The 2012 Art Scholarship Exhibition and Reception was held at the Ridley Tree Education Center on January 19. Pasty Hicks, Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, presented a talk on “Making Connections through Art” and spoke to the quality and skill of the art in the exhibition. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art sponsors the annual event.

This year marks the 33rd year of the Scholarship Foundation’s Art Scholarship Program, providing local high school seniors with scholarship support, enabling them to attend college and major in the arts. Scholarships are awarded based on the quality of student portfolios. The 2012 Art Competition was judged by artists Anthony Askew and Patti Jacquemain, and Nancy Gifford.

About the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

The mission of the Scholarship Foundation is to inspire, encourage, and support Santa Barbara County students in their pursuit of college, graduate, and vocational education through financial aid advising and the granting of scholarships.

Since 1962, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has provided 30,446 awards totaling more than $65 million. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Scholarship Foundation. In 2011, the organization awarded 2,321 scholarships totaling $7.3 million. While 90% of those awards are from the large general scholarship program, each year we also make awards from two small specialty programs for high school seniors that focus on talent and achievement. One of those programs is our High School Seniors Art Program.

The Scholarship Foundation manages scholarship funds for many businesses, organizations, associations, civic and service clubs, family foundations, and individuals. 100% of designated scholarship donations are directed to scholarship awards. Additionally, the Scholarship Foundation provides financial aid advising services to more than 25,000 students and parents each year. For more information, to support student artists, or to apply, visit


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