Topics: Education, Paying for College, Student Debt, Teaching as Inspiration
On this episode of Solutions News, we focus on education - it’s incredible power to transform lives, and why we should be investing in education as a society - not abandoning every family to fend for themselves. Our guest is Victoria Juarez, the CEO and President for the Scholarship Foundation, an incredible local organization that in 2019 alone gave $8 Million worth of scholarship support to nearly 2500 Santa Barbara students in college, graduate and vocational schools. As the education activist Malala Yousufzai reminds us, “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
Victoria Juarez began serving as president and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara in December 2018. A native of Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Ms. Juarez earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in public administration, both at California State University, Long Beach.
Following a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cheboksary, Russia, she began her nonprofit career as a service coordinator for Project Access in Garden Grove, California, and was later named program director for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. In 2007, Ms. Juarez joined the development staff at Storyteller Children’s Center in Santa Barbara. She was promoted to associate director of that organization three years later before being appointed executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria in 2011.
Ms. Juarez is a board member for Leading from Within and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation and serves on the Commission for Women of Santa Barbara County.