Q. Who is eligible to receive a scholarship from the Adsum Education Foundation?
A. Recipients must meet all of the following requirements:
Recipients must have attended at least 4 years between grades 7-12 in a Santa Barbara County school. In addition, you must have graduated from a Santa Barbara County high school by June of the current school year.
• Recipients must be full-time students during the time that they receive their scholarship at any California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.
• Recipients cannot be eligible for any of the following forms of federal financial aid: all Federal Grants, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Loans. Please note that Federal Student Loans are not given based on need. For more information about who is eligible for federal aid, please see: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/aideligibility.jsp?tab=funding

Q. What criteria do you use to select scholarship recipients?
A. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, we will select students who are academically prepared for college, and who have shown motivation by overcoming obstacles. The application will also ask about your extracurricular involvement, employment history, and future goals. Preference will be given to students who qualify for AB 540 benefits.  

Q. Why is the application not on the Adsum website and only on the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara website?
A. We are very proud to partner with the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara again this year. The application can be found on their website, and this is the only way to apply. All applications and student materials must be submitted DIRECTLY to the Scholarship Foundation by their stated deadline. The Scholarship Foundation administers this scholarship on our behalf.

Q. My family makes too much money to receive Federal Pell Grants. Does that make me eligible to receive a scholarship from the Adsum Education Foundation?
A. Most students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive federal student loans – even if their family income is very high. If you are eligible to receive any type of federal aid - including federal loans- you are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Please see the following website for more information: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/aideligibility.jsp?tab=funding

Q. Is citizenship status considered in the selection process?
A. Students of any immigration status may apply to receive this scholarship. Preference will be given to undocumented students who do not have access to federal financial aid.  

Q. I have never applied for the Adsum scholarships. How do I apply?
A. Please visit http://www.sbscholarship.org to apply and read about eligibility requirements.

The following documents are required in order to be considered for the current scholarship cycle:

• Complete application- click here to apply online
• High School transcripts from all high schools you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
• College transcripts from all colleges you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Exception: if you are a high school senior and took community college classes which appear on your high school transcript, you DO NOT need to send in college transcripts.
• Academic Letter of Recommendation. Any teacher, administrator, or guidance counselor from your current high school or college may provide this letter.
• Character Reference/Letter of Recommendation. You may ask any adult not related to you to write this letter. Examples: employer, coach, club advisor, religious official, or mentor.
• Eligible students who submit all application materials will be contacted to schedule a personal interview. Interviews must be conducted in person.

Q. I previously applied for the Adsum Scholarships.  Is my application process the same?
A. Re-applicants who have previously submitted a complete application and been interviewed should carefully read the application for instructions.  You must complete an application each year that you wish to be considered for a scholarship.  Funding in future years is not guaranteed. If you are not sure if you are a re-applicant, please contact the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara at (805) 687-6065.

Q. How much are scholarships from the Adsum Education Foundation worth?
A. Scholarships will vary based on your family resources and the cost of your school. They will range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Q. Are scholarships guaranteed for my sophomore, junior, and senior year of college?
A. No, scholarships are not guaranteed. You must re-apply each year to be considered for future funding.

Q. Are any scholarships available for graduate study?
A. No, scholarships from our Foundation are only available for undergraduate study.

Q. Where can I find out more about AB 540?

A. Click here for more information about the Assembly Bill's requirements and benefits.