Student Scholarships

Scholarship Application Priority Dates for 2024-2025

Complete a Foundation Scholarship application by the following Priority dates, log into the scholarship portal.

SF Foundation Applications are accepted year round with the following priority dates:  

  • Fall term - Preferences given to High School Students - March 15
  • Fall term - All students should apply - June 15
  • Spring term - All students should apply - October 15

For further information visit student requirements or FAQ.


We are extremely grateful for the many generous donors at Santa Fe College. There are many reasons why donors give, some reasons include opening doors for students, benefiting the institution, benefiting the community and personal satisfaction. Both our donors and students have shared their stories below, please take a moment to view their videos. If you have a personal story you would like to share with the Santa Fe College Foundation, please contact us via email at

Student Impact Stories

Many Santa Fe College Foundation donors have provided scholarship opportunities for our students throughout the last 50 years allowing students to pursue their academic dreams. Santa Fe College would not be where it is today without the help of these private donors. Several scholarship recipients have shared their stories and how it has changed their lives forever.

Samantha Long, Automotive Service Management Technology, A.A.S. '21

One of these students is Samantha Long, who graduated with her A.A.S. in Automotive Service Management Technology.

"I've been interested in cars since I was a little girl. I was always excited to buy Hot Wheels. Whenever they had the "boys and girls" toys at McDonald's, I always picked the Hot Wheels. There was a little collision shop that I would pass by as a kid. I'd see these cars that were totally destroyed and broken. You wouldn't even think they were repairable. Then a couple of weeks later they would be back together like brand new and that just amazed me. I look at it like art.

Repairing older cars is a major part of my background. Then I moved on to working on my own vehicles. I got ‘70s and ‘80s Fords, classic trucks, and I would fix them or figure out any issues they had.

Then I joined the automotive program at Santa Fe College. My teacher is Chester Cowart. He's excellent. He's very helpful and gets his students engaged. There's a lot of hands-on so that we understand what we're doing. I've asked Chester for help understanding things and he's always there to give us another way of thinking about them. My program advisor Tom Mason encouraged me to apply for the Women's Career and Technical Education Scholarship and I received it. It's been helpful because money is tight. I feel like the college really wants its students to succeed.

During the program, I worked for a couple of dealerships. Sometimes the industry can be tough because some people don't necessarily like women being in there. Not everyone is like that. Most people are accepting, but there are certain people who aren't so that's been tough.

I'm trying to start my own business at home, working on people's cars in a 30×51 garage that I'm getting built so that I can get my lifts in there and do what I need to do. It'll be a little shop where I can work on cars and trucks, and my daughter can hang out there after school, too. She enjoys the heck out of it."

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Donor Impact Stories

Many generous families and businesses from all over have donated to the Santa Fe College Foundation to help open doors for our students. A couple of our donors have shared their amazing story and how their experiences inspired them to become philanthropists.

Bill Penny, CIO and AVP of Information Technology Services, Founding donor, SF Legacy Scholarship

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