Published : Monday, May 14, 2018 | 5:18 PM
Scholarships were awarded to ten (10) financially deserving and local college bound students. In attendance were the scholarship recipients and their families, along with the Charitable Foundation board.
At an emotionally charged afternoon; family members watched as each award recipient was presented with a $1000 check to help cover their upcoming educational costs.
“One of the most important donations of the Foundation is to graduating seniors from our ten public high schools,” said Ruth McNevin, Scholarship Chair. “Our goal is to help further the education of our most talented and needy students. The students are our future. They are a dedicated and dynamic group that amaze us with their drive, determination and accomplishments.”
This year’s scholarship winners include Ani Boodaghian (Clark Magnet School), an aspiring physician and COPE Health Scholar at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center; National Society of Scholars’ nominee, Brooklin Louise Lakin (Crescenta Valley High School), who boasts a 4.14 GPA and whose dreams of becoming a nurse stems from her brother’s brain surgery; San Marino High School’s, Juno Stilley, whose father’s medical diagnosis fueled her academic success; and Alena DeVaughn (Marshall Fundamental High School), whose family prides themselves on generations of community servants dating back to the Civil Rights Movement.
Scholarships were also presented to Taicyanna Butler (John Muir High School), Katlin Hermosillo (Blair High School), Lauren Ho (Verdugo Hills High School), Sara Shoar (La Cañada High School), Lauren Tan (South Pasadena High School) and Zelmya Taylor (Pasadena High School).
This year, the Scholarship board again received a competitive pool of applicants. “Our Scholarship Committee was challenged to select ten students from a group of almost 50 applications; each one is truly worthy of our award,” said Ruth McNevin.
The Scholarship board is composed of Foundation Directors: Deno Kidde, Sid Karsh, Terry Shelton and Scholarship Chair, Ruth McNevin.
Scholarship selection was based on school location, financial need, academic achievement, and community service and involvement.
PFARCF has distributed over one million to local charities and the pursuit of higher education. The Charitable Foundation’s first charity fund-raiser of the year kicks-off this summer on Thursday, June 21st with their Annual Charity Wine Tasting & Auction Event, followed by the food-filled “Taste of Old Pasadena” on September 11th.
To stay up-to-date and donate to PFAR’s Charitable Foundation’s scholarship and fund-raisers visit pfarcf.org