Our History and Mission
In 1951 William E. Nassour and Eddy D. Field founded the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation to help exceptional students gain the benefits of a private college education regardless of their background or financial circumstance.
Nassour and Field concentrated their efforts on private institutions because they believed that the one-on-one mentoring and leadership training possible in a smaller college setting would be more empowering for these students, many of whom came from underserved communities, and were often the first in their families to earn a college degree.
For seven decades this has been the formula for success for thousands of LAPF scholarship recipients who have received more than $14 million from our Angeles Fund endowment.
Today, our mission continues as we support students who have a financial need, but have also demonstrated consistent academic achievement, personal initiative, and a heart for community service: qualities embodied in the American character and reflective of LAPF’s founding principles.