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November 8, 2011 > Special Life Events: Local high school graduate given prestigious award

Special Life Events: Local high school graduate given prestigious award

Submitted By Sofiya Cabalquinto

Lucy Liu of Fremont, CA, a junior at Wellesley College, has been awarded a Katharine Malone Prize for Academic Excellence, the most prestigious academic award a Wellesley student can receive.

The Malone Prizes were established in 1985 by alumna Claudine Malone '63 in honor of her mother, Katharine Malone. Prizes are given each year to honor students who have successfully combined academic excellence in the previous school year with a commitment to contributing to the College community.

Three Malone awards are given each year. Liu received the Katharine Malone Sophomore Prize, which requires the recipient to be a full-time Wellesley student in residence for four consecutive semesters with a 3.9 GPA. She will receive $10,000 for this award.

Lucy Liu is daughter of Don Liu and Yaqin Zhou, and says the support of her family was instrumental in helping her realize that she needed to chase her passions. She attended Mission San Jose High School and credits her high school and community for teaching her the values of hard work and dedication when pursuing her dreams.

Liu says she is "honored and grateful" to have received the Malone Sophomore Prize and described how she feels lucky to be a part of the Wellesley Community. She hopes to use the scholarship to help pay for medical school. Liu says she is confident that the Malone Prize will help her realize her dream of becoming a doctor and being able to help others.

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