Santa Barbara Foundation Announces 2012 Scholarship Award Recipients

Floro and Fleischmann Award Recipients Honored for Great Academic Success and Devotion to Community Service


Floro and Fleischmann Award recipients pose with their award certifictes. Photo courtesy of Luis Escobar from Reflections Photography Studio.

“Helping one person in need betters the community and bettering communities will in return make the world a better place,” said award recipient, Jessica Bonilla. This sentiment is echoed by all of the Floro and Fleischmann award recipients who have followed their passions in their willingness to give back to the communities they live in. Most have donated their time and efforts to a variety of important issues and nonprofit organizations, volunteering at the Marian Medical Center, SEE International, Good Samaritan Shelter, Santa Maria Public Library, Police Activities League, and the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter, to name a few. For their great academic success and devotion to community service, each student was given an award.


Scholarship recipient, Arianna Farmer, accepts her award. Photo courtesy of Luis Escobar from Reflections Photography Studio.

In addition to the scholarship award, those students receiving Fleischmann awards were also given $500 to donate to the nonprofit organization of their choice. This donation is the start of each student’s philanthropic journey, following a long line of generous individuals who have shaped our county. The students themselves are beneficiaries of forward thinking individuals whose bequests have a rich history of recognizing and rewarding extraordinary student achievement. In the case of Gwendolyn Mae Shelly Floro and Max Fleischmann, their wish to support academic excellence and community service in part contributes to the Santa Barbara Foundation’s ability to support academic achievement through scholarship awards.

“These Santa Barbara Foundation donors provided a legacy of support that allows us to continue to honor students who are making a real difference in the lives of others,” said Ron Gallo, president & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “We applaud these students who have achieved such high academic achievements, while also tending to the needs of their community.”

Fleischmann Award recipients are students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and commitment to community service. A $2,000 award will be bestowed upon each of the 2 students representing 2 high schools. An additional $500 award is allocated to each student to be donated to the nonprofit organization of their choice. While being rewarded for their great efforts, they will continue to give back to their communities.


Scholarship recipient, Leilani Harris, accepts her award. Photo courtesy of Luis Escobar from Reflections Photography Studio.

Floro Award recipients are students from the Santa Maria area who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and commitment to community service. For their efforts, each of these 11 students will receive a $2,500 award.

For the past 14 years, the Santa Barbara Foundation has awarded 16,000 scholarships and loans to local students through the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Funds come from both organizations, but the management of the student aid programs is done by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. This collaboration ensures that millions of dollars is efficiently distributed to the students of Santa Barbara County for student aid.

Award Recipients

The recipients of the 2012 Fleischmann Awards are: Tyler Dickinson from Pioneer Valley High School and Heather Hourdequin from St. Joseph High School.

The recipients of the 2012 Floro Awards are: Jessica Bonilla from St. Joseph High School; Rebecca Drake from St. Joseph High School; Tyler Dickinson from Pioneer Valley High School; Arianna Farmer from Ernest Righetti High School; Isabella Garcia from Pioneer Valley High School; Leilani Harris from Santa Maria High School; Matthew Hole from St. Joseph High School; Heather Hourdequin from St. Joseph High School; Shannon Patterson from Pioneer Valley High School; Ashley Wilson from Lompoc High School; and Kathryn Zaremba from St. Joseph High School.


Scholarship recipient, Shannon Patterson, accepts her award. Photo courtesy of Luis Escobar from Reflections Photography Studio.

About the Awards

Thanks to the foresight of two significant philanthropists, Max Fleischmann and Gwendolyn Mae Shelley Floro, the Foundation is pleased to offer the following awards in perpetuity:

The Fleischmann Award, named after the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Founder Major Max Fleischmann, is one of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s many student aid programs. This award is given to local students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, community service, and plan to pursue higher education.

The Floro Award is funded through a bequest by Gwendolyn Mae Shelley Floro, a Santa Maria woman who wished to assist high-achieving students with a strong record of community service. A Nebraskan by birth, Mrs. Floro, her husband, and three children moved to Santa Maria in 1948, where she worked for the Red Cross until her retirement in 1978. Mrs. Floro’s generous gift to the Foundation was the largest ever from the Santa Maria community.

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