Donor Impact On


Jennifer Zamora, Randy & Mary Heartfield Scholarship Recipient

"Receiving the scholarship gave me hope that I can make whatever I imagine a reality."


Kody Corduan, Westerbeck Scholarship Recipient

"Winning the scholarship was an equation for success."


Christina Mu, Westerbeck Scholarship Recipient

"This experience has taught me to believe in myself and find the courage to take chances."

Giving Back

Our 33-member Board of Directors includes volunteer, business and civic leaders who work tirelessly to ensure an affordable and accessible college education for all who have the desire to succeed. Each Board member serves a three-year term, a generous time investment aimed at giving students the same opportunities that were once afforded to them.

Campus Impact

In addition to our key projects, the Pasadena City College Foundation has spearheaded several successful capital campaigns, helping to modernize the look of the campus and making PCC one ofthe most enviable community college settings in the nation.

Raising a combined total of over $8 million in funding, these projects have included:


Center for the Arts, where we provided $3.5 million for FFE (fixture, furniture and equipment) needs plus scholarships for the arts programs. This stunning architectural achievement houses classrooms, art studios, music practice rooms as well as performance spaces that include the Westerbeck Recital Hall, the Boone Family Gallery for Visual Art, and aBlack Box Theater available for student and community productions;

Boone Sculpture Garden, Galloway Plaza and the Jameson Amphitheater, where over $1million was raised;

Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, funded with over $2 million raised by the Foundation;

Shatford Library and Media Center, the Foundation raised $1.6 million iincluding over $345,000 donated directly by PCC employees;

Berger Child Development Center, fully funded by a single, generous donation secured by the Foundation;

Robinson Stadium, providing grandstand seating for 5,400 and an all-weather track and field, its construction was part of a $22 million physical education facilities project at PCC.

The Risser Award

The Risser Outstanding Teacher Award and The Risser Award for Outstanding Support to Education are presented annually to nominated PCC employees. The cash award recognizes someone who has given outstanding service and contributions to the college.

Currently enrolled students have an opportunity to nominate PCC faculty for this award, presented annually to a full-time, tenure-track or tenured candidate. The recipient receives a cash award and the Risser Outstanding Teacher Recognition Plaque, the highest honor for faculty at PCC.


Risser Award & Nomination Guidelines

Recipients are reviewed for:

  • Quality of instruction
  • Inspiration to students
  • Fair, understandable evaluation and grading
  • Loyalty to the college and to our country
  • Number of times teacher has been nominated
    (previous recipients are not eligible)


Only currently enrolled students may start the nomination process of a deserving faculty member. Fellow students and other college employees may participate in the process by signing the nomination form(s). Nominations may be made annually during the Spring Semester. Check back hen to download the nomination packet.


The Risser Award for Outstanding
Support to Education

Faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to submit nominations for the Risser Award forOutstanding Support to Education. The cash award will be presented by the Risser family to a member of our educational support staff who meets the ranks highest according to a review of the following criteria:

  • Support to the educational Programs at PCC
  • Quality job performance
  • Attitude and qualities of character
  • Service beyond the job requirements
  • Loyalty to the College and to our Country
  • Number of years nominated
    (previous recipients are not eligible)

Nomination Guidelines

Nominees for the Risser Award for Outstanding Support to Education may be members of Pasadena City College’s staff who do not have teaching responsibilities, such as maintenance employees, office personnel, non-teaching counselors, and division deans.Emphasis is placed on outstanding service and contributions to the college. Nominations may be made annually during the Spring Semester. Check back then to download the nomination packet.


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