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May 21, 2013 > South Bay Chinese Service Club's Scholarship Luncheon

South Bay Chinese Service Club's Scholarship Luncheon

Submitted By Joe Woo, SBCSC Scholarship Chairman

On April 20, the South Bay Chinese Service Club (SBCSC) awarded $12,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent at the 44th annual SBCSC Scholarship Luncheon held at the Hilton, Newark/Fremont. Club President Steve Cho greeted the graduates and praised them for their outstanding academic records and participation in community activities. Honored guests included, California State Senator Ellen Corbett staff member Jack Bastida, Shaun Wilson from the office of Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Fremont City Councilmember Suzanne Chan, Fremont School Board Member Lily Mei, Fremont Chamber of Commerce Director of Government and Community Affairs Nina Moore, and Citizens for Better Community (CBC) President Ivy Wu.

Graduating students and their parents were addressed by keynote speaker, Dr. Victoria Jew. Dr. Jew was a graduate of Mission San Jose High School and a past SBCSC scholarship recipient. She attended Stanford University, earning her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. As a graduate student, she won a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship.

Dr. Jew works in R&D for Cordis Corporation, a Johnson and Johnson company, where she has developed devices to treat cardiovascular disease in anatomies, the neurovasculature, and the heart.

In her speech, Dr. Jew shared with the students her trials and tribulations as a graduate student at Stanford University and as a young engineer in a large corporation. She urged the students to persevere, to continue to learn at every opportunity, and to be open minded to new opportunities. Her speech was very thought provoking and she served as a great inspiration to the award winners.

Joe Woo, SBCSC Scholarship Chairman, pointed out that the 21 scholarship applicants from the Tri-Cities area are an impressive group of scholars representing five high schools. Their average GPA is 3.9 and they have taken a total of 168 AP classes and college level classes and 115 honors classes. Together they have donated over 9,200 community service hours with two students receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award. In this group, there are 5 National Merit Finalists, 16 AP Scholars, and five students with perfect unweighted 4.0 GPA's. The students are also officers and members of a number of school clubs and in student government.

The 2013 SBCSC Scholarship Recipients are:

$2,000 Scholarship Recipients:
Margaret Shen, Mission San Jose High School - Howard Tom Award for Top Honors
Shanel Xian, Irvington High School - Karl Ngan Award for Leadership

$1,000 Scholarship Recipients:
Jennifer Au, James Logan High School - CBC Award for Community Service
Kevin Chen, Mission San Jose High School - York Gin Memorial Scholarship
Josh Lin, Irvington High School - Joe Jang Memorial Scholarship

$500 Scholarship Recipients:
John Wong, James Logan High School - Best Essay (additional $500 Scholarship) Katherine Chang, Mission San Jose High School
Ivonnie Shih, Mission San Jose High School
Sophia Chan, Irvington High School
Julian Shen, Mission San Jose High School
Vivian Tian, American High School
Joie Lin, Irvington High School
Rachel Lee, Mission San Jose High School
Catherine Siu, Chinese Christian School

At the Award Luncheon, the scholarship award recipients also received congratulatory letters and Certificates of Achievements issued by U.S. Congressman Rep. Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell, State Senator Ellen Corbett, State Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

Scholarship information is available on the Club's website:

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