SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Without the usual pomp and circumstance, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara gave out more than $6 million in awards to about 1800 students from all over Santa Barbara County.
Two of the recipients are the daughters of educators killed by a suspected DUI hit and run driver in February.
The late Adolfo Corral, 44, was the equity, diversity and cultural competency coordinator at Santa Barbara City College. His late wife Mary Jane Becerra Corral was a computer specialist for the Goleta Unified School District.
On Sunday evening, February 9, they were fatally struck while walking their dog on a bike path that parallels Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta.
The suspected driver, 39, remains in custody awaiting trial.
The Corrals are survived by four children. The scholarship recipients are their oldest children.
Scholarship Foundation staff member Tim Dougherty said they are both known for getting good grades.
"Both these young ladies are standout students and these awards were made strictly on the basis of their academic achievement."
Azalea Corral will be a Junior at UC Riverside where she is majoring in Spanish. Her sister Dahlia is about to graduate from Dos Pueblos High School and will be a freshman at San Diego State, perhaps virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. She plans to study mechanical engineering.
The foundation's average award is more than $2700.
This year the nonprofit had to turn more than 1,000 applicants away due to lack of donations.
Donations may be made to www.sbscholarship.org in honor of anyone or for any type of scholarship and foundation does the rest, however donors are welcome to take part in the selection process.
Students may apply for next year's awards on October 15.