College Women’s Club of Pasadena Scholarship

Founded in 1921, the College Women’s Club of Pasadena is truly an 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 $1,210,000 to 608 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). PCF manages the endowment and Club members raise funds and select scholarship recipients. This partnership ensures the perpetuity of the Club’s outreach and mission. The endowment currently stands at nearly $2 million.

In 2022, College Women’s Club of Pasadena awarded $55,500 to 14 women for the 2022-23 school year

  • Aida Ohadi – Art Center College of Design (Fellowship)
  • Abigail Young – Fuller Theological Seminary (Fellowship)
  • Ariel Bensen – California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) School of Nursing
  • Trinity Chung – PCC
  • Tracy Hong – CSULA School of Nursing
  • Tram Huynh – East Los Angeles College (ELAC)
  • Abigail Jiang – Caltech
  • Gyooyeon Kim – ArtCenter College of Design
  • Alexandra Noel – CSULA School of Nursing
  • Esmerelda Martinez – CSULA School of Nursing
  • Felicia Melo – CSULA School of Nursing
  • Frances Ann Nogoy – Glendale Community College
  • Sarin Teker – Glendale Community College
  • Elvira Valencia – ELAC

Scholarship & Fellowship Guidelines

The application cycle for the 2023-24 school year will open in early 2023.

Eligibility: 

Art Center College of Design, California Institute of Technology, East Los Angeles College, Fuller Theological Seminary (Schools of Psychology & Sociology), Glendale Community College, Occidental College, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena City College, California State University Los Angeles (College of Education), & California State University Los Angeles (School of Nursing).

Minimum Requirements:

1. Women undergraduate students must be Sophomores or beyond, enrolled full-time, taking 12 or more units, and moving to Junior or Senior status for the award year.
2. Women graduate students must fulfill their school’s full-time requirements during the award year.
3. Enrollment in college full time for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.
4. Maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above.

PCC student and 2022 scholarship recipient Trinity Chung (L) with College Women’s Club member Cathy Nese (R).

5. United States citizen, permanent resident, or registered DACA student.

Application Instructions: 

1. Complete the entire application online. If an item is not applicable to you or the answer is “none,” so state.
2. Personal Essay: Please provide a personal statement that tells us about yourself. You may address all or some of the following topics: academic/career/life goals, importance of education, reason for your chosen field of study, achievements, hardships you have overcome, family influences, philosophy of life that guides you, and any other information you would like us to know. This personal essay and your financial need are the two most important factors for this scholarship. Personal essay is limited to 2 typed pages.
3. Letter of Recommendation: Your application must include one (1) letter of recommendation, preferably from a professor/instructor at your current college. You are responsible to make sure the letter of recommendation is delivered by the deadline.
4. Official Transcript: Your completed application must include a copy of your official current college transcript in PDF format.

Deadline & Notification to Applicants: 

The application period for 2022-23 schoolyear is now closed.

For application forms and information, please contact the school’s financial aid department.

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