From its beginnings, the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival has emphasized it’s revenues towards Latinos in Higher Education. Regardless of the major, we strongly believe our community will benefit greatly from our Latino students being given higher access to college degrees. The Santa Barbara Foundation takes in applications and chooses our awarded students year after year. Once chosen, awarded students and their families are invited to a ceremony, along with our sponsors, who make this event possible.

We are proud to say that since the inception of the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival Scholarship Fund, we have awarded over $800,000 in scholarships towards our youth!

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2019 Scholarship Recipients


Juan Antonio-Martinez, UC LOS ANGELES

Isabella Blanco, UC LOS ANGELES

Pamela Delgado Reyes, UC SANTA BARBARA

Laura Esquivel Reynoso, UC LOS ANGELES

Virginia Frausto-Elizarraraz, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Tiffany Garcia, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Celia Gaxiola Gonzalez, UC DAVIS

Fabian Gomez, SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE

Celeste Gonzalez, Cal Poly, SAN LUIS OBISPO

Natalie Hernandez, UC LOS ANGELES

Elena Lehne-Calzada, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Inti Lillo Urrea, ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

Griselda Lopez, ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

Cynthia Palomino, ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

Amy Perez, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Zyrus Perez, Cal Poly, SAN LUIS OBISPO

Maria Perez Gonzalez, ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

Ruben Ponce, ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

Stephanie Rodriguez, UC IRVINE

Diego Sandoval, UC LOS ANGELES

Rebecca Valdoz, ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE