Realtor Charitable Foundation Donates Thousands in College Scholarships

On Friday, May 15, the Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation hosted its first-ever virtual scholarship presentation. This year’s event involved school faculty, family, friends, PFAR leadership and the recipients in a live virtual format. The committee faced a competitive pool, awarding 10 scholarships to academically deserving high school students in Pasadena and surrounding areas.

“For our scholarship committee it was a challenging task and an inspirational event to read essays from an abundant group of motivated and productive students from the 10 public schools in PFAR’s territory,” said Ruth McNevin, scholarship chair. “Our communities should be very proud of the extraordinarily talented pool of applicants who have achieved great recognition and gained admission to some of our country’s top colleges and universities.”

Local scholarship recipients included Abdiel Mendez from Clark Magnet High School and Isabella Portantino from La Cañada High School. Scholarship selection was based on school location, academic achievement and community involvement.

The scholarship board is composed of Foundation directors Sid Karsh, Deno Kidde, Terry Shelton, Kal Antoun, Lin Vlacich and Scholarship Chair Ruth McNevin.

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