Programs & Events

Our Scholarships

Every year the Independent School Alliance awards $10,000 in scholarships to graduating Alliance seniors who will be pursuing higher education. These awards can go towards tuition, fees, books, and supplies expenses at any post-secondary educational program or institution (such as community colleges, universities or trade schools) that is designed to conclude with the awarding of a degree or diploma, that is located in any of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and at which such winner has been accepted to attend.


Azaliy Hekymara Scholarship

The Azaliy Hekymara Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the Founding Executive Director, Manasa Tangalin’s late son through the 2nd tenet of the ISA’s mission of providing ongoing support. This year the Independent School Alliance will award a total of $7500 in Azaliy Hekymara Memorial Scholarships to three graduating seniors. 

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  • 1st Place

  • 2nd Place

  • 3rd Place


Ray Michaud Scholarship

The Ray Michaud Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor former Board member, Ray Michaud whose commitment to educational access greatly impacted the Los Angeles independent school community. This year the Independent School Alliance will award one Ray Michaud scholarship to an Alliance graduating senior in the amount of $2,500.

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  • Step 1: Complete The Senior Survey

    In order to be considered applicants must fill out the senior survey, which can be found by clicking here.

    (Note: This is a required step for all scholarship applicants.)
  • Step 2: Submit Your Essay

    To apply for our annual scholarship, choose one of the questions below to write an organized and succinct essay.

    1. In 2017, the National Association of Independent Schools held its Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Southern California. The Community Engagement Initiative of the conference led to the creation of the Student Stay Woke Conference, a student-led conference where students generated ideas to take back to their schools and communities. At its core, SDLC and SSW are about social activism. How have you engaged in social activism in your own school community and beyond? What methods did you use? To what extent were you successful?

    2. The Alliance partners with over 50 schools in the Greater Los Angeles area. Many of these schools have incorporated diversity, equity, and inclusion into their mission statements and/or their core values. Some schools have even hired a diversity practitioner to help lead this aspect of the school’s initiatives. Based on your own independent school experience, what policies would you change or introduce to your school to further promote a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just environment? And why?
    Each essay will be evaluated on the following: 
    Purpose and Voice
    Content and Ideas
    Structure and Organization
    Language and Word Choice
    Sentence Structure and Mechanics
    Format Requirements
    Your essay should be between 500 - 650 words in length double spaced. Please format your essay to 12 pt font, 1-inch margins, and use Arial OR Times New Roman Font.
    Submission Requirements
    Please submit your essay in .doc, or .docx format via email to
    In your subject line include “Alliance Scholarship - Applicant’s Name, School and Current Grade”
    ie. “Alliance Scholarship - Vannessa Rodriguez, Crossroads School, 12th Grade.” 


The senior survey must be completed and entries must be emailed to by 11:59 PM on February 19th, 2020.

Applicants will be evaluated on their essays, extracurricular activities, and ISA involvement via a separate survey distributed after an application is submitted. By entering the competition, each entrant agrees that the committee’s decisions in regard to all matters relating to the competition -- including winners and contestant eligibility-- shall be final and binding.


The scholarship recipients, their parents, and schools will be notified by email during the week of March 15th.
Awards will be disbursed at the Alliance’s Annual Impact Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2020.
The event will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Winners must be present at the Impact Awards Dinner
to receive their award.