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.
Applications will become available in the beginning of 2018 with the awards ceremony being held in May. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-790-1328.
ALF AWARDS 2017 MARY ELLEN HILLGREN SCHOLARSHIPS
Assistance League of Flintridge has awarded its 2017 Mary Ellen Hillgren Scholarship to recipients Hannah Chew and Tomas Tuszynski.
Hannah Chew has been a section leader in the marching band, orchestra winds and the musical orchestra. Hannah has participated and held offices in several clubs at La Cañada High School. It is apparent that Hannah's work at the Union Station Homeless Shelter became a passion for her and she dedicated her Girl Scout Gold Award project to establishing DVD libraries and hosting family movie nights at the facilities. She shared this passion with fellow students. She founded the "Help the Homeless Club" to raise awareness among other students.
Tomas Tuszynski has been a member of concert choir and men's ensemble. Tomas has participated as a Boy Scout leader and was captain of the cross country squad. Tomas found his passion by participating in the YMCA Youth and Government program where he was the delegation's chaplain. Through the program, Tomas had the opportunity to meet other delegates that have been great role models and given him an example of who he wishes to be. As chaplain of the delegation, Tomas delivered inspirational speeches every meeting and in giving these speeches he discovered his calling and purpose in life. Finding this passion for inspiration has been Tomas' most important discovery.
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.
The names of the recipients are engraved on a perpetual plaque that is displayed in the trophy case at the high school. ALF congratulates this year's winners.