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Our Work: Grants & Awards

2022 Scholarship Celebration

2022 was a great year for scholarships! We were able to award over $113,000 to PUSD students. The following are the fantastic recipients from each school: Blair High School Blair Class of ’70 Scholarships Axel Romero Sonia Darakjian Blair Health Academy Scholarships Kasandra Valenzuela Ashley Mills Carson Scholarships James Codey…...

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PUSD Proud Update: Ethnic Studies Recognized by UC System

A team of Pasadena Unified School District experts has been recognized by the University of California for the establishment of an Ethnic Studies course in our high schools. The course was created to broaden the perspective of American history available to our students and was funded in part by grants…...

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Tenacity & Ancient Artifacts at Eliot Arts

by Marleni Jimenez, PEF Development Manager We know that not all superheroes wear capes. And when our world was flipped upside down, we witnessed the tenacity, steadfast commitment, and creativity of our teachers as they worked to ensure that our students continued to learn. As I walked into the opening…...

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We have Teacher Grant Decoration Winners!

During our Teacher Grant drive through parade, teachers were asked to decorate their cars for a chance to win a prize. Our teachers did not disappoint, which made it difficult to choose only one. We are happy to announce the winners. First place goes to Alisha Underwood from Altadena Arts…...

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2021 Year In Review: Your Support Made A Difference

As we wind down 2021, everyone at PEF is grateful for the support of our donors, volunteers, and partners. You have enabled us to do great things for our public school community this year. Together we make an impactful difference in the lives of our students and families. Thank you…...

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Media Release: PEF Presents $200,000 in Grants to PUSD Teachers at Parade Celebration

More than 100 teachers joined the parade in decorated cars to receive their awards. [Photo gallery available 12/8] PASADENA, CA – Pasadena Unified (PUSD) teachers and principals received $200,000 in grants thanks to the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association at…...

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The Nancy Scott Scholarship for Blair High School

Pasadena Unified School District counselor Karen Favor has been at Blair High School almost since she started working for the district in 1983. She’s been a involved in all aspects of the school, not just as a counselor, but also serving as a member of the suicide prevention team, among…...

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Teacher Grant Workshop Helps Prepare Teachers

The Teacher Grant program is one of PEF’s signature programs that has supported PUSD teachers and administrators for 50 years. The goal of our Teacher Grant Program is to help inspirational educators throughout Pasadena Unified School District take their creative projects from idea to reality by providing resources to enhance…...

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Teacher Grant Flashback: Coding for Every Age with the First Graders of Sierra Madre Elementary

by Brianna Chu As the 2021-2022 school year begins back on campus, our wonderful PUSD teachers are heading back into the classroom to innovate, create, and inspire. To celebrate our visionary teachers, here is a flashback to a fantastic Teacher Grant from the 2018-2019 school year: In today’s technology-packed world,…...

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The LIFT Scholarship Launches in 2021 to Celebrate Young Latina Leaders

by Brianna Chu Marshall parent Katrina Ortega is no stranger to creating a scholarship with the Pasadena Educational Foundation. Last year, she and her husband Martin established the Hopes and Dreams Scholarship, letting African American students in the Pasadena Unified School District community know that their aspirations were supported. Now,…...

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