Justice Pauline Hanson Scholarship

Scholarship Application

As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established a Scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by women law students. Justice Hanson was the first woman appointee to the Fresno County Superior Court and the first woman appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Always deeply concerned about legal and human issues, she adhered to a high standard for intellectual rigor and integrity which remains a rich legacy to women who follow her in legal careers. During her career as lawyer, judge, wife, mother and community activist, Justice Hanson made many friends and became a role model for women of varied backgrounds and aspirations. Her kind, open, and unpretentious manner endeared her to all whose paths crossed her own. She died August 19, 1989. The Hanson Scholarship is an annual award to be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year. The scholarship amount is $2000.


Scholarship Recipients

2021 Armida Mendoza

2022 Karen Lopez-Peña


How to Donate to the Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Please make your check out to Central Valley Community Foundation and reference the fund name, Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Memorial Scholarship Fund, in the memo.  Checks can be mailed to:


Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez
Director of Donor Services
Central Valley Community Foundation
1260 Fulton Street, Suite 200, Fresno, CA 93721

You can also make online donations through CVCF’s website.

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