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Christopher Mark Pitkin Memorial Scholarship

Twenty-Fifth Annual Awards – 2023

This scholarship fund has been created to honor the memory of Chris Pitkin, health policy consultant and advocate, a leader in the hemophilia community, former president of the Foundation, and a beloved friend of many. Chris was known for his clear-headed ability to set goals and priorities and to pursue them to attainment.

Many of those who knew him experienced his encouragement to set their own goals, move forward, and further develop their own potential. In keeping with his beliefs and his actions, this scholarship will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate these principles of goal-orientation and motivation. Awards of the scholarship will be based primarily upon the applicant’s statements of goals and intentions as well as extracurricular involvement within his or her community. In keeping with Chris’s love of “bullet points,” our application process is brief. Complete the application and submit no later than Monday, June 5, 2023, 11:59PM.

Keep it simple: focus on the most important information so that additional materials are unnecessary.


    • Must be a person with a bleeding disorder OR must have an immediate family member with a bleeding disorder; however, priority will be given to those with bleeding disorders.
    • Must be accepted into an educational/vocational institution and able to provide proof of enrollment.
    • Must be a resident of, or have permanent address in, one of the following Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Kern, Inyo and Santa Barbara.


  • Demonstrates principles of goal-orientation and motivation through thought-out statements of goals and intentions.
  • Priority given to applicants who are actively involved with HFSC as a community member participant or volunteer.
  • Priority given to those with a bleeding disorder diagnosis.
  • Priority given to first-time applicants.
  • A perfect GPA or extensive extracurricular activities are not necessary for applicants to be considered for the scholarship as we acknowledge that living with a bleeding disorder can be challenging.

AWARD AMOUNT: $250-$1000


Completed Application, including:

    • Application form (signed)
    • Resume and/or list of current activities, clubs, honors, awards, volunteer work
    • Two letters of recommendation (teacher, guidance counselor, employer, etc.); please be sure to get updated recommendations for 2023
    • Transcript(s) (unofficial is acceptable)
    • Evidence of acceptance and/or enrollment at educational/vocational institution
    • Short Bio and Photo for use in HFSC newsletter and website if awarded scholarship
    • Application with all required materials must be submitted no later than June 5, 2023