Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Leola Sudduth and Thomas Foster Kennedy Scholarship Fund

The Leola Sudduth and Thomas Foster Kennedy Fund was established to honor the parents of the Kennedy children with a permanent legacy for the community in which they raised their family and were actively involved. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to outstanding college-bound Black and African American youth from economically challenged areas  in the greater Pasadena area.

The Kennedy Scholarship Endowment was established by Pasadena Councilmember John J. Kennedy in 2014, with help from his nine siblings. After the Councilmember’s untimely death in 2022, the family requested that memorial gifts be made to the Kennedy Scholarship Fund. Councilmember Kennedy had also left a bequest to Pasadena Community Foundation in his estate plan, which helped grow the fund significantly. Today, the scholarship also serves as a tribute to John’s deep commitment to education and to Pasadena.

The 2024 Kennedy Scholarship recipient from John Muir High School – Eloheem Mahone, third from right – is joined by, left to right, Muir principal Dr. Lawton Gray, Elizabeth Kennedy-Ellis, Pasadena City Councilmember Tyrone Hampton, Lena Kennedy, Natasha Mahone, and Geraldine Sudduth Kennedy.


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