Scholarship Committee - Betty Chang and Vicky Ho, Committee Co-Chairs; Sybil Kyi, special scholarships; Marion Yuen

posted Sep 8, 2014, 4:24 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Betty Chang and Vicky Ho, Co-Chairs of the 2014 Scholarship Committee appreciate the hard work of their dedicated members- Queenie M. Chee, Grace W. Ching, Linda Duckworth, and Dorothy Mau. Sybil Kyi is the Committee advisor and is responsible for the ACUW Special Scholarship. We especially wish to note the long hours that Linda Duckworth had spent to design and produce our ACUW student certificates for the Scholarship awards and for the History Day awards. These certificate templates will serve ACUW for future years. Some of our five regular scholarship award recipients who could attend, were introduced at our June 7 General Membership meeting. The scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to the following students.

Yui Chi Tiffany Lo, a graduate of Aiea High School, is a sophomore at Boston Univ. She was also our 2012 scholarship recipient. She is majoring in computer Science with a minor in Visual Arts. She hopes to bring her Asian and Hawaii experiences and worldview to create new products and software to improve the quality of life on the technology front.

Bich Diem (Yim) Pham, a girl living in a housing project surrounded by people with difficult lives, aspires to help others who suffered abuse by majoring in criminology and political science, with the hope of improving international human rights and better legislation against human trafficking. A graduate of Kaimuki High School, she has enrolled in many courses at Kapiolani Community College. She volunteers at the Project SHINE in Chinatown tutoring basic English to elderly immigrants. She was chosen for the prestigious 2014 High School Legislative Intern Program. She’ll study Political Science at Corban University.

Xiuju Cooney was adopted as a 3 1/2 year old toddler from Nanjing, China. She is from Kalani High School. Traveling with her adoptive mother who does volunteer work throughout the Far East, has allowed her to see first hand the needs of others in the world. She realized how fortunate she was in being adopted when she visited an orphanage in China. She wishes to give back by helping new immigrants through her language skills and education in Asian Studies and Law in the future. She’ll study at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

Jackie C Chan is the son of new immigrants who has witnessed much financial problems like many others. He is proud that he will be the first of his family to attend a college. His love of sports such as cross country, track and field, and swimming has fueled his interest as a sports physician. Like the celebrity movie star, he also has a black belt in kung fu. He is from Roosevelt High School and plans to attend Stanford University majoring in Biochemistry leading to medicine.

Wen Hui Yang was independently selected for both an ACUW Regular Scholarship and the Nancy Wong Yee Scholarship. Before graduating from McKinley High School, she attended schools in Ka’u (Big Island). She intends to pursue double major in Asian Studies with an emphasis on Chinese language and Economics at Simmons College. “My career goal is to work at a non-profit organization that supports people and children in third world countries living in poverty.”

Victor G.Q. Liang of McKinley High School was also selected to receive a Regular Scholarship, but had to decline due to his university’s financial aid limitations. 

57th Hawai’i State Science & Engineering Fair

ACUW awarded two Senior Research Division and two Junior Research Division students each $200, ACUW Certificate and lei for their outstanding projects at the 57th Hawai’i State Science & Engineering Fair.  The Awardees were recognized on April 2, 2014 at the Awards Ceremony at the Hawai’i Convention Center.

This is the 22nd year ACUW awarded these students for their ambitious scientific projects.

Senior Research Division Awardees:

Yu-Ann Chen, Title: Identification Through Text Analysis, Grade 11, Hilo High School, Teacher/Mentor - Dr. Pascale Pinner, Dr. Shawon M. Rahman

Marissa Kwon, Title: A survey of the microbial community in the molasses spill, Grade 10, Hawaii Baptist Academy, Teacher/Mentor - Claire Mitchell, Dr. Robert Bidigare

Junior Division Awardees:

Tryphena Sarah Hsu,  Title: Tidal Turbine Tunnels, Grade 6, Niu Valley Middle School, Teacher-Janet Itano

Priscilla E. Hsu, Title: Correlation Between CMEs and Solar Flares,Grade 8, Niu Valley Middle School, Teacher – Clyde Kobashigawa

ACUW Judges Clara Y. Ching, Ph.D., and Joanne Ebesu, Ph.D., presented each awardee with $200, ACUW Certificate and lei at the HSSEF Award Ceremony on April 2, 2014.  Coordinated by Marion Yuen and Joanna Seto.