In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has canceled all remaining applicant interviews this season.
Applicants whose interviews have been canceled will not be penalized in any way, said Len Smolburd, Scholarship Foundation chief programs officer, adding that applications will now be evaluated on the basis of required documents already submitted.
The Scholarship Foundation typically interviews all first-time applicants with the help of community volunteers. Last year there were nearly 200 volunteer interviewers countywide.
“We are taking this unprecedented step to ensure the safety of our applicants and other community members,” said Barbara Robertson, Scholarship Foundation president/CEO. “We are also responding to widespread school closures throughout the region, as most of our interviews take place at area schools.”
The Scholarship Foundation’s selection process will otherwise continue as before. As previously indicated, the organization will announce scholarship awards on May 15.
For more information, call 805-687-6065 or visit www.sbscholarship.org.