Scholarship Programs

Assistance League of Huntington Beach Scholarships
Help Students Achieve Their Dreams

The importance of education and literacy are at the very heart of Assistance League. The co-founder of National Assistance League, Ada Edwards Laughlin, attended Stanford University in the 1890s and taught school. Today, many Assistance League member volunteers are active or retired teachers or school principals who carry on the promise of education for all.

Assistance League of Huntington Beach believes in the importance of education as the means to a better life for children and adults and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years on programs focused on education. The tradition began in 1956, when the chapter awarded its first college scholarship to Arnis Luters. The scholarship for $4,000 would cover his four years of college. The scholarship program was expanded in 1972 to include nursing scholarships for students at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

Our college scholarship program has been expanded to include:

  • veterans attending the Golden West College Police Academy and Automotive program
  • single parent clients in the Project Self Sufficiency program
  • high school graduates who are part of the Scholars’ Hope Foundation program

Our programs also provide scholarships for children participating in the  Therapeutic Riding Center program.

In 2017-2018, $175,000 in scholarships have been awarded to college  students and Therapeutic Riding Center students. Our partnerships with the organizations listed below have made it possible for us to ensure that the best candidates receive scholarships and have the opportunity to achieve their dreams.

  • Golden West College
  • Project Self Sufficiency
  • Scholars’ Hope (formerly El Viento Foundation)
  • Therapeutic Riding Center

We have received many thank you notes from these students who very much appreciate our financial support. They are most grateful that an organization like Assistance League believes in their future.

How do we fund our scholarship and other programs?

Our Thrift Shop and our Treasures by the Sea annual fundraiser are the key means of funding our programs. By shopping at our Thrift Shop, you help Assistance League make a difference in the lives of children and adults in the community.

Our Thrift Shop is located at 8071 Slater Avenue (just East of Beach Blvd) and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and on Thursdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Contact Us


Therapeutic Riding Program

Golden West College - Law Enforcement Scholarship Presentation

Scholars Hope Recipients

Arnis Luters - First Recipient