The Paul Livadary and Mary Christopher Scholarship

Pasadena Waldorf School's Paul Livadary and Mary Christopher Scholarship is a needs-based merit scholarship established to benefit new and returning Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) students who are entering the 9th grade. Up to four scholarships will be awarded based on merit and demonstrated financial need. The award amount is up to $2,500 per student, in addition to Tuition Assistance, and is renewable for each of the four years of high school, contingent upon maintaining good academic and social standing, meeting expectations of scholars, and continuing to demonstrate financial need.

About Paul Livadary and Mary Christopher

Paul Livadary is the founder and original visionary of Pasadena Waldorf School. Paul opened the doors to Pasadena Waldorf School with seven students in a rented church classroom. The following year, Mary Christopher joined the school as the first grade class teacher and became an early guiding influence in educating the children coming to the school. With the acquisition of the Paquita Lick Machris campus in the 1980’s and the move of our high school, preschool, and parent-child programs to the new McComb Mendocino Campus in 2016, today Pasadena Waldorf School is a vital and thriving school, serving over 300 students from parent-child through high school with an inspired education that has the potential to change the world, one child at a time. It is Paul's and Mary’s wish that the grant be used towards creating the Paul Livadary and Mary Christopher Scholarship to make Waldorf Education more affordable to children who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Paul Livadary and Mary Christopher

The McComb Scholarship Fund

Thanks to a generous grant from the Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation, the Paul Livadary and Mary Christopher Scholarship was established to benefit new and returning Pasadena Waldorf School students with demonstrated financial need who are entering High School at the McComb Mendocino campus.


To apply, submit the Admissions application*, Tuition Assistance application, and Scholarship Application with supporting documentation.

*Current 8th grade PWS students do not need to submit the Admissions Application.

All materials must be received by:

Friday, February 12, 2021

Scholarship applicants will be notified of the decision by Friday, March 5, 2021

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Admitted for 9th grade for the 2021-22 school year
  • Qualify for Tuition Assistance at PWS
  • Demonstrate academic, artistic and practical capacities
  • Display a variety of interests, engagement and curiosity in the wider world
  • Show leadership potential and social skills


Scholarship Application Packet

  • Scholarship Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation from an applicant's teacher
  • Supporting materials around interests in the wider world. Examples might include writing and/or creative arts portfolio, community volunteer experience, membership/leadership in outside organizations, athletics achievements/activities, etc.

Scholarship Award Process

The Scholarship Committee reviews applications and identifies scholarship recipients. Scholarships are renewable if eligibility is met annually.

Paul Livadary and Mary Christopher Scholarship recipients participate in the High School Ambassador program representing the school at specific events, interacting with donors, and maintaining a high level of academic and social standards throughout the year.

Questions or comments? Email or call 626.204.0786

Pasadena Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming), sexual orientation (including  heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), age (40 and over), marital status, military or veteran status, genetic characteristic or genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws in any of its policies, practices, procedures, or programs.

Pasadena Waldorf School Scholarship for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

The PWS Scholarship for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity allows PWS to attract and retain students from the Black community and other communities of color. The scholarship is open to any student who self-identifies as a person who is Black or as a person of color, who would also qualify for enrollment and Tuition Assistance at PWS. The scholarship is meant to help cover costs above the qualified Tuition Assistance award in order to help retain current students and welcome new students into the community. The current term of the scholarship is for two years, with the aim of further funding supporting more years and more scholarships should applicants remain eligible. The school may award up to 5 scholarships, spread between re-enrolling and new students.

We are currently not accepting applications. We invite you to direct any questions or comments to or call 626.794.9564

To help support the PWS Scholarship for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity financially, please email