CSF Honors Distinguished Person of the Year

Photo courtesy Mary Emily Myers
CSF President Karen Mathison (left) with Distinguished Person honoree Wendy Wyatt.

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge continued its tradition of selecting a Distinguished Person for 2017 and recently presented the award to Wendy Wyatt at a special luncheon held at the Caltech Athenaeum.
Every year, CSF selects a person who exemplifies a high spirit of community service and who has also given of themselves to the CSF mission of awarding scholarships to graduating seniors in the surrounding foothill communities.
To kick off the luncheon, CSF President Karen Mathison introduced Wyatt and welcomed all in attendance, including special guests Assistant Principal Jonathan Lyons of La Cañada High School; Pat Anderson, CEO of the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce; Jon Curtis, La Cañada City Councilman and his wife, Lisa; and Terry Walker, mayor pro-tem for the city of La Cañada Flintridge. Also in attendance was Dominick Correy representing state Sen. Anthony Portantino.
As guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon, Mathison spoke of the many contributions and accomplishments of Wyatt.
The Community Scholarship Foundation began in 1964 by local volunteers who saw a need to provide financial support to local high school graduating seniors who otherwise might not be able to pursue education post high school. Wyatt served as CSF president for six years. Under her leadership she challenged membership to become more proactive, which produced diversified fundraising activities that were more profitable and increased the awareness of CSF and its mission.
In addition to her work with CSF, Wyatt has been involved with the Los Altos Auxiliary of Hathaway-Sycamores, the Flintridge La Cañada Guild of Huntington Hospital, the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce, Youth Moving On in Pasadena, U.S. Humane Society and various animal protection groups.
In accepting the award, Wyatt thanked everyone for attending and spoke of the passion in her heart for students who are hard-working, dedicated, exhibit integrity, character and tenacity. Deserving students are those who may not be at the top tier of the academic ladder or may not be going to a four-year college, but still strive greatly and persevere, sometimes in the face of personal hardship and family struggles. She spoke of the gratitude giving provides when looking in the eyes of the grateful students who might not otherwise have been able to pursue their educational dreams.
For additional information on CSF, email president@csflacanada.org or visit csflacanada.org. To apply for a CSF scholarship, email scholarships@csflacanada.org.

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