Janet Garufis
Paul Wellman (file)

Last week, 2,948 county students received $8.7 million from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. The largest nonprofit of its kind in the U.S., the Scholarship Foundation has been doling out grants since it was founded in a garage in 1962. “When you see this, this is the fabric [of Santa Barbara],” said Board President Janet Garufis in reference to the hundreds gathered for this week’s awards ceremony at the Sunken Gardens. The community is “incredibly generous,” Garufis went on. Many of the foundation’s donors are reoccurring givers.


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