Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

College Women’s Club of Pasadena Scholarship Foundation

Members of the College Women's Club of Pasadena
Members of the College Women’s Club of Pasadena

Annual Fundraiser underway!

Women students from eight of the major colleges/universities in our area have begun the application process to be awarded grants this year.  We will have awarded over 570 scholarships since the inception of our awards program, totaling over $1 million.

As we know from the Awards Ceremony held in May, our recipients come from many walks of life. Some are first in their family to receive a college degree; others are women returning to college after raising their children and working.  Some are doing cutting edge research and the grants allow them to complete their project.  Others are dedicated to enriching the lives of the students that they will teach upon graduation.

And, all of this is possible for them, because we financially support their endeavors.  Your gifts, each year, do make a difference. Use the form below to donate now!

Founded in 1921, the College Women’s Club of Pasadena is truly a historic organization. The Club’s Scholarship Foundation allocates financial aid to approximately 10 full-time students each year who need financial help completing their college or graduate education. Over its lifetime, CWCPSF has granted out $1,048,000 to 576 women. The Club has 80 current members who raise funds though events, a boutique and donations.

In 2016, the Club made the decision to transfer the scholarship foundation’s $1.2 million endowment to the Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF). Going forward, PCF will manage the endowment and the Club members will continue to raise funds and select scholarship recipients. This partnership will ensure the perpetuity of the Club’s outreach and mission.

In 2016, these 10 women received awards:


Madison Gilbertson and Megan Cser, both of Fuller Theological Seminary

Sarah Crane of Pacific Oaks College


Jean Abai of Pasadena City College

Jacqueline Postajian and Suthasinee Virnig, both of Glendale Community College

Jasmine Ceron of East Los Angeles Community College

Michelle Kim of Art Center College of Design

Manasa Ashok of Cal Tech

Kayla Currier of Occidental College


The College Women’s Club also hosts luncheons with guest speakers throughout the year. The events are held at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena at 160 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101. Information on the next event is below. Click here to see a list of upcoming events. For reservations: Call Toni Epstein at (818) 388-5354. Cost is $22 per person. Deadline for reservations is the Thursday before luncheon. Please do not use the form below to pay for the event! This form is for donations to the College Women’s Club Scholarship Foundation only.


February 7, 2017
Douglas Rogers, Disney Studios
Principal Designer of newest, largest castle, Chinese architecture, Disneyland in China

March 7, 2017
Elaine Bannatyne, Researcher, Collector
Rebozos (shawls) of Mexico
Function and Fashion

April 4, 2017
Cory and Joe, Musicians
Music we remember and love

May 2, 2017
Scholarship/Fellowship – Awards Program

June 6, 2017
Debbie McIntosh, Impersonator
Laura Ingalls Wilder, American Author
Little House on the Prairie books and TV program