Scholarship Program

Our 2017 Recipient

Kelsey Tennis, who is continuing her education at College of the Desert, is receiving a scholarship for her second year. Kelsey has also become our first student member of the Palm Springs branch.

Our 2016 Recipients

Two students from College of the Desert will be receiving scholarships this year, thanks to a matching grant from the city of Palm Desert.
Kelsey Tennis, a June graduate of La Quinta High with a 3.75 GPA,  is a writer and loves to write short stories. Her goal is to teach high school English and continue to pursue writing on the side. She will attend COD in the fall, and after achieving her, plans to attend Cal State San Marcos for her B.A. in English. She currently works part-time, continues to maintain good grades, and manages to squeeze in an active social life. She loves video games,  volunteers with Animal Samaritans and is first aid and CPR certified.
The name of our second recipient will be announced soon.

Our 2015 Recipients

Three $500 scholarships were awarded to students attending College of the Desert in the areas of art, writing and music. Pen Women members are invited to the awards ceremony in February when the young women receive their scholarship grants.

Our 2014 Recipient

Evelyn Olvera is a graduate of  Desert Hot Springs High School. She is attending California State University, Long Beach and is an art major.

Our 2013 Recipients

The Palm Springs Branch of the National League of American Pen Women selected four outstanding young women to each receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue an education in the Arts. The bar was set high to qualify for this honor; the recipient must have excelled in art, letters or music, must have an overall 3.0 grade point average, and must be going on to higher education and a career in the Arts. The following exceptional high school graduating seniors were recently honored at award ceremonies at each of the high schools:

Stephanie Cheng, a graduate of Palm Desert High School, is majoring in English/Creative Writing and will continue her education at Western Washington University.  She compares writers to thieves.   Through keen observation and writing skill, “. . .they steal moments and feelings that don’t belong to them and transform them into something transcendental, something greater than a solitary moment.”

Brigitte Crisp, a Palm Desert High graduate, is planning on receiving a Fine Arts Degree and plans to pursue a career as an illustrator or a graphic designer and will be attending Santa Monica College in the fall“Painting and drawing is my passion,” she says, “from the beginning sketch to the last stroke of color.”

Kaylin Murphy, a graduate of Cathedral City High School, who wants to pursue a degree in journalism and participate in an internship program while in college, allowing her to gain real world experience in the field,  will be attending Cal State University San Bernardino. “I am going to make a difference in the world,” she asserts, “whether it’s by entertaining the world with my words through writing, or how I express them verbally and visually.”

Fabiola Paredes, a Cathedral City High School graduate, wishes to have a career in advertising marketing or journalism, and will be attending  College of the Desert before transferring to a four year university. Her goal is to “. . . work as an intern in order to gain more experience in the ‘real world.’  This will help me decide what specific career I want to pursue.”

We are proud of these young women.  They are our future!


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