Mary Ellen Hillgren Memorial Scholarship

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The Mary Ellen Hillgren Memorial Scholarship, administered by Assistance League of Flintridge (ALF), was established in 1995 in memory of and tribute to a prominent and dedicated member of the La Cañada Flintridge community. Mrs. Hillgren believed in the public education system and she wished to encourage the accomplishments of students whenever possible. Mrs. Hillgren was President of Assistance League of Flintridge and served twice as President of National Assistance League.
The application period is now closed.
Awards will be made in May at the LCHS Awards Assembly.


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Front Row (L to R)
Scholarship recipient Lexie Dreyfuss with Guide Dog in Training "Winnie," and scholarship recipient Jack Nagel

Back Row (L to R)
Committee Members Rosalind Hilton, Mary Mieding, and Ginny Kelley

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Lois Harrison, Jennifer Killam, and Chairman Barbara Weber


Assistance League of Flintridge has selected the 2016 recipients of its Mary Ellen Hillgren Scholarship. They were guests of the chapter at its recent annual meeting and luncheon, where they were introduced to the ALF members.

Lexie Dreyfuss, a 2016 graduate of La Cañada High School, will be attending Loyola Marymount University in the fall. She plans to commute from La Cañada Flintridge to her classes at LMU so that "Winnie," her "Puppy in Training," can continue to accompany her everywhere, learning a number of commands and how to behave in social situations. Winnie is the third puppy that Lexie has raised for "Guide Dogs of America," an organization that provides guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals.

Jack Nagel, who is also a 2016 LCHS graduate, will attend Northwestern University. He is a member and has served as Chairman of the ALF auxiliary, "Assisteens." In school, he excelled at debate and participated in the Speech & Debate Team and the Mock Trial Team. He has participated in sports, including Track & Field and volleyball. This year, Nagel was selected for the Les Tupper Student Service Award. In addition to these and numerous other service and academic achievements, Nagel is founder and CEO of The Lens (, a multi-media crowd-sourced website.

Every year, Assistance League of Flintridge awards scholarships to La Cañada High School seniors who will be attending a four-year college or university in the fall. A committee of ALF members reviews the applications and selects the recipients, based on excellence in academics, character, extra-curricular activities and community service. This year, the committee was chaired by Barbara Weber, and also included Lois Harrison, Rosalind Hilton, Ginny Kelley, Jennifer Killam, and Mary Mieding.

The names of the recipients are engraved on a perpetual plaque that is displayed in the trophy case at the high school.

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