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Our Work: Grants & Awards

Our Community’s Generosity Has Strengthened and Inspired Us

Thank you! Our heartfelt thanks to our community for your support and all that you have made possible for our Pasadena Unified students and teachers. Throughout this challenging time, the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and partners has strengthened and inspired us. Here are just some of the ways your…...

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Teacher Grant Photo Gallery 2020

We Celebrated Our Teacher Grants with a Parade Our amazing 2020-21 PEF Teacher Grant winners decorated their cars and received their awards at the first-ever teacher celebratory parade in front of the PUSD district headquarters building. This year, 181 educators received awards representing 124 unique proposals from every school in…...

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Media Release: PEF Presents $140,000 in Grants to PUSD Teachers at Parade Celebration

Pasadena Educational Foundation Presents $140,000 in Grants to Pasadena Unified School District Teachers at Parade Celebration More than 100 teachers joined the parade in decorated cars to receive their awards. PASADENA, CA – Pasadena Unified (PUSD) teachers and principals received $140,000 in grants thanks to the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF),…...

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Teacher Grants Celebration 2020

WE CELEBRATED OUR TEACHER GRANTS WITH A PARADE Our amazing 2020-21 PEF Teacher Grant winners decorated their cars and received their awards at the first-ever teacher celebratory parade in front of the PUSD district headquarters building. This year, 181 educators received awards representing 124 unique proposals from every school in…...

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Scholarship Spotlights 2020

While high school graduations definitely looked different this year, one thing remains the same—the amazing talent, spirit, passion, and strength of Pasadena Unified’s graduating seniors. Every year, the Pasadena Educational Foundation recognizes the achievements, accomplishments, talents, and financial need of our students through our College Scholarships Program. Some scholarships are…...

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Celebrating the New Hopes and Dreams Scholarship

Celebrating the Inaugural Year of the Hopes and Dreams Scholarship In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the following protests and campaigns for greater accountability and equality in our economic, political, and social systems, current Marshall parents Martin and Katrina Ortega had been thinking about how they could support…...

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Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2020

Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2020 by Brianna Chu In its second year, the Manwani Family Scholarship is a scholarship specifically for Marshall Fundamental graduates, created by Marshall alumnus Bhart Manwani. Mr. Manwani and his older brother attended Don Benito Fundamental School and then Marshall Fundamental School after they…...

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Celebrating the Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship in 2020

Celebrating the Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship in 2020 by Brianna Chu The Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship is named after the beloved Director of Art and art teacher, recognized by fellow teachers and students alike for his deep love of art, great smile…and his signature moustache and red socks!…...

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Teacher Grants Spotlight: Nurturing Communication Skills with STEM and Storytelling

by Brianna Chu Technology can be used for many different purposes, not just scientific ones. Washington Elementary STEM Magnet third grade teacher, Janice Sandberg, thought it would be great for her third grade class to collaborate with the kindergarten class to create their own stories by coding using KIBO. KIBO…...

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Teacher Grants: Chemistry in Action at Pasadena High School

by Brianna Chu Pasadena High School chemistry teacher Roger Baar wanted a way to physically demonstrate an essential technique in chemistry – determining melting points of elements – to his five chemistry classes. To do so, he purchased two melting stations with which his classes could perform labs. These melting…...

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