When the future looks bleak turn your eyes to the nation’s students to renew and encourage your hope for tomorrow. When tragedy and political squabbling fill the airwaves, consider the dreams and innovations that faithful teachers are sharing with their students of all ages.
As the holidays conclude students return to the classroom…if their families can afford it.
For college students this is a special challenge. Tuition and fees at our colleges and universities are on the rise. Completing a college degree in 4 years is no longer possible for most students who struggle to get into their required courses each semester. The most common reason for student drop-outs is not poor academic performance or lack of interest but a lack of sufficient funds.
Many first generation students report a need to return to their family home in order to support the household income. Among those students who do manage to complete their college degrees, most are graduating with record amounts of debt on their student loans.
There is a small miracle going on in our community that addresses these issues with the help of people like you. The facts and figures tell the story that The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation is beating the odds, keeping students in school and increasing their graduation rates. Their special outreach to first generation students and to all families in financial need is a recipe for inspiration.
Individuals, philanthropists -- large and small -- private businesses and corporations are part of that miracle and you can be part of it too.
Business leaders in our community are on an active search for the next wave of skilled workers. Thousands are needed to fill job openings created everyday by retiring baby boomers. Many of these businesses have invested in technology upgrades to classrooms in order to help create a modern and capable workforce. But how do you keep the students in school long enough to complete their degrees?
Your participation and donation to The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation <http://www.sbscholarship.org/.> makes a difference to a qualified and deserving student today. You can make a contribution and be assured that it will be used in a responsible way.
Our new graduates will provide us with the medical, legal and technical services that we need to sustain our lives in the days to come. When we help a student, we help ourselves. Ultimately we increase the quality of life in our community in the years to come.
If you act today you will be a part of a bright future. Take a step toward tomorrow and picture yourself in the lives of our students today at <http://www.sbscholarship.org/>.
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