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Santa to the Sea Provides Scholarships to Oxnard College Students

Seventy-five Oxnard College students from across Ventura County were recently awarded $500 scholarships to help pay for their schooling, thanks to Santa to the Sea and its partnerships with the Oxnard College Foundation and Gene Haas Foundation. The $37,500 in Santa to the Sea scholarships were handed out on May 15.

“Giving back to the community is what our race is all about,” said Mike Barber, race director. “I’m thrilled we’ll be able to help these students realize their dreams of a college education this year.”

Santa to the Sea uses a portion from each race participant’s registration fee to put toward $500 scholarships. A 20 percent increase in the number of runners for the 2013 event, enabled Santa to the Sea to award more scholarships than in previous years.

The Gene Haas Foundation donated $5,000 toward the Santa to the Sea scholarships, which were established in 2010 to help support eligible high school students and adults who attend Oxnard College. The Oxnard College Foundation matched scholarship contributions made by Santa to the Sea.

The 7th Annual Santa to the Sea half marathon, 2-person relay, 5K and 1K kids fun runs will be held Dec. 14. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy (of at least a $10 value) to the starting line; all proceeds and gifts are donated to the toy giveaway that takes place at Santa Park a week after the race. For more information, or to register, visit

Santa to the Sea is a nonprofit event born out of a desire to give back to the community. What started in 2003 as a toy drive to celebrate the relocation of the world’s largest Santa Claus from Carpinteria to Oxnard, has grown into a robust running event, toy drive, and community fundraiser. Santa to the Sea includes a sanctioned half marathon and a 2-person half marathon relay, plus a 5K run and 1K kids fun run. The Santa to the Sea Scholarship Fund partners with the Oxnard College Foundation to award $500 scholarships to local high school students and adults continuing their education at Oxnard College.

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