Gretta Ayoub Casalnuovo Memorial Scholarship Fund Application

Gretta Ayoub Casalnuovo had a passion for helping others. She earned her Master of Social Work degree at the USC School of Social Work in 1999. She then spent the rest of her career as a therapist at Foothill Family, rising to the level of Director of the Full Service Partnership.

Her passion for helping others continued while working at Foothill Family, where she not only assisted those in the community that needed support but was also a mentor to graduate student interns, helping them to develop their potential as clinical professionals. She was particularly drawn to those who demonstrated empathy and compassion. In 2008, Gretta received the Distinguished Field Instructor Award from USC for her outstanding work in the area of Clinical Field Instruction.

The Gretta Ayoub Casalnuovo Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the memory of Gretta Ayoub Casalnuovo. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to qualified MSW interns to assist these graduate students as they develop their skills in the field of social work. 

CRITERIA for applicants/recipients:


  1. Must be a graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) program, either first  or second year, and be recommended by their school for a practicum with Foothill Family.
  2. Must complete this application, submit the three supporting statements listed below, request transcripts be sent to Foothill Family directly from your school, and submit two letters of recommendation.
  3. Must successfully complete a field placement with Foothill Family (duration to be determined by recipient’s school).

Application DEADLINES:


  1. This application with (3) supporting statements must be uploaded and submitted online by October 31, 2023.
  2. Supporting documents from external sources (transcripts, letters of recommendation) must be received by October 31, 2023.

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PERSONAL Information: (* indicates required field)
I am currently enrolled as a graduate student at the following college or university in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program.
REQUIRED supporting statements:

1. Please upload a statement of financial need indicating how the scholarship will benefit you financially and why you are applying for the scholarship. (The length of this essay should be no more than 500 words and it must be a PDF file.)

Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.
2. Please upload a list of your significant accomplishments (academic, employment, professional and community achievements, as well as honors and awards), such as a resume or CV. (It must be a PDF file.)
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.
3. Please submit a statement explaining your commitment to the profession, your goals for the future, and what you hope to accomplish in your work as a graduate student intern at Foothill Family. (The length of this essay should be no more than 500 words, and it must be a PDF file.)
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB.

Please arrange to have your transcripts and letters of recommendation sent to:

Foothill Family

Attn: The Gretta Fund

897 Granite Drive

Pasadena, CA 91101


I have completed the application honestly, and it is true to the best of my knowledge. The Scholarship Committee has my permission to contact my references as needed with regard to any questions that may arise as to my stated experiences and/or to clarify facts stated in this application.

I give permission to officials of my institution to release transcripts of my academic record and other information requested for consideration in the Gretta Ayoub Casalnuovo Memorial Scholarship program.

I fully understand that any misrepresentation of the information contained in this application may revoke my rights to the award.

I understand that my application will not be considered if my supporting documents have not been received by Foothill Family by the indicated deadline.

I understand that my completed application will be viewed by qualified people who need to see it in the course of their duties.

I understand that I must pass a background check, which includes: fingerprinting, driving record review, and positive reference. I waive the right to access letters of recommendation written on my behalf.

I have read and understand the conditions of the Gretta Ayoub Casalnuovo Memorial Scholarship as explained in the application.

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To make a donation in support of the Gretta Ayoub Casalnuovo Memorial Scholarship Fund, click here.

Questions? Please contact the Development Department at or (626) 993-3636.