The Warren Christopher Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to outstanding high school sophomores in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each year, 10 students are selected to receive the prestigious award toward four years of college tuition. The goal of the program is to encourage talented, yet financially disadvantaged, sophomores to finish high school and pursue a college degree.
The challenges Christopher Scholars have overcome are profound. Often attending high schools with high drop-out rates and living in circumstances ravaged by drugs, violence and poverty, Christopher Scholars have gone on to become successful teachers, public servants, doctors, lawyers and business people. They have attended some of the finest universities in the country, including the Ivy League schools, Stanford University, MIT and most of the University of California schools. Nearly 170 Christopher Scholars have been named since its founding in 1993. All scholars have graduated from high school, and nearly all has graduated from college, is currently in college or plans to attend college after graduating from high school.
The Warren Christopher Scholarship program is one of the most cost-efficient and successful scholarship programs of its kind in the country. Relying on an original $1.5 million grant, a focused mission, wise investment decisions and minimal overhead costs, the program has awarded roughly $3 million in scholarships — or twice the initial grant. The fund was established at the California Community Foundation in 1992 with a gift by O'Melveny & Myers LLP to honor Warren Christopher — the firm’s former chairman and senior partner — when he was appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Secretary Christopher was an alumnus of Hollywood High School in the LAUSD. For more details about the Warren Christopher Scholarship program and its scholars, visit O'Melveny.
In 2010, the Warren Christopher Scholarship Fund embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise $5 million to make this scholarship a permanent opportunity for Los Angeles students. This effort will ensure that 10 or more scholars will be recognized annually as well allows the fund to adjust scholarships awards for increasing tuition costs. O’Melveny and Secretary Christopher have made significant pledges and contributions toward this goal, and the program is more than half way toward its $5 million fundraising goal.
Secretary Christopher was extremely passionate and dedicated to this scholarship fund and supporting Christopher Scholars was one of his greatest joys. This program will be a lasting memorial to him and his extraordinary legacy. To learn more about Secretary Christopher and his life please visit O’Melveny’s tribute site to him.
Please make a contribution to The Warren Christopher Scholarship Fund today to support more promising LAUSD students. There are many options to contribute:
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation's board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to "Calif Comm Fdn - CCF". In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions which we do not apply to most donations as a courtesy. For contributions of $25,000 or more, the foundation reserves the option to charge the fee directly to the individual fund.
- Send a check payable to the California Community Foundation, specifying Warren Christopher Scholarship Fund in the memo, to 221 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Make a wire transfer. For more information, call Nichole Baker at (213) 452-6241.
- CCF also accepts complex gifts of stock, real estate and other assets. For more information, call Nichole Baker at (213) 452-6241.