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The Pasadena Educational Foundation recognizes the achievements, accomplishments, talents, and financial need of our students through our College Scholarships Program. PEF encourages businesses and community members to establish college scholarship awards through us.


In 2022, PEF distributed over $113,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors on behalf of our partners. 7 of our scholarships either expanded or were entirely new, which increased our scholarship awards by over $34,000 from 2021.

Scholarships can be specific to a field of study such as STEM or art, needs-based, or for academic achievements. Additionally, PEF supports and distributes stipends for high school students summer internships.

Did you know that you can create a scholarship fund at PEF to help graduating PUSD seniors attend college?

You can determine just how much you want PEF to be involved.  We can simply write checks to the students you select for the awards, or we can help you develop the criteria for awarding the scholarships, contact high school teachers, counselors, and principals for nominations, and identify the worthiest students.

You can even hand the scholarships to the students yourself at the annual awards ceremonies held at high school in May.

Interested in creating a scholarship fund or contributing to an existing one? Contact Phyllis Fash at pfash@pased.org

Scholarships Include:

Featured Scholarships & Winners

2023 PUSD Graduate Destinations

As PUSD Graduates are once again moving across the state and country to continue their education, we want to highlight their achievements by showing all the great places they’re heading this year with our 2023 Graduation Destinations Map.

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2023 Scholarship Celebration

PEF coordinates and supports scholarship opportunities for high school seniors, and in spring of 2023 awarded more than $132,000 to 112 students.

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PUSD Would-be Future Educators Awarded Scholarships

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) is cultivating its own homegrown crop of teachers, fueled by a new Educational Careers Pathway and fortified by college scholarships. The first nine graduates of the recently created Educational Careers Pathway at John Muir High School Early College Magnet are now scholarship recipients, thanks…

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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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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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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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2021 Scholarship Celebration

We are thrilled to have been able to give over $80,000 in scholarships during the 2020-2021 school year. The following are the fantastic recipients from each school: Blair High School Carson Scholarships James Codey Award for Musical Accomplishment: Cassadey Dembowski  Wooden Wisdom for Life: Zachary Loeza Rich Boccia Vision Award:…

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Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2021

In its third 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 moved to the United States from Nigeria with their father.…

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Help Create a Bright Future

College Scholarships are just one of the many ways the Pasadena Educational Foundation helps to create a vibrant and enriching educational experience for all public school children in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.