Assistance League Extends Deadline for Hillgren Scholarship Applications

Photo courtesy Hillgren family
Mary Ellen Hillgreen, the namesake of the scholarship presented by Assistance League of Flintridge, is pictured with husband Warren, who served multiple terms as La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor.

Due to the disruption in usual routines caused by COVID-19, Assistance League of Flintridge has extended the deadline for submission of applications for the Mary Ellen Hillgren Scholarship to Friday, May 15. Two scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded annually to La Cañada High School seniors who will be attending a four year college or university in the fall.
In addition to the application, students are asked to submit a 300-word essay describing how their activities outside of school have helped build their character. Also, an unofficial transcript is requested. Applications are available at

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Assistance League Donates Chromebooks to LCUSD

The Assistance League of Flintridge (ALF) recently donated 50 Chromebook tablets to the La Cañada Unified School District. These are loaned to students to replace nonfunctioning ones that cannot be repaired, and are provided to students in need, according to an ALF spokesperson.
“While ALF donates Chromebooks to LCUSD on an ongoing basis, this particular large donation takes place at an especially critical time since students and teachers are depending on electronic communication to complete assignments,” an ALF statement said.
Chromebooks are used by students in grades 5 through 12.
Two other updates regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting ALF:
• Bargain Box Thrift Shop has temporarily closed and donations cannot be accepted.
• ALF has “regretfully concluded that it will not be able to offer Summer School this year; it is only the second time in its 42-year history that it has not taken place,” according to a spokesperson.
For current information regarding Assistance League of Flintridge, its programs and membership, visit