scholarships

A South Coast scholarship program celebrating its 25th anniversary handed out more than $1.1 million dollars in awards this month.

The Ventura County Community Foundation presented 352 scholarships to graduating high school students in the county this month.

(Photo courtesy Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara)

This is a big week for thousands of new, and returning college students on the Central and South Coasts.

For more than half a century, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has been awarding scholarships to help students in need get the means to continue their educations. This week the foundation is presenting scholarships to a wide range of new, and continuing college students.

She was an Oxnard teen with a simple dream: To go to college. But, fate would put Clarissa Swallows plan on hold for decades. It got worse, with her father developing prostate cancer, and her mother breast cancer. Even though she was an honors student, she dropped out of high school to take care of her ill parent, a move that ultimately sidetracked her college ambitions until now, some two decade later. A unique Ventura College scholarship program is helping her get her degree.

Photo by Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

A scholarship fund in Santa Barbara County that’s been helping teens go to college for more than a half century will reach a big milestone this week.

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara will surpass the $100 million mark in scholarships awarded to more than 47,000 students during its 55-year history.

A Central Coast high school student is probably drinking a Coke or two to celebrate a scholarship she just won.

Zoi Urban won a $20,000 scholarship from the soft drink company. The senior at Santa Maria’s Righetti High School was one of 150 winners from a pool of nearly 90,000 applicants for Coca-Cola scholarships.

The winners were chosen for the academic achievement and community involvement. Urban has a 4.4 GPA, volunteers with the Special Olympics, and tutors kids struggling in school.