Barbara Samper


The Cabrillo College Foundation has received another $1 million donation from its largest individual donor, Barbara Samper. The donation will provide first-year scholarships for students attending Cabrillo College as part of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C). S4C is a historic, countywide partnership comprised of all K-12 School Districts, Cabrillo College, CSU Monterey Bay, San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), formed with the goal of increasing the college readiness and success of every student in Santa Cruz County. "Thankfully, I am in a position to help with another exciting program at Cabrillo College," said Barbara Samper, President of the Barbara Samper Foundation. "We've seen the nationwide statistics that show one-third of our children do not finish high school. Starting at the fourth grade level, every student in the county will learn about college and know that we focused on providing them a high quality, college education. Cabrillo College will once again show why it is a leader in the county." ” 

In addition to supporting student scholarships, Barbara Samper’s financial support will support the Visual and Performing Arts program as well as the ongoing maintenance of Cabrillo’s Music Recital Hall. In her honor, the state of the art performance facility will be named the Barbara Samper Recital Hall.

Since 2007, Barbara Samper has given more than $1 million in support to the Cabrillo College Foundation’s Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP), which provides counseling support and guidance as well as a number of college preparatory activities for low-income, middle and high school students from six middle schools and five high schools throughout Santa Cruz County. In middle school, CAP students are each awarded a $2,000 scholarship that they earn upon graduation from high school and enrollment at Cabrillo College.

In Spring, 2012 Cabrillo College welcomed more than 3,200 Santa Cruz County fourth grade students on campus for the first time. Fourth graders participated in educational activies specifically designed to provide them with exposure to a college environment. In honor of Barbara Samper and her generous gift, Cabrillo College has named the event the Samper Fourth Grade Experience. Watch the video below to learn more.

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