PEN is no longer accepting applications for the 2019 Rodney E. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship. Check back in spring 2020, for updated information .

This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one Pasadena Unified School District senior who will enroll in a 4 year college in fall 2020, is the first in his or her family to go to college, and demonstrates both need and academic success in high school.

Rodney E. Goodwin passed away on March 12, 2014.  A resident of Altadena since 1987, Rodney was loved by all who knew him because of his generous nature and loving spirit.  Professionally, Rodney was the Chief Financial Officer for the Operating Engineers Trust Funds/IUOE Local 12 in Pasadena.  Rodney grew up in the rural South, and because of the guidance he received while growing up, he was the first in his family to go to college.  He was a proud graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he received a degree in Accounting.

Because Rodney believed in the value of education and knew first-hand the importance of college access for low income students, he became a mentor at Pasadena Unified School District’s John Muir High School.  
To keep Rodney’s passion and memory alive, his partner Carlos D. Carrillo conceived this memorial scholarship. Past recipients are:

  • 2019 - Osvaldo Ruiz Ramirez, a graduate of Pasadena High School and will attend UC Irvine

  • 2018 - Melanie Martinez, a graduate of Pasadena High School and attends Cal State LA

  • 2017 - Roxana Gallegos a graduate of John Muir High School and attends UCLA

  • 2016 - Ulises Reyes a graduate of Blair High School and attends UC Irvine

  • 2015 - David Smith a graduate of John Muir High School and attends UC Berkeley

PEN awards the scholarship to one PUSD senior who:

  • Is the first in his or her family to go to college

  • Has a minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Is eligible for free or reduced lunch

  • Is committed to enroll as a full time student in a 4 year college or university during the upcoming academic year


  • Submit the application and all supplemental materials

  • Submits a personal statement of the student’s choice (may be a Common Application essay or a UC personal insight question)

  • High school transcript (doesn’t need to be an official sealed transcript)

  • Eligibility of free or reduced lunch will be verified

Applications are no longer being being accepted for the 2019 scholarship.