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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.

Announcing the new Angela Parris Rose City Scholarship!

The annual award will go to a graduating Rose City senior who has overcome significant obstacles to succeed academically, and who is planning to pursue a college education. The award is renewable for up to four years as the scholarship winner progresses through college. It is named in honor of Angela Parris for her longtime and devoted work at the Pasadena Educational Foundation. She has dedicated more than 16 years serving the students and teachers of PUSD. We wish her all the best as she embarks on a new phase in her life in retirement.

Support Angela Parris Rose City Scholarship


PEF has distributed over $50,000 in the past few years in scholarships to graduating seniors on behalf of those entities. 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 us at aparris@pasedfoundation.org

Scholarships Include

  • Norm Schmidt Scholarship for Visual Arts
  • Blair High School Joyce Davis Scholarship
  • Wark Scholarship
  • Edison STEM
  • Muir High School Class of ’65
  • Carson Scholarship Fund at Blair High School
  • Robert Gould Memorial Scholarship at Muir High School
  • Scott Scholarship Fund for Blair High School
  • C.O.P.A.

Featured Scholarships & Winners

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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2016 Edison Scholarship Winners

“Higher education can transform lives. We’re committed to helping young people build better lives—and bright futures—through careers in STEM fields” – Edison Thank you Edison International for supporting our PUSD students by working through PEF to provide $2,500 scholarships to two Muir High School students through the Edison Scholars program…

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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.