SOCKES Fund Provides Need-Based Scholarships to Students in Santa Maria Valley

St. Joseph's High School, Santa Maria, California

It has been four years since the Student Opportunity for Catholic Knowledge and Education Scholarship (SOCKES) Fund was established as a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation with an initial investment of $30,000. The SOCKES Fund continues to this day, and has recently been building momentum in raising additional funds to provide financial assistance to deserving students attending St. Joseph’s High School in Santa Maria. Their goal is to attract students that excel academically and are involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities including student leadership, athletics, and community volunteerism.

“It has been so meaningful to me and the supporters of this fund to be able to help students who would not otherwise be able to attend St. Joe’s without this assistance,” said Pat Cusack, co-founder and Santa Maria Valley businessman. “We’re proud that SOCKES continues to cultivate donations and that more community members and business partners are joining us to help.”

St. Joseph's High School

The opportunity to receive support from the SOCKES Fund is open to any student wishing to obtain an exemplary Catholic education and demonstrating financial need. The scholarship criteria also requires investment from all parties including the student’s family and St. Joseph High School before the SOCKES scholarship is awarded. This approach increases the chance for long-term success because there is a commitment from all parties to the student’s achievement.

“The SOCKES committee members embody the very best of philanthropy in Santa Maria Valley,” shared Lynette Muscio, Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Foundation. “The supporters of the SOCKES Fund recognize that education is a critical pathway for success for our children, as well as economic development in our region, and the foundation is pleased to be able to facilitate this investment through a committee advised fund.”

If you would like to know more about opening a donor or committee advised fund please contact Jan Campbell or visit
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