Youth & Education
Youth & Education is one of PCF’s six areas of impact for local grantmaking. PCF’s grantmaking in education focuses on four priorities: Early Learning, Academic Interventions, Youth Development, and College Success. Its grantmaking for youth focuses on afterschool and summer programs that provide enrichment and leadership development and supports unique populations, including the needs of foster youth.
This area of interest is made possible by PCF Endowment Builders who are passionate about education and enrichment opportunities for local students.
PCF Education Grant Program
In 2022, PCF launched a new iteration of its Education Grant Program following its successful K-12 Education Grant Program, which awarded annually between 2013-2021. The new Education Grant Program focuses on four priorities, all designed to provide support from a very young age through college.
- PCF Scholars – launched in 2019, this program supports local PUSD graduates who attend Pasadena City College.
- Petersen Scholars – In 2021, the Petersen Foundation established a $10 million fund at the Pasadena Community Foundation to create an endowed scholarship program for current or former foster youth attending community college in the Los Angeles region. The program launched its first cohort of 28 students in Fall 2022.
- Additional Scholarships – PCF holds a wide variety of other designated scholarship funds, including College Women’s Club of Pasadena, Bonnie Baha Memorial Scholarship, and the Gloria B. Lee Scholarship. Visit the Funds page to see the complete list of scholarships funds.
Yes Virginia Holiday Grants
Since 1994, the Yes, Virginia Fund has supported children in need in the Pasadena community at the holidays. The fund provides grants to local nonprofit agencies to provide toys, books, gifts, and special experiences to help all children feel valued and supported in their lives.