June 8, 2012
Six UC Santa Barbara Seniors Awarded Surprise Cash Academic Prizes
Santa Barbara, Calif. Six graduating women from UC Santa Barbara will receive cash prizes totaling $46,500 from the defunct Santa Barbara City Club, whose members decades ago created the program out of a desire to reward the campus's top female grads for their academic efforts and achievements.
The City Club Prize, believed to be one of the largest undergraduate cash awards in the nation, is divided annually among the highest academically achieving women majoring in a social science at UCSB. As identified by a computer, the women with the top six grade-point averages in the social sciences receive the cash prizes, in amounts based on their individual rankings. The awards generally come as a complete surprise to the recipients, who may spend the money however they wish.
The six winners for 2012, their hometowns, majors, and prize amounts are:
Kelly Depner, Escondido, sociology and philosophy: $9,000
Carly Saltzman, Torrance, global studies and Spanish: $8,500
Kelly Stich, Alamo, business economics and language, culture and society: $8,000
Chloe Mini, San Francisco, communication and business economics: $7,500
Leslie Wright, Concord, business economics: $7,000
Allyson Miller, Alta Loma, black studies: $6,500
The Santa Barbara City Club was established in the 1920's by a group of women who were interested in the political process and wanted to become more involved. When the club disbanded in 1978 and sold its property, it gifted the proceeds to UCSB with the stipulation that interest income from the gift be used annually "to reward the achievements of women who best exemplify the ideals of the club."