New SPHS Scholarship Honors Local Activist Solis

Dr. Beatriz Solis

A scholarship for graduating students from South Pasadena High School who wish to pursue a higher education has been established in memory of late Dr. Beatriz Solis (1962-2020). The annual award will recognize students who are seeking to pursue an education or career advancing women’s issues, equality rights or other forms of social justice.
This scholarship is sponsored in part by Transtech Engineers and Solis’ immediate family and friends. Students from SPHS, as well as Roosevelt and La Puente high schools, will be selected as recipients of the awards.
Solis was a nationally recognized philanthropist and public health leader, renown for her efforts and passionate advocacy on behalf of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Her career revolved around making health care available to all and bringing compassion to the justice system. She was dedicated to building healthy communities by developing public health policies supported by principles of economic, environmental and racial justice.
“Dr. Solis was an advocate and leader in advancing women’s issues,” a spokesperson said. “Her academic work at UCLA and other institutions of higher education focused on women’s health policies. She had published articles and books on the subject. She was guided and counseled an array of organizations, such as Women’s Policy Institute, which aimed to enhance empowerment of young women in overlooked communities and environments. She took on leadership and mentoring roles in conducting ‘sisterhood’ camps across California, designed to provide leadership skills to young girls.
“Beyond her work for the people of this state, Dr. Solis was a valuable resource for this city,” the statement continued. “Her many contributions included her volunteer work on various advisory committees as well as the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, a crucial source of fundraising for the local school district.”
Solis raised two sons who attended Monterey Hills Elementary, South Pasadena Middle School and graduated from SPHS.
Students may apply for the scholarship by completing an application and submitting it by April 9. Questions and completed applications may be submitted by email to scholarships-sphsaa@sphsaa.org.
Gifts for this multi-year endowment may be made to InnerCity Struggle, 3467 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, 90023, with a notation on the payment of #BeaStrong Fund.