The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Foundation are offering $3,000 scholarships to Santa Ynez Valley residents who wish to pursue studies and careers in a health or medical-related field.

The deadline for the 2020 scholarship applications has been extended to Friday, April 17.

Scholarships are made possible by the SYVCH Auxiliary fundraising efforts, as well as the Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund and the Jean Pack Scholarship Fund administered by the SYVCH Foundation.

All scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

» Currently reside in the Santa Ynez Valley.

» Currently in or planning to enter the health or medical-related fields and have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university.

» Submit a one-page typed essay articulating academic goals and future professional plans.

» Provide at least one letter from a volunteer supervisor verifying community service.

» High school applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and current college enrollees/applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Applications received after April 17, 2020 (postmark date), will not be accepted. Scholarship winners will be contacted by May. The scholarship application form and complete instructions can be found at

Founded in 1962, the SYVCH Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization providing more than 15,000 service hours annually to the hospital. SYVCH Auxiliary volunteers operate the New to You thrift shop at 1689 Oak St., Solvang, which raises funds for scholarships and supports hospital needs.
For more information about Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Cottage Heath, call 805-688-6431 or visit