Focus Area:EducationCollege & Career Resources

College & Career Resources

The Orfalea Foundation believes strongly in the importance of a college education. 

We know the value of post-secondary education, and believe that completing a degree provides a student with a greater ability to make good decisions later in life.  We maintain extensive working partnerships with select community organizations that offer academic and financial advice to students. To date, we have awarded over 3,000 college scholarships, valued at over $13 million. We also provide supplemental resources in schools to make college a more realistic vision for a wider range of students.

As important as college is, students need preparation for careers and life as well.  Thus, we help to place career counselors in schools and expose students and their families to college and career choices at a younger age.  Programs like AVID and Partners in Education Student Internships are examples of this. 




The majority of our scholarships are distributed though our community partners:



Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (805) 687-6065






Ventura County Community Foundation (805) 988-0196






San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (805) 543-2323