Erik_Taiji_ AlumniErik 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.