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 recipients are notified then awarded their scholarships during a ceremony on the LCHS campus and their names 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.

2023 Mary Ellen Hillgren scholarships are now available!  Applications must be returned to the Assistance League of Flintridge office at 4607 Oakwood Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, no later than Tuesday, April 11, 2023. 

Questions?  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 2023. 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 2023 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 5, 2023, along with a one-page personal essay, verification of grades, résumé, and one sealed letter of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The selected candidates and families are typically invited to attend the September CAP meeting to be introduced to the organization’s membership.

Questions?  Contact us at or 818-790-1328.

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

CAP In Focus
ALF Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals Awards Scholarship to Local Student

The Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, known as CAP, has awarded a $2,000 scholarship to a local high school graduate who is attending a two-year college or occupational program. CAP is an auxiliary of Assistance League of Flintridge (ALF). The award was presented to the recipient at the September 21, 2022 CAP meeting. 

The recipient of the scholarship is La Cañada High School graduate, Kylie Sears, who is attending Glendale Community College and plans to become a public policy lawyer. Kylie is an extraordinarily well-rounded student who played varsity volleyball and basketball, served as Vice President for Girls Who Code, and has been involved with the Girl Scouts of America, receiving both the Silver and Gold Award.

Kylie received the Silver Award for completing “chemo care kits” for cancer patients; she was inspired to begin this project by a close relationship with a cancer patient undergoing treatment. Her Gold Award was focused on educating younger girls about how to get involved in issues facing their communities. Kylie partnered with the National Women’s Political Caucus to bring local and state female leaders to provide age-appropriate seminars. As a result of this project, Kylie was chosen as a member of the Tournament of Roses Troop for 2022 and was invited to accompany the La Cañada Flintridge float in the Rose Parade.

Kylie is involved in her church council, holds two jobs, and has been involved in rallies for social justice issues. In addition, she has worked as a poll worker through Los Angeles County.

The Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals is happy to award this scholarship to Kylie Sears, and we wish her all the best at Glendale Community College and beyond.

CAP members participate in five philanthropic programs.  In addition to the Scholarship Program, CAP administers Cappy Bears, SPROUTS, and CAP Care PACs, and works with ALF on Operation School Bell. CAP philanthropies are supported by sales in the Bargain Box, ALF’s thrift shop. To learn more about Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, CAP philanthropic programs, social activities, and membership, visit or call (818) 790-1328.

2022 CAP Scholarship recipient, Kylie Sears, pictured above right with her family and below with CAP Scholarship Chair, Emily Khatchaturian

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)