Mary Ellen Gilstrap was a 50-year resident of Glendale and La Canada. When she died in 2005, the Gilstrap family designated the Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic as a recipient of donations in Mary Ellen’s memory. A separate scholarship was created in her honor. At least one scholarship is presented each year, with the recipient selected from both the high school and college sorority member applicants. The award selection is based on the ideals that were Mary Ellen’s: to have a sincere desire for learning, to be actively involved in school and community service, to have plans for career development, to demonstrate high standards as a person, and to value family and friends.
Mary Ellen was the Chi Omega delegate to the Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic for 18 years. She was President of the Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic in 1991-1992 and 2000-2001, and was President of the Southern California Council of Alumnae Panhellenics, an organization made up of over 30 Southern California alumnae Panhellenic groups that support 19 Southern California colleges and Universities. She followed her sorority’s ideals throughout her entire life, which was the promotion of sincere learning and credible scholarship, community service, career development, quality activities, high personal standards, and most importantly, friendship.
Mary Ellen taught in Glendale and La Canada schools and the St. Bede CCD program. She was a co-owner and Director of the La Canada Pre-School for 28 years. Her three children graduated from La Canada High School.
She found time to be part of the Newcomers, was a charter member of the Canada Auxiliary of Professionals of the Assistance League of Flintridge, was on the Substance Abuse Task Force of the Health Policy Committee of Verdugo Hills Hospital, and was a member of the La Canada Flintridge Community Child Development Task Force. She was also involved with the La Canada Players. She was the 2001 winner of the Ada Tallman service award, and was named Educator of the Year in 2004 by the La Canada Chamber of Commerce.
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP SOCIAL
Eligible High School senior women interested in our High School Scholarships must attend this event to
receive an application. The event provides information on sororities and answers questions you might have.
The 2017 Scholarship Social has already occurred.
Please check back in January 2018 for an invitation to next year's event.
Click here for a copy of the Scholarship Social Invitation.
Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic
A member of National Panhellenic Conference
The Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic awards annual scholarships of varying amounts to eligible high school senior women who will attend a 4-year college/university in the fall. Please check out the "Scholarship Guidelines" section for information on the various scholarships available, eligibility requirements and application information. Applicants for the High School scholarships must attend the annual Scholarship Social. High School counselors are given information regarding the date and location of this annual event. Scholarships have been awarded for 2016.
We also award scholarships to eligible undergraduate college women who are members in good standing of any of the 26 NPC sororities. Please check out the "Scholarship Guidelines" section for information on the various scholarships available, eligibility requirements and application information. Requirements are also detailed in the scholarship application. Scholarships have been awarded for 2016.
2017 COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
The application for undergraduate NPC sorority members is now closed.
The deadline for receipt of all information for 2017 was March 18.
Check back in January 2018 for a copy of the Collegiate Application
The Mary Ellen Gilstrap Memorial Scholarship