Santa Ynez Valley Foundation Awards $30,000 to The Hancock Promise; Launches Program to Double Funding for Local Recipients

This fall marked the first class of Promise students to attend Hancock

Santa Ynez Valley FoundationSEPTEMBER 18, 2018--The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation (SYVF) has pledged $30,000 to the Allan Hancock College (AHC) Foundation directly supporting The Hancock Promise – a new program that provides the first year free of tuition and fees for any student who enrolls at Hancock immediately after graduating from a high school located within the district or completion of a GED or a HiSET credential through a local adult education program.  

The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation also announced plans for a new program in 2019, The Promise to Promise, which allows scholarship recipients who attend Hancock to ‘pause’ their SYVF award until they attend a four-year university. If the student attends AHC first, graduates within three years and takes advantage of The Hancock Promise, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation will double their scholarship funding for the remainder of their four-year educational journey. 

“Allan Hancock College and its Promise program advances theThe Hancock Promise possibility that all qualified students can fulfill their objectives and dreams,” said Santa Ynez Valley Foundation Board Chair Rich Nagler. “Finances should not be an obstacle to success.”

This fall marked the first batch of Promise students to attend the college. The number students from the Santa Ynez Valley who enrolled at Hancock went up 129 percent.

“The Promise is already making a huge difference in the community - thanks to partners like the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation,” said Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “The generosity of the foundation and its donors is making it possible for more students to attend college debt-free. We are proud of our strong and vital partnership.”  

As part of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District, students who graduate from high school in the Santa Ynez Valley or Los Alamos or receive their GED or HiSET credential from a local adult education program qualify for The Hancock Promise. Promise students save more than $1,200 in tuition and fees, receive priority registration and establish an academic plan for success with personalized counseling. Funding for The Hancock Promise comes entirely from private donations in the community.

The SYV Foundation’s long-term partnership with Hancock began in 2001 when it first began awarding scholarships to students at the college. The foundation has already given nearly $40,000 in scholarships to Hancock students from the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos in addition to their recent donation.

For more information on the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, visit www.syvalleyfoundation.org. For more information on The Hancock Promise, visit www.hancockcollege.edu/Promise

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Caption: (pictured above, from left to right: Santa Ynez Valley Foundation Board Chair Rich Nagler and Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D.)

The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation announced a $30,000 pledge to The Hancock Promise, as well as a new program which allows scholarship recipients to ‘pause’ their SYVF award until they attend a four-year university.

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Last Modified Sep 21, 2018