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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Angela Parris Rose City Scholarship
- LIFT Scholarship – Latinas Inspired for Tomorrow
- Hopes & Dreams Scholarship
- Norm Schmidt Scholarship for Visual Arts
- Blair High School Joyce Davis Scholarship
- Wark Scholarship
- Muir High School Class of ’65
- Carson Scholarship Fund at Blair High School
- Sheryl Orange Scholarship
- Robert Gould Memorial Scholarship at Muir High School
Scott Scholarship Fund for Blair High School
Featured Scholarships & Winners
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…
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…
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,…
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:…
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.…
PEF Announces Latinas Inspired For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship
The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) announces the launch of the new Latinas Inspired For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship to help at least one Latina student graduating from Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) high schools: Blair High School, Marshall High School, Muir High School, and Pasadena High School. The scholarship will be…
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…
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…
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.