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December 7, 2016  | 2 min read

Since its founding in 1958, Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) has diligently dedicated nearly six decades to raising scholarship funds for students.

Founded by Pepperdine first lady Helen Young in an effort to form a women’s group to support Pepperdine College, AWP has become famously known for serving pies and coffee late in the evenings during the week of Pepperdine Bible Lectures each spring, with all the proceeds going directly to funding student scholarships.

AWP members - Pepperdine University AWP members at the 1963-1964 annual conference at President Norvel Young’s home on the Los Angeles campus.

The tradition began in the mid-1980s, when former Church Relations director Jerry Rushford combined his great love for pie with his night owl tendencies. He suggested that AWP members serve homemade pies to lecture attendees immediately following the late-night sessions, providing the community with the opportunity to visit old classmates and colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

More than three decades later, hundreds of guests continue to gather at Waves Cafe during Pepperdine Bible Lectures to enjoy the delicious pastries with friends and family.

This holiday season, you can share these delicious pie recipes from your family at Pepperdine with your family at home.

From the A Woman’s Paradise of Recipes cookbook

Vanilla Pecan Pie

3 eggs, beaten

1⁄2 cup light brown sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

3 tablespoons butter

1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

1 tablespoon flour

1 nine-inch (9") unbaked pie shell

Pecan halves (for topping)

Combine eggs, brown sugar, and corn syrup. In a separate bowl, melt butter and add vanilla. Mix all ingredients together. Blend chopped pecans with flour and stir into the mixture. Pour into a nine-inch, pastry-lined pie plate. Place pecan halves over top. Bake in a 375-degree, preheated oven for 40 minutes or until firm. Garnish with whipped cream.

Apple Pie Goody

1 can apple pie filling

2 tablespoons flour

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and pour into a large baking dish.


3⁄4 cup brown sugar

3⁄4 cup oats

3⁄4 cup flour

1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda

1⁄2 cup melted butter

Combine all ingredients. Mix and crumble over top of apples. Bake in 350-degree, preheated oven until bubbly and brown (approximately 30 to 40 minutes).