SBCC Foundation Announces the
Fred Hofmann Memorial Scholarship 

The SBCC Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of Fred Hofmann and his extraordinary legacy of service to Santa Barbara City College and the greater Santa Barbara community.

Fred was a beloved member of the SBCC faculty for more than 50 years. During that time, he shared his deep passion for and knowledge of current events with students of all ages and backgrounds. He began his teaching career as an adjunct professor in SBCC's Political Science Department. In recent years, he taught current events through SBCC's School of Extended Learning via the Vitality Older Adult program. He was also a founding member of the SBCC Legacy Project Committee, which works to preserve SBCC's history through first-person narratives.

To honor all that Fred contributed to the college, the SBCC Foundation, in partnership with campus leadership and many of Fred's former colleagues and students, has created the Fred Hofmann Memorial Scholarship. This new scholarship fund will support SBCC students pursuing the study of political science and life-long learning through the School of Extended Learning.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 in celebration of Fred's 50 years of service to SBCC.

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SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center Crowns “Shark Tank” Winner and Announces New Economic Growth Accelerator with SBCC Foundation and SCORE 

The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College recently celebrated the conclusion of its 2021 Get REAL Accelerator program with a live broadcast of its “Get REAL Shark Tank,” inspired by the hit TV show. 

The event also featured the announcement of a new joint effort between the Scheinfeld Center, SBCC Foundation, and SCORE. The Santa Barbara Economic Growth Accelerator is an expansion of the network for support that the Scheinfeld Center offers area entrepreneurs, from conception of their business and now all the way through to growth opportunities. The Accelerator will be a six-month long program for business owners in Santa Barbara County who are planning to launch a growth initiative in 2022. 

Applications to join the Accelerator will open in spring 2022. Up to six companies will be selected to receive tailored training and work with a dedicated mentor to design their growth initiative and attain six-month goals in preparation for implementing it. If they meet their goals during the Accelerator program, they will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $100,000. 

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Welcome to Our New Foundation Board Members

The SBCC Foundation recently welcomed three new members to its board of directors: Roger Durling, Rachel Kaganoff Stern, and Dr. Anna Everett.

The SBCC Foundation board of directors provides strategic leadership to the Foundation. The board is currently composed of 13 community leaders who serve voluntarily and 6 ex officio members who serve by virtue of their leadership positions at the college.

Roger Durling has served as the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for 18 years. He is returning to the SBCC Foundation board, having served from 2016 to 2020.

Rachel Kaganoff Stern is CEO of the Junior State of America Foundation, a national non-profit that provides civics programs to high school students.

Dr. Anna Everett was elected to serve on the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees, representing Area 4. She is an Emeritus Professor (retired) from UCSB whose higher education journey began in a community college.

Read more about the board members on the SBCC Foundation website.

SBCC Alumna Spotlight: Inga Guzyte

Successful artist Inga Guzyte says moving from Germany after graduating high school to pursue her art education at SBCC was the best thing she's ever done. Since graduating with honors in 2010 and earning an Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Art Studio, her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and will be included in an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 2022. Out of more than 2,700 entries, Guzyte’s sculptural portrait will join just 41 others in the exhibit.

In 2021, Inga had a solo show at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara. Her work created quite a stir, and the show sold out quickly—the first to do so in the gallery’s history. 

At the time of her show, Inga was featured in a cover story in the Santa Barbara Independent: Rebels on Decks—Inga Guzyte’s Art of Recycled Skateboards Takes Off

“I think the most important thing for me as an artist is to be heard, understood, and appreciated," Inga said. “My goal is to amplify the voices depicted in my work, as they need to be heard. This is what fulfills me as a person, and everything else just falls into place.”

Read more about Inga and her experience at SBCC »

Articles of Interest
College is Covered at Santa Barbara City College—SBCC Foundation Ensures Regional Students Return to School Post-Pandemic
(Santa Barbara Independent)

Shining a Light on the Power of Community College
(Montecito Journal)

Blockbuster Gifts Can Change the Game for California Community Colleges
(Montecito Journal)

SBCC Foundation Holds President’s Circle Fall Reception
(Santa Barbara Independent)

Colleges See Significant Gifts from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott
(Pacific Coast Business Times)
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