Assistance League of Flintridge gives back to the community by providing scholarships to local students

Mary Ellen Hillgren Scholarships

4 Year School

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 academic achievement, 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.

The Mary Ellen Hillgren Memorial Scholarship, administered by Assistance League of Flintridge, 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.

UPDATE – This year, the deadline for submission was Monday, April 11, 2022 and applications are now closed until 2023.  The awards ceremony was held at LCHS.  For more specific information on scholarships, contact or 818-790-1328.

CAP Scholarships

2 Year School

Since 2001, the Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals has offered scholarships to further the education of La Cañada Flintridge students and has recently extended the reach of the scholarships to those living in the adjacent cities and attending the schools in the local area.

This year, CAP Scholarships will be granted to students who will be attending a two-year college or an accredited occupational program in the fall of 2022. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must attend a school in La Cañada Flintridge and the surrounding area.  Applicants must have graduated from high school by June 2022 and have maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or better. The recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration given to career goals, achievements, community service and/or school involvement, and character.

Applications are available online below or may be obtained from counselors and/or scholarship staff at La Cañada High School, Crescenta Valley High School, St. Francis High School, Hillside Learning Center, Sacred Heart Academy, Verdugo Hills High School, Glendale Community College, and Pasadena City College, or from Assistance League of Flintridge.  Applications must be returned to the Assistance League of Flintridge office at 4607 Oakwood Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, no later than Friday, May 6, 2022, along with a one-page personal essay, verification of grades, résumé, and one sealed letter of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

UPDATE – Applications for 2022 have been reviewed and candidates were notified of their awards.  The selected candidates and families are typically invited to attend the September CAP meeting to be introduced to the organization’s membership.  Look for next year’s scholarship information here in Spring of 2023. For further information, contact us at or 818-790-1328.

2022 MEH Scholarship recipients, Kamran Samudrala & Isabel Anderson with Scholarship committee member, Lori Rotenberg (left)

2021 MEH Scholarship recipients, Dariya Paull & Chase Kerstein (not pictured)

2021 CAP Scholarship recipient, Isabella Gasparyan with Scholarship chair, Emily Khatchaturian (right)

2021 CAP Scholarship recipient, Nicole Bednar



2020 MEH Scholarship recipient, Delaney Choi

2020 MEH Scholarship recipient, Elana Sverdlik

2019 CAP Scholarship recipients Armen Garabekyan & Sophia James with family members & Scholarship chair, Hui Su (right)