Science and Engineering Council
of Santa Barbara, Inc.

 

SEC Scholarships

The Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara, Inc. (SEC) provides scholarships to students from the Santa Barbara area who intend to major in science, physics, chemistry, engineering, or mathematics and are in need of financial aid for college. The scholarship(s) can amount to 15-20% of the yearly expenses for the student(s), depending on the scholarship amount(s) and the needs of the selected student(s) -- a significant amount for young scientists who otherwise could not afford the fees and tuition.

The SEC assigns its scholarship donations to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, a non-profit organization helping needy and deserving students for over 40 years. The Scholarship Foundation selects the student(s) for the SEC by reviewing comprehensive applications, references and test scores, and by interviewing applicants and determining financial need.

The SEC and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara would like to congratulate the recipient of the Science and Engineering Council Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year, Tyler Dahl. The Annual Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

Tyler Dahl is a 2007 Dos Pueblos graduate completing his freshman year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a 3.10 GPA in the General Engineering major. Tyler writes, "My first quarter at Cal Poly was fantastic. Each class is challenging in its own way, although for me Chemistry is the most challenging. Calculus, however, is rather enjoyable. I love all the tricks there are to find values I never knew it was possible to find. My introductory engineering class is exciting because I lthink it will help me to find an engineering focus that appeals to me. I want to have a clear idea of what field of engineering I want to pursue by the start of fall quarter 2008." Tyler is now ready to explore other aspects of student lilfe at Cal Poly. The club activities he is interested in include Renewable Energy, and a club that builds and refines a race car; he is also considering wakeboarding and water skiing as well as Ultimate Frisbee. Although initially Tyler was nervous about how different college courses would be from high school, he is now confident in his ability to master the challenges Cal Poly has to offer.

In a letter from Tyler written in May 2008, he said:

Dear Science & Engineering Council Scholarship Fund,

Thank you for the grant for $2200 for my studies at Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo. I really appreciate the support and assistance with my tuition. Your giving me this award to supplement my family's contribution to my college expenses helps me feel like all my hard work this year is worthy of your support. I am really looking forward to working over my summer vacation to earn money of my own that I can also put towards college expenses.

My first year of college has veen full of hard work, new experiences and new challenges. College is much harder than high school, but I look forward to the 2008/2009 school year. This year I've learned many things and grown more confident and independent than I was before. I've had to make speeches in my Communications class, created a mock MP3 device with special specifications with a group in my Engineering class and survived a year of dorm life with 3 people in a 2 person room! I'm sure new challenges will continue to arise, and having made it through this year has prepared me for whatever may come next.

Sincerely and gratefully,
Tyler Dahl

Your generous donations allow us to support students like Tyler. You can make a real difference by supporting local students persuing educations in the sciences and engineering at the college level. Please consider donating to the Science and Engineering Council scholarship fund. For more information contact


Special thanks go to Vicki Wedmore, Director of Student Programs, for administering the SEC scholarship fund. Funding for the SEC Scholarship is made possible by contributions from members of the SEC. Donations are tax deductible provided checks are made payable to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. For our address or additional information, please contact
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