SFSB’s Newest Honorary Board Member

Maryan Schall

“Maryan’s tireless commitment to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has set a shining example for all of us who believe that scholarship support is an investment that changes lives and pays dividends for many generations to come.”- Janet Garufis

Following her 22 years of service on its Board of Directors, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has elected Maryan Schall to its Honorary Board. This distinction has been awarded to just five other past directors in the organization’s fifty-two year history.

Maryan joined the board in 1992 and helped oversee a period of enormous growth for the organization. During her tenure:

  • Scholarships granted to local students increased from 565 to 2,755
  • Financial assistance grew from $591,000 to $8.6M
  • The Outreach program was established and now provides free financial aid counseling to 35,000 students and their families each year.

Maryan has contributed hundreds of hours as an active member of nearly every board committee and as a volunteer interviewer of scholarship applicants. Her financial generosity has helped many students access higher education and achieve their career aspirations.

“It has been my great pleasure to work with the Scholarship Foundation over the years,” said Maryan. “The dedication and effectiveness of the staff and board in realizing the foundation’s mission is beautiful to behold — as certainly is the gratitude expressed by our recipients.  Those expressions inspire all of us to ever-increase our efforts in creating opportunities and transforming lives, one scholarship at a time.”

“We are thrilled to honor her in this way and look forward to her continued involvement with the organization,” said Janet Garufis, president of the Board of Directors.