bottom. Submitted applications will be marked with a green label that reads, “Complete.” If you are awarded, an “Awarded Application” will appear below your “General Scholarship Program Application” at a later date.
When and how will I find out if I received an award?
Scholarship award notifications are sent via email on May 15 each year. Regardless of whether or not you have been awarded, you will be notified at the email associated with your online Scholarship Foundation account.