Patricia Ruiz Memorial Artist Scholar Fund

This fund was established in 2019 to honor the memory of Patricia Ruiz, a devoted educator, administrator and advocate for the arts. Over her 60 year career she served as a public school teacher and school board member for Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District and for many years was President of the La Mirada Symphony Association. As a long-time supporter of the arts and education, Patricia’s legacy will carry on through the Patricia Ruiz Memorial Artist Scholar Fund at California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV).

CSArts – SGV must raise more than $2 million each year – $2,500 for middle school students and $3,500 for high school students – to continue offering a comprehensive arts program. Although parents are asked to provide an annual parent funding contribution, it is completely voluntary, and the school is committed to admitting all youth eligible for enrollment without consideration of their family's ability to make a donation.

Nearly 20% of the school's 1,000 talented students live below the national poverty level and approximately 40% are in need of some financial assistance to help with the costs of their arts training. In an effort to provide financial support to qualified students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, we created the Artist Scholar Sponsorship Program and the Patricia Ruiz Memorial Artist Scholar Fund supports this cause directly.

Every dollar donated to the Patricia Ruiz Memorial Artist Scholar Fund is an investment in the future of a gifted young student with limited resources. Please consider sponsoring these deserving student artists with a tax-deductible donation to honor the memory and legacy of Patricia Ruiz.

For additional information, please contact Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, at or 714.560.0900 ext. 3204.