From left to right; Mark Leavens, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association Executive Vice President; Trinity Dela Cruz, 2024 ROSE Scholar; Jasmine Sov, 2024 ROSE Scholar; Carolina Castillejos, 2024 ROSE Scholar; Andrea Ibarra, 2024 ROSE Scholar; Lauren Gray, 2024 ROSE Scholar; Eloheem Mahone, 2024 ROSE Scholar; Dr. Helen Hill, Pasadena Unified School District Chief Academic Officer; David Brager, Citizens Business Bank President and CEO. (not pictured: Worthy Teems and Alique Tufenkjian)


PASADENA, Calif. (April 4, 2024) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association has selected eight high school seniors as the 2024 ROSE Scholars. This year, the program awarded $20,000 in scholarships to eight graduating seniors from the Pasadena Unified School District. To date, the program has awarded $80,000 to PUSD seniors. ROSE Scholars presented by Citizens Business Bank is designed to help students in our community thrive and foster their potential.

2024 ROSE Scholars

Carolina Castillejos

Rose City High School

Eloheem Mahone

John Muir High School

Trinity Dela Cruz

Marshall Fundamental Secondary School

Jasmine Sov

Pasadena High School

Lauren Gray

John Muir High School

Worthy Teems

Marshall Fundamental Secondary School

Andrea Ibarra

Pasadena High School

Alique Tufenkjian

Marshall Fundamental Secondary School


For more information about the students, read their bios HERE.

In the application process, students were encouraged to showcase their future dreams, goals and aspirations through a creative piece. Additionally, they were required to submit a one-page reflection elucidating their thoughts and emotions regarding their creation, along with still images and a video recording detailing their inspiration. Rather than including a minimum GPA, applicants were tasked with obtaining a recommendation from a teacher, coach, counselor or community member.

David A. Brager, the President and CEO of Citizens Business Bank, shared his excitement for the 2024 Rose Scholars program, which offers scholarships to local students within the Pasadena Unified School District. He commended the fruitful collaboration with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, recognizing its significant contribution to education and community enhancement. Brager’s dedication to education and fostering opportunities for local students is evident through the generous support provided by Citizens Business Bank.

“At the Tournament of Roses, we embrace creativity, and the 2024 Rose Scholars represent that notion,” remarked Ed Morales, President of the 2025 Tournament of Roses. “We are delighted to honor these students and empower them through scholarships to pursue their dreams. Our heartfelt gratitude to David Brager and Citizens Business Bank for their partnership, enabling the Tournament of Roses Association to uplift these remarkable young individuals.”

The Association and the Tournament of Roses Foundation are focused on positively impacting the Pasadena community with charitable giving, volunteerism and community involvement. As part of this work, the Association has partnered with Citizens Business Bank for ROSE Scholars and other signature community programs.