The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation (SYVCHF) is offering $3,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and continuing college students living in the Santa Ynez Valley, who are pursuing studies and careers in a health or medical-related field.

Applications for the 2022 scholarships are being accepted through Friday, March 18.

All scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

Currently reside in the Santa Ynez Valley; plan to enter the health or medical-related fields; have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university; submit a one page-typed essay articulating academic and professional goals; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and provide at least one letter from a volunteer supervisor verifying community service.

The Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund, the Jean Pack Scholarship Fund, and the Auxiliary Honorary Scholarship Fund are made possible by donations from the families of long-time hospital auxiliary volunteers, as well as the community.

Previous recipients of these scholarships are eligible and may apply again. Applications received after March 18 will not be accepted.

Scholarship winners will be contacted in May. The scholarship application form and complete instructions can be found here.

In 2021, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships presented to three honorees.

Brad Wick

Brad Wick

Boe Caplan

Boe Caplan

The Ann Bertero Scholarship was awarded to Brad Wick, who worked at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital for two years.

Wick graduated as an EMT from Allan Hancock College and received his CNA from Cuesta College. He is also an Army reservist, and is currently enrolled in the BSN program at Chamberlain University. He plans to return to work at Cottage Health after graduation.

The Jean Pack Scholarship was awarded to Arisa Waters a graduate of Dunn School. Waters is enrolled at UCLA and has completed the EMT program. She intends to graduate with a psychology degree and is interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology and the healthcare industry.

Arisa Waters

Arisa Waters

The first Auxiliary Honorary Scholarship was awarded in 2021 to Boe Caplan, a graduate of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. She is enrolled at Santa Barbara City College pursuing a career as a radiology technician.

The Auxiliary Honorary Scholarship Fund, established in 2021, honors the legacy of the SYVCH Auxiliary (established in 1962). Donations can be made to the fund, including gifts in memory and in honor of a volunteer or other special person.
Founded in 1978, SYVCHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that strives to develop, manage and channel financial support on behalf of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. SYVCHF has supported significant hospital initiatives including patient care programs, capital equipment and facility infrastructure upgrades.

For more about Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Cottage Heath, call 805-688-6431 or visit