May 14, 2020 -- The Pasadena Altadena Ivy Foundation (PAIF), in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Eta Lambda Omega Chapter (ELO), announced today the awarding of about $30,000 in college scholarships to 13 local high school seniors.
The scholarships were granted in the categories of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), social justice and the young African American male. They were awarded to students attending high schools in the Pasadena/Altadena/San Gabriel Valley area including John Muir High School, Pasadena High School and Marshall Fundamental High School.
“For more than 60 years, ELO has been committed to providing college-bound students in the local community with scholarships to assist them as they begin their studies in the important fields of STEAM and social justice,” said Ashley Vickers, president of ELO. “In the midst of the COVID—19 global health crisis, this type of financial support could not be more important. We send all of these students our best wishes and hope their future careers will one day serve the world.”
Over the last six decades, in partnership with PAIF, ELO has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to local students. In addition, the organizations together have:
• Conducted free annual community workshops on how to attain additional scholarships.
• Delivered lunchtime workshops regarding the college entrance process for students at John Muir and Pasadena High Schools.
The Pasadena Altadena Ivy Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to improving access, expanding opportunities and closing economic gaps for the local community through scholarships, mentorships and educational programs.
ELO has a mission comprised of five basic tenets: to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life and to be of service to all mankind.