The Ebell of Los Angeles celebrated the current recipients of its 104-year-old Ebell/Flint Scholarship with a breakfast and discussion on Saturday, February 11. Thirty of the 54 total awardees attending colleges and universities across Los Angeles County gathered with Ebell members at the organization’s historic campus.
While the breakfast is not usually the first time that members of The Ebell meet the awardees, who are selected in July of each year, due to the pandemic forcing the interview process to take place via Zoom, it was the first time the members of the organization were able to formally gather in person to meet any of the scholars selected during the past three years. During the long-awaited breakfast, the scholars gathered for an official group photo and introduced themselves individually. Carol Impara, professor of nutrition at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, led the students in a discussion on social media and its impact on life.
“We are delighted to meet these impressive scholars in person. It gives us such hope for the future and the next generation,” said Anne Lynch, The Ebell of LA’s director of scholarship and chair of the 15-person committee that selects the recipients. “We get to know them a bit through their applications and the interview process, and of course we are inspired by their stories as students, but nothing equals gathering in person, sharing a meal and hearing first-hand about their personal journeys and how they are achieving their educational goals.”
About the Ebell/Flint Scholarship
Launched in 1919 by the women of The Ebell, who valued education and knew that students often required a helping hand, the program grew with an additional donation in 1927 from the Charles Flint family and has supported more than 5,000 undergraduates since its inception, totaling more than $6 million dollars in awards. The scholarship is open to students of any major who currently reside in and attend private or public non-profit colleges or universities in Los Angeles County. Recipient selection is based on financial need, academic achievement, and community service/leadership. Those attending four-year colleges and universities receive $5,000 per year and students attending community colleges receive $3,000 per year for up to three years or until graduation, whichever comes first.
LA County undergraduate students who meet these qualifications are encouraged to submit an application before the scholarship deadline on Monday, April 3, 2023 at the following link: https://ebellofla.org/membership/philanthropy/scholarship/.
“Through this scholarship, we seek to uplift the next generation and help them gain the knowledge and credentials to contribute to society and develop their skills and interests within an ever-evolving world,” said Lynch. “We hope to help level the playing field for students who otherwise would graduate with more debt, and have engaged in fewer enrichment experiences, like a second major, study abroad or research projects, that give better funded students an advantage in seeking future graduate and employment opportunities.”
The 2022-23 class is comprised of 54 scholars, three who graduated last December, majoring in diverse fields, including: anthropology, African American studies, Chicano studies, architecture, nursing, psychology, biology, chemistry, film/media studies, music, mechanical engineering, computer science, homeland security, business and accounting. They attend public and private schools across Los Angeles County including USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Mount St. Mary’s, Woodbury, Azusa Pacific, Claremont, Pitzer, Occidental College, Otis College of Art & Design, Cal Poly Pomona, the Cal State Universities- Dominguez Hills, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Santa Monica College and Mt. San Antonio College.
The Ebell of Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization founded in 1894 by women for women. It is focused on providing a vibrant and inclusive arts and culture hub that fosters the educational, cultural, and social growth of women. At The Ebell, women convene to learn, create, collaborate, innovate, and champion one another to transform the lives of women. The organization’s philanthropic efforts include the RCA endowment which awards annual grants totaling more than $100,000 per year to various nonprofits that assist women and children in need, and the 104-year-old Ebell/Flint Scholarship that has awarded more than 5,000 scholarships to local college and university students. The group’s historic campus located in the Hancock Park/Windsor Square area is an iconic landmark listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
About The Ebell’s Historic Campus
The historic Ebell structure and theatre were built in 1927 and designed by renowned architect Sumner Hunt. The campus originally served as a central hub for learning and arts lectures in support of the education of women; the Art Salon was one of the first art galleries in Los Angeles to showcase the work of female artists. With three levels and more than 80,000 square feet, the renaissance-inspired building is a noted architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated Los Angeles Cultural Monument. The building includes a grand dining room, art salon, courtyard garden, 1,238 seat Broadway-style theater and dozens of smaller rooms filled with historical artifacts and original design details.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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