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May 20, 2009 > Club presents scholarships

Club presents scholarships

Submitted By Willy Yichoy and Tracy Chan

The South Bay Chinese Service Club recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors of Chinese descent at the 40th annual SBCSC Scholarship Luncheon. President Linette Young praised graduates for their outstanding academic records and community activities. Each applicant was presented with certificates of recognition from Congressman Pete Stark, Senator Ellen Corbett, Assemblyman Alberto Torrico and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

Guest speakers State Senator Leland Yee and former scholarship recipient Sandy Liao advised students to pursue their dreams, challenge themselves, work hard and dare to step out of their comfort zones.

With an average GPA of 3.7, the 34 scholarship applicants represented five Tri-City high schools. Together, they have donated over 8,874 community service hours. In this group, there are 10 National Merit Finalists, 16 AP Scholars, and three students with unweighted 4.0 GPAs. They are also officers and members of a number of school clubs and in student government.

Raymond Chou of Mission San Jose High School received the $2,000 Howard Tom Award for Top Honor. Jessica Tse, also from Mission, won the $2,000 Citizen for Better Community Award for Community Service. Valerie Kosiadi of American High School earned the $1,500 Karl Ngan Award for Leadership.

Additional scholarship recipients were: Leo Kao, American; Laurence Ku, Mission; David Lau, Irvington High School; Caroline Liu, American; Jeanette Su, Mission; Huizhen Zhai, American - Best Essay; Xu Linda Dong, Irvington; Emily Low, James Logan High School.

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