First published in the March 31 print issue of Outlook Valley Sunshine.
The Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, known as CAP, awarded two $1,000 scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing a two-year college or professional program.
CAP is an auxiliary of the Flintridge Relief League. Members presented the awards to recipients last fall for the current school year.
Isabella Gasparyan, a graduate of La Cañada High School, attends the Paul Mitchell Beauty School in Pasadena. She describes herself as hardworking with a genuine love of makeup and skincare. She developed this interest following a personal struggle with acne as a teenager and became a self-taught makeup artist, doing makeup for friends and family at special events.
Gasparyan is an all-around candidate who served the community by organizing a Red Cross blood drive, for which she received a Girl Scouts Silver Award. Additionally, she played volleyball and was part of a Division 1 championship team. She is the recipient of the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Arts Award for the Western Region as well as a finalist in the California Streaming Photography competition .
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy graduate Nicole Bednar is currently attending Pasadena City College. Bednar describes herself as authentic, self-aware and committed to serving her community. She demonstrates this through her involvement in her church (St. Bede Confirmation Program and Christians in Action) and her community (La Cañada Tournament of Roses Association), as well as multiple extracurricular activities, including part-time work at a salon. hairdressing, athletics (volleyball) and the urban dance team. As busy as she is, she’s been able to maintain a near-perfect GPA. Bednar has been accepted into the Trojan Transfer Program and will transfer to USC in the fall to earn a degree in broadcast journalism.
CAP members participate in five philanthropic programs. In addition to the scholarship program, CAP administers Cappy Bears, SPROUTS, and CAP Care PAC, and works with ALF on Operation School Bell.
CAP’s patronage is supported by sales of the Bargain Box, ALF’s thrift store. To learn more about Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, CAP philanthropic programs, social events and membership, visit ALFlintridge.org or call (818) 790-1328.
CAP is now accepting scholarship applications from students who will be attending a two-year college or an accredited vocational program in the fall. The application deadline is May 7. Applications are available online at alflintridge.org, or can be obtained from the scholarship advisors and/or scholarship staff at the applicants’ school.