Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation Healthcare Scholarships Applications Now Open

Supporting Residents, Advancing Local Workforce

The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation (SYVCHF) announces that applications for 2024 healthcare scholarships are now being accepted through Thursday, March 21, 2024. Annually, SYVCHF awards scholarships to support Santa Ynez Valley residents, high school graduating seniors and continuing college students, who are pursuing careers in a health or medical-related field.

Scholarships are used to offset the increasing costs of a college education. Named scholarships are made possible thanks to generous donations and include the Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund, Ken and Lloyd Mills Family Scholarship Fund, Auxiliary Honorary Scholarship Fund, and the newly added Nagler Family Scholarship Fund. In 2023, SYVCHF awarded a total of $33,000 in scholarships presented to 11 honorees.

All scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements: currently reside in the Santa Ynez Valley, plan to enter the health or medical-related fields, have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university, submit a one-page typed essay articulating academic and professional goals including where the applicant plans to reside and work after college, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (see application form for more information).

Previous recipients of this scholarship are eligible and may apply again. Applications received after March 23, 2024, will not be considered. Scholarship winners will be contacted in April. The scholarship application form and complete instructions can be found here:

Rich and Janice Nagler established the Nagler Family Scholarship Fund to provide funding to Santa Ynez Valley residents who have completed two or more years in healthcare education from an accredited college or university. The Fund supports students who are completing career objectives later in their education journey.

Support from residents, organizations and grateful patients play an important role in the health and wellbeing being for the Santa Ynez Valley community and support to SYVCHF’s scholarship funds help advance a local healthcare workforce. Inquiries to donate or learn how to establish a scholarship fund, call 805.691.9509 or give online at:

SYVCHF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to develop, manage and channel financial support on behalf of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, serving not only to protect but also to enhance the hospital as a valuable community asset. For the past 46 years, SYVCHF has supported many significant hospital initiatives including patient care programs, capital equipment and facility infrastructure upgrades.

About Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital
Since 1964, the not-for-profit Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang, provides high quality outpatient surgical services, inpatient care, comprehensive imaging (including MRI, CT, 3D mammography, ultrasound, X-ray, DEXA bone density), on-site laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac clinic, physicians’ specialty clinic and 24-hour emergency services to the community. SYVCH is part of the not-for-profit Cottage Health, the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. The not-for-profit Cottage Health is the leader in providing advanced medical care to the Central Coast region. Specialties include the Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Center, Center for Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Hospital. The Cottage Health medical staff is comprised of more than 700 physicians, many with subspecialties typically found only at university medical centers. Last year, the Cottage Health hospitals in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 80,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and welcomed 2,100 newborns. Cottage Health also offers Cottage Urgent Care Centers throughout the tri-counties, as well as 24-hour access to providers via Cottage Virtual Care, an online service for common conditions. For more information, visit


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