Han Scholarship Essays

2008 APIASF Scholarship Recipient Profiles

2007 APIASF Scholarship Awardee Profiles
The following are profiles received from 2008 scholarship recipients.

First, I would like to thank Mr. Robert Underwood, Mr. Ted Y. Mashima, Ms. Bindi Patel, and everyone at the Asian and Pacific Islander and American Scholarship Fund for choosing me as one of the scholarship recipients. Thank you all very much.

I am a college bound student with many goals. One of those goals is to someday become a Pediatrician that specializes in neonatal care. With that in mind, I not only want to focus in the success of my life, but the benefits it will give me to help others in need. The reason being, I feel that my life will not be complete without me sharing my knowledge and my love for caring of others, with those who are less fortunate than I am. Regardless their circumstances, I want to help people everywhere, especially children who are in need of medical care, shed some light, reassurance, and aid in giving the chance of a healthy and happy fulfilling life.

On April 28, it was my little brother's ninth birthday and on that very same day I received a letter from the APIASF, concerning that I am one of the scholarship recipients. I have never ran so fast, but that day Isprinted to my mom and siblings and told them the news. We are so greatful and thankful to the APIASF organization. Organizations such as the APIASF, gives many opportunities to scholars and I have been given that same opportunity and receiving a scholarship.

College is in August and I will be studying Pre-Med. I am looking forward to pursuing my dreams and a successful future ahead. Once again, thank you so much APIASF.

N. Cathy Abidin
Sebastian, FL

When I received my acceptance letters in March, one of the questions that came to my mind was "How am I going to pay for all of this?". Of course, I was happy to get accepted to these different colleges because I realized that it was an accomplishment, something I achieved with my hard work and endless effort. Coming from a low income family with my mother as the sole provider, the financial aspect of attending college was the most prominent.

I was always encouraged to search for scholarships and it wasn't until January of 2007 that I came upon the APIASF scholarship. I clicked away until I reached the application. There was finally one scholarship that included `Pakistani' as an Asian that I was eligible to apply for. I filled out the application, asked for a letter of recommendation from one of my best teachers, and wrote the 3 essays required. I mailed the scholarship application in and awaited any response.

A couple of months later, I received acknowledgment that I was selected to move on to the second phase of the competition which made me ecstatic. I sent in the required documents and awaited any final responses. It was at the end of April when I received a letter saying that I was the APIASF scholarship recipient for the 2007-2008 school year. The day I received the letter in the mail, I showed it to my mom and she repeatedly said "Open it! Open it! Open it!". When I opened it and showed it to her, she was literally jumping for joy. She told me how proud and happy she was that I was awarded this scholarship. I was extremely happy and in awe when I actually read the letter. I am ever so grateful to APIASF and its sponsors for awarding me this scholarship. It will help me pay for my cost of attendance at University of California Irvine, better known as UCI. Two thousand dollars will definitely help me with fees I have to pay and will also prevent my parents from taking out loans to pay for my education.

My proposed major at UCI is Undecided. I am not quite sure what I would like to major in but the fields of Medicine and Psychology interest me. My career goal consists of attending a four year university and continuing my education until I get a masters or doctoral degree. I just want to be content with whatever profession I choose to pursue. I also want to make something out of myself so I don't struggle with the minute things that my parents are dealing with today.

Once again, thank you so much! I am very proud and honored to be selected as an APIASF scholarship recipient

Alishba Aleem
Carson, CA

I will be attending the University of Washington in Seattle.

I was born on February 8, 1989 in Seattle, Washington. I have two siblings, an older sister who is twenty and a younger brother who is fifteen. When I was eleven years old, my father died on June 18, 2000, which happened to be Father's Day. Diagnosed with diabetes, he had other complications including damage to his liver, pancreas, heart, and eyesight. He even underwent dialysis in our home every other day. He was in and out of the hospital for three years in which his life was filled with endless suffering. Since his death, my mother has been struggling to put my siblings and me through school as she assumes both roles of mother and father. It has been exceptionally difficult considering my brother is in high school and my sister is in college, which I will also be in the next school year.

I have high expectations for myself when it comes to educational and career goals. I would like to get around the same grades in college through hard work, determination, and motivation. Furthermore, I would like to get my Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing before going to medical school to become a Pediatrician. I know that going into the medical field requires many years of schooling, and one of my educational goals is to complete those years. I have always liked kids and have always wanted to be a doctor so I figured that being a Pediatrician would fulfill both my interests. Taking up a career that encompasses what I enjoy would make my career as a Pediatrician much more enjoyable to me.

The scholarship aid that I seek from the Kelly Foundation will help in realizing my goals. The Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship will help pay for my college education so that I can complete my schooling and start my career. This scholarship will help reduce the cost of my tuition that my mother has to pay. College now-a-days is expensive and income flow of money is limited so this scholarship will help me obtain my education and reach my goals.

When my family and I found out that I had won the APIASF scholarship, we were overjoyed. My mother was so proud because it meant fewer expenses. Throughout the school year, she and I looked for opportunities in which we can receive scholarships or financial aid to help pay for college. Fortunately, we stumbled across APIASF. Truthfully, I was a little reluctant on filling out the application form because I thought it was a rare chance that I would even win the scholarship. However, that is definitely not the case. I am completely honored to be a recipient of this scholarship. Thank you so much APIASF and all your generous supporters for giving me the opportunity to earn a university education. My family and I will not have to be so preoccupied about where to find the extra money because this scholarship fun will help us tremendously. I greatly appreciate your kindness and am thankful that I was awarded this wonderful scholarship.

Marites Bautista
Renton, WA

My name is Cecilia Burns, and will be a freshman in college. I plan to go into the major of modern languages and hopefully pursue a career in linguistics, interpreting, and being able to travel the world. When I found out i had received the APIASF scholarship, I WAS ECSTATIC!!! I mean I haven't been awarded any other scholarships and I applied for over 40 of them. So I was SO surprised and i felt very honored. I plan on attending Wright State University this fall, but prior to the fall I will be taking a few classes this summer to get a jump start on the long journey ahead of me. My families reaction was the same as mine, they couldn't believe it. The APIASF scholarship will help me pursue my goals in more ways than one, they will help me alleviate the economic stress that comes when trying to juggle work, school, and paying tuition, and it has given me even more motivation to go and seek my goals, and be the best i can be. I don't think that the APIASF foundation and staff members will ever know how grateful i am of their generous contribution. So i would like to thank them personally- it has truly been an honor. Thanks Again, for choosing me for this SPECTACULAR opportunity.

Cecilia Burns
Saint Paris, OH

In the fall of 2007, I will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. I plan on studying Political Science, earning my Bachelor of Arts degree, and possibly going to law school afterwards. Politics and Government has been a large interest for me for quite some time now, and I want to make a difference in my community and my country. My hope is to become a prestigious lawyer, and to one day serve as one of our country's Supreme Court Justices. I know this goal seems quite far out there, but people always say to dream big, so why not?

The scholarship that has been offered to me through the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund is an absolute blessing to me and my family. I was on a trip for my band program performing in San Antonio for Choice Music Events when I received the phone call from my mother. There I was in the middle of Fiesta Texas, and I hear my mother's ecstatic voice as she tells me that I just received a scholarship. My heart leapt with joy as I listened to those words. My family and I are extremely grateful for this opportunity that the APIASF has provided me. College is getting more and more expensive each year, and every scholarship that is offered to a student is gladly accepted. I was absolutely overjoyed when my mother told me the great news, because I have seven more years of school left to go if I choose to attend law school. A constant worry and concern for me is how to pay for all of it.

Words cannot express how truly thankful I am for APIASF and all of its generous sponsors. I thank God for all of its supporters, as they have been a blessing to not just me, but other students in years past as well. Thank you for everything APIASF, and God Bless!

Lindsey Campbell
Rowlett, TX

I extend my sincerest gratitude to the APIASF and its generous sponsors. Thank you for this prestigious honor. My parents were ecstatic when they learned of the scholarship, and I was overjoyed as well.

Regarding college and beyond, I have my sights set on a medical profession. This may seem unexpected, given that a large part of my accomplishments to date are language-related, but it should not be. Samuel Johnson said, "Language is the instrument of the sciences." Words cover all disciplines. Perhaps actions speak louder than words, but words are far more articulate.

I intend to study electrical engineering while also enhancing my degree plan with science classes necessary for medical school preparation. I wish to pursue this course of study because I have always been fascinated by the intricacies of nature in its myriad aspects. I wish to study engineering because it involves the practical application of science to humanity's needs. I believe that engineering is what distinguishes humans from other living creatures: while other species merely blend in with their surroundings, as an engineer I can harness natural forces and create things not found in nature. This tendency has, and will continue to have, an enormous impact on the environment; it is why engineering is fundamentally important to every living thing. I chose electrical engineering because I have noticed people who have advanced degrees in research science and $400,000 worth of lab equipment, but if one of those devices experiences a simple glitch, such as a fuse blowing, they have no idea what happened or how to fix it. Sure, they could call a rep from the company, but while they are waiting, valuable time is being lost. Sensitive specimens could be decaying beyond use.

With the help of the APIASF Scholarship, I will be able to do more volunteer work for my community rather than working just to make money to put myself through college. Now I can focus more on learning and less on course fees. I might even be able to take classes that are not required but interest me; thus I can gain multidisciplinary expertise. I am infinitely grateful to you.

Sylvia Carroll
El Paso, TX

I was eight years old, a year after my father passed away, when I came alone from Hong Kong to San Francisco to establish my new life. I am now 18 years old and about to go to University of California, Los Angeles. For ten years, my mother has worked hard in China to support my sister and my grandmother, who are in China and I in America. The afternoon that I received the letter from APIASF to notify me about being the scholarship recipient from 2007-2008 must have been one of the best days of my life. I wondered if this was true. I wondered how I might have differed from the other applicants. I wondered how much this would help my mother. Immediately, I used a phone card to call her, despite the fact that it was two in the morning on the other side of the world. When she picked up, I ran through my words saying, " I know you are sleeping right now, but this is emergency, I just got a scholarship!" She screamed for joy while repeating, " good for you, good for you!" I love telling her these good news because I know in her mind she is thinking all her hard work is worth it.

In a few months, I will be going to college, UCLA. I have planned on studying double major in business and advertising design. I look forward to studying abroad as well, hopefully in Japan, where my father was from. I have studied Japanese in high school for three years, and I hope I can put it in good use. My mind is filled with goals that I want to achieve in the future, including studying in Beijing to improve my Chinese and going on missionary trips to third world countries. I am definitely aiming to travel to many places. Yet I will put all these experiences into my future career, and that is why I want to open an advertising design company, my way of expressing to the world.

I am determined to work hard because my mother has sacrificed so much for me. I am the first generation or even the first child in my family to be fortunate enough to come to America and go to college in America. But this would not be possible without the helping hands around me, including my guardians who took in me in, and my teachers and friends who helped me with my obstacles. Now I am going to college and APIASF has build a strong foundation for me. I can't express how grateful I am for the sponsors of this program. You have made a great difference in not only my life but my family's as well. I want to thank you for helping my mother. And on behave of my family, I want to thank you for being so generous.

Elisha Chan
San Francisco, CA

When my family and I found out that I had won the APIASF scholarship, we were thrilled!

This was an amazing opportunity for me and also made me realize the importance of dedication to education. With this generous scholarship, I will be able to pursue my Astrophysics major at Rice University. So that one day I may be able to work at NASA.

I sincerely wish to express my gratitude and thanks for the generosity that APIASF and its sponsors have provided me. It is a genuine honor to have been chosen as an APIASF scholarship recipient.

Ginnie Chan
Cypress, TX

When I first applied for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship, I never dreamed that I would be one of its recipients. This scholarship was one of the most competitive scholarships in the nation. When April came along, I received a pleasant surprise in the mail: an APIASF scholarship! It wasn't a full ride, but two thousand dollars goes a long way when it comes to the high cost of college tuition. Two thousand dollars could cover the cost of books, supplies and travel. For me, it would help reduce the amount of loans I would have to pay next year. I was ecstatic!

In the fall, I will be attending Cornell University to study international agriculture and rural development. I hope to be able to help people in the world who are less fortunate than those in the United States. I want to learn about the outside world and its people. In addition, I hope to double major in applied economics as well to supplement my studies in international agriculture. Using the skills that I will learn, I plan to travel the world in the future and help those who are in need. I hope to be an economist one day and join the Peace Corps. This scholarship will help me meet those goals. By being able to focus on my education and not on the amount of money that education will cost, I know that I can succeed in making a difference in the world.

I am truly grateful to everyone at APIASF and all its generous sponsors. Because of their commitment to the Asian community and its education, many aspiring students, like me, will be able to afford a college education. They will be able to follow their dreams, their passions and their interests. Most importantly, they will be able to make a difference in the world today. By showing their dedication to continuing education, APIASF has ensured us a bright future. Thank you, APIASF!

Melissa Chan
South Cairo, NY

To start, I am stunned with excitement and overwhelmed with gratitude for Robert Underwood, Ted Y. Mashima, and Bindi Patel. I would also like to shake the hands of all of the people that make the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund function, their families, and their vision in making it easier for students to follow their dreams and not get boggled down by the expenses of college costs. Music has been a very important influence in my life through it I have frown and found a love and a passion. I am eager to begin further education in music, and will be studying to become a major in Jazz Studies, along with performance degrees for Sting Bass, and Bass Trombone. I just want to keep playing and let the sounds lead the way. I have a lot of dreams about what I want to do and where I want to go in the future, like travel to Spain for a year and study abroad to learn the language, experience the culture, and play flamenco guitar. It is so hard to choose a specific career choice because there are so many possibilities in the wonderful realm on music, but I am definitely leading towards a possible career as a musical therapist, or a studio musician. My mother was shocked when I told her about the news. She is really proud of me, and is glad to see that I am working hard to get the scholarship money to help me through college. The APIASF fund has taken a lot of weight off of my shoulders and I smile now in a gasp of relief. Thanks to the fund I will be able to focus more of my time directly into my music without always worrying about the bills. School is still going to be tough, but every nickel is important and I am flustered with thanks and appreciation for everyone who helps put organizations like this together. Funds like these are very special and I intend on utilizing this scholarship to help me achieve my dreams.

Joshua Chang
Icline Village, NV

Hello, my name is Andy Chau and I am a current high school senior at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, a mildly populated school in San Francisco, California. Having been born and raised in the city of San Francisco, I am no stranger to the strengths of diversity and community. Although I've encountered countless people from all different backgrounds and cultures thus far into my life, I remain prideful of my own Asian American heritage and culture. Hence, I immediately took the opportunity to apply for the APIASF Scholarship once I was told about it.

Students are often encouraged to apply for scholarships because they will financially assist them in college. The way I see it, a scholarship is more of an investment for one's future. Although money is an important factor in any person's life, goals - specifically career goals, are vital to any college student's future prospects. I am a strong believer that the APIASF Scholarship will go a long way in not only helping me to fund my education, but also to motivate me to work even harder in college. Similarly, my parents were most overjoyed to hear that I had received this truly dignified award. In fact, I take extreme pride in having received this scholarship, for it is recognition from a group I respect most dearly - a group of Asian Americans of whom I can only dream of matching in success. I am positive that the APIASF Scholarship will enable me to reach my goals by allowing me the privilege of a stepping stone to success.

This success is not necessarily monetary; it also describes spiritual success. For as long as I can trace back through my childhood, I have desired to make a difference in the lives of others. This road has for many years, been geared specifically towards the healthcare field. Success in my eyes is discovering a job that one can truly arrive at early each morning, ready and eager to work. Healthcare is no doubt this sense of niche for me. Although I am still considering a variety of different and unique careers, I am positive that my future job will involve the usage and enhancement of the study of biological sciences in order to help people. Whether this road may be through dentistry or optometry, I will be satisfied as long as I will be able to do my part in sustaining the health and prosperity of the human race as a whole. For this reason, my major of undergraduate study will be under the broad spectrum of Molecular & Cellular Biology. In addition to my hopes for an accomplishing career, I would also like to someday experience educating people all over the world about healthcare and become an advocate or even a spokesperson for UNICEF or the Red Cross. Thus, I keep my mind optimistic and hard at work in hopes to ultimately reach my goals in life.

It is with great honor and respect that I accept the APIASF Scholarship. I must thank all of the various sponsors for creating this truly magnificent award and most of all for choosing me as one of the recipients. It is simply something that I take tremendous pride in and I thank all those that are affiliated with APIASF with utmost gratitude.

Andy Chau
San Francisco, CA

Growing up as a first generation Chinese American, the college application and financial aid process was unlike most of my peer's. I lacked the guidance from my parents because they grew up in a completely different society. For the first time, I was dependant on guidance counselors and my sister. Nevertheless, my parents are the backbone of my education and future. Though they could not provide knowledge, their support was through financial stability. My parent's humble work ethics are the key to my educational goals.

Getting into college is one thing, but being able to afford college for four years is something entirely different. In the spring term of my junior year, I joined the OPTIONS Center for Educational & Career Choice a nonprofit program which helps students to apply and make a smooth transition to college. Guided by my counselor's, Sandy Jimenez, assistance, I discovered the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund application. I applied in hopes of easing my family's financial burden. My search for scholarships was my personal way to express my gratitude to my parents. When I received the letter informing me of becoming the 2007- 2008 APIASF scholarship recipient, I was ecstatic to share the news with my family. We gathered around the dinner table overjoyed with my scholarship acceptance. This was two thousand dollars subtracted from my family's financial burden.

In recognition to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, I will attend Stony Brook University next fall in the pursuit of a biology major in a premed direction. In addition, I will take courses in Chinese to improve my understanding of the language. Although I struggle with understanding the Chinese language and culture, it is vital that I connect with what is apart of my parent's identity so that I can understand my own. Through family and media influences, I am aware that thoughts and acts of suicide are a taboo in the Chinese community because suicide is not openly understood. Victims are forced to settle for fear of shock and lack of understanding from family and friends. Furthermore, a language barrier should not delay help for a family. There is an insufficient amount of psychiatrists who are fluent in Mandarin. Therefore, my desire is to master the Chinese language to assist future Chinese families with depression and mental disorders. With the generous aid of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, my hopes of becoming a fluent Chinese speaking psychiatrist is apparent and within reach. Thank you Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and sponsors for supporting some of my college finances and making the future brighter forall.

Lisa Chen
New York, NY

My mom always wanted me to become a doctor. I agreed with her. I wanted to become a pediatrician because I like kids and it would fulfill my mom's dream. That all changed when I found out what I had passion for.

It all started in 7th grade when I joined the Chinatown Beacon Center's Middle School Club. In the Middle School Club, I was able to plan events like the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Halloween Festival for my community. I gained leadership skills and even went from a participant in the program to a program coordinator. In my sophomore year in high school, I joined Adopt an Alleyway Youth Empowerment Project. Through Adopt an Alleyway, I've learned a lot about my history and struggles of my people, I learned how to stand up for what I believe in and advocate for what I think is right. With everything I've learned, I realized what I wanted to do in life, I wanted to help my community, my people.

I plan to major in Political Science because I feel like not many politicians come to my community to campaign, so my community has no political voice. No politicians now want to help fight my community's struggles and do something about it in the legislative sector. My life's goal is to become that person that has the voice that stands up for my community.

I want to thank everyone that made the APIASF possible. Without this scholarship, I wouldn't be able to go off to UC Davis without worrying how would pay for my tuition. I would also like to thank my mom, Alison Satake, Tiffany Vuong, Ben Wong, Jane Kim, Rosa Wong-Chie, Tim Ho, and everyone else for Adopt an Alleyway and the Chinatown Beacon Center. Without you guys, I wouldn't be able to make it! Big Big thanks to everyone again, the impact that you had made in my life will never be forgotten.

Queena Chen
San Francisco, CA

With the increasing cost of living and financial circumstances, I didn't know what I was going to do if I still wanted to continue my education through college. Ever since a few years ago, my mind set for attending college was unbreakably strong. I wanted to attend college because I wanted to further pursue a higher level of education, not because I'm following everybody else and not because my family told me to.

My ultimate career goal is to become an orthopedic doctor specializing in pediatrics. Several things contributed to this decision. One, I fractured my wrist several times in a few years, forcing me to go back to these doctors. Second, my initial decision was to just become a pediatrician. The thought of x-rays and bones really fascinated me so I took a step further to alter my career path specify my field. It is important to me because this is the type of job I will love to do everyday for the rest of my life. From all of the service I've given throughout my life, I've developed into a person who loves to give service to the community. I received a lot of help from various people through my hardships and I would like to help other people as well. But before I can start treating people, I need to accomplish college. At UC Berkeley, I plan to major in Molecular and Cell Biology to fulfill medical school requirements through their program.

APIASF will assist me in some of the financial situations that will certainly occur throughout all my educational life. With college and medical school in my path, there is no doubt I will be in debt by the time I finally receive my medical degree. I am very grateful to the APIASF sponsors for helping me continue my educational goals and assisting me in reaching my career goals.

When my parents discovered I won the scholarship, they were the typical Chinese parents who had an unanimated reaction. I knew, however, that just by the look in their face, they were proud of me. I also knew they appreciated organizations, such as the APIASF, for giving the chance to people in the real world to pursue a higher level of education. When I found out, I was surprised that such an award can be reality for a normal person like me. I am very fortunate to be a recipient of a scholarship specifically helping a distinct group of people. Again, I can't express how grateful I am to the APIASF sponsors for strengthening my hopes for reaching my ultimate goal.

Stanley Cheng
S. San Francisco, CA

I have given many thoughts in deciding my future. My major is to become a Pharmacist or a Doctor. I am thinking about finally making a decision by deciding on the courses I have enjoyed that will help me in my major. My career goal is to go to college and then go to medical school. I hope to get married and also keep a high grade point average during college. I was so happy when I found out that I had won this scholarship because I haven't received any others scholarship so far. My parents were also glad when they heard about me winning this scholarship and they hope that I can get other scholarships as well. This scholarship will help pay my tuition so I can focus on my education. I also hope that tuition won't become a barrier for me in completing my education. I want to say, "Thank you for giving me this scholarship. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you once again. May God bless and help you to have enough funding to support education. I know that college tuition goes up every year and some people can't afford to go to college. I thank you so much once again for giving me this scholarship. Now, I can accomplish my goal. Thank you."

Boney Cherian
Yukon, OK

Within the next several years, I hope to develop the skills that are necessary to succeed in the work force. I plan to go to Ohio State University and study in the field of Electrical Engineering; which will lead to obtaining a good stable job within the work force. After I acquire a stable job, I will most likely be motivated to start a family and develop a good financial standing within the community. These goals that I have set for myself has due to the influences within my life. My father did not graduate from high school and has always pushed me in the direction of education showing me what will become of me if I did not get a good education in my life; which has influenced me into obtaining a good education. Going to Ohio State University is due to the fact that the school offers a good program for my major and I have relatives that have graduated from this University and I have witnessed the positive outcome of this school. The field of Electrical Engineering came from the influence of my uncle, who is an Electrical Engineer. When I was little, my uncle had already started to teach me about electronics and computers; and in doing so he stirred up and this interest within me. Finally my influence for developing a family is because I have witnessed all of the positive outcomes that have come from this and I wish that this positive variable will also be within my future.

When my family and I found out that I was a recipient for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship, we were jumping with joy. This scholarship will be a great help when it comes to financing me through college and in turn I would like to thank the APIASF for their generous sponsorship. Without this scholarship, it would have been extremely difficult to pay for my college education, but with the support of APIASF, my future is much brighter and the stress of college has gone down immensely. Once again I would like to the APIASF for this scholarship.

Eric Cheung
Wickliffe, OH

As a Regents Scholar at the University of California Irvine, I will double major in Psychology and Biology, directing my paths towards graduate school and attaining a career in occupational therapy. Occupational therapy necessitates a comprehensive knowledge in the field of physiology and psychology, since an occupational therapist deals with the physical needs of a patient as well as the emotional, communicational requirements. I hope that as an occupational therapist, I will be able to not only rehabilitate the handicapped and ill, but also bring meaning into their lives by enabling them to independently accomplish the tasks they desire to accomplish and single-handedly reach those goals they want to reach.

Since I will be attending post-secondary school for at least six years to obtain a Bachelor's and Master's degree, I will need a lot of money to help me through these final years of study. My family and I were elated when we found out that I received the APIASF scholarship. With this scholarship, I feel that part of a large financial burden has been lifted off my household. I will be able to save this scholarship for when I attend a prestigious graduate school. Now, I know that there is hope for me to continue on to enter a top school with an Occupational Therapy program without having to worry about monetary issues.

I want to thank APIASF and its generous sponsors for providing me a clear path towards a bright future. By moving any financial problems out of my way, APIASF has greatly eased my journey towards my future endeavors, and this will benefit me for the rest of my life.

Marilyn Chiu
Irvine, CA

My major will be in Human Biology for now as a freshman in college. My career goal is to become a medical doctor, but I have yet to decide a specialty. I will attend college and see which field I would like be involved in. My mother and I were very excited and pleased to see that APIASF Scholarship Fund would choose me to be a scholarship recipient. This scholarship will help pursue my goals by providing me with the funds to attend college and receive and excellent education. I thank APIASF for everything the organization has done for me. We could not thank you enough.

David Choi
Huntington Beach, CA

Have you ever been sparked by a dream that you have always wanted to pursue? That's exactly what happened to me. Early on, I took a major interest in history and astronomy. Now, as a senior at St. Joseph Jr. / Sr. High School, I am planning my future as I prepare to enter college.

The classes that I have been taking over the years are ones that I know will help me achieve my goal. History classes have always been enjoyable and informative. This year, I am taking AP Government. I am also a teaching assistant for the Modern Hawai’ian History class; I have been able to help others attain a great grasp on history.

Science has played a pivotal role in my life. I have been a participant in the Symposium for Science and Sustainability for two years, as well as being an integral member of the Science Bowl team for three years. I am currently taking AP Chemistry.

My other classes include AP English, Spanish IV, Religion, and Applied Graphics. Although I have a very full schedule, I assist my Spanish teacher in the kitchen, serving breakfast to eager students in the mornings. I am also responsible for the raising of the flag in the morning and for its folding and storage at the end of every school day. I am a member of the National Honor Society. Over the past three years I have been the sole recipient for the Cottington Scholarship for Gifted and Talented Students.

After receiving news that I had received the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship, my family and I were extremely excited that I had become a recipient of this prestigious scholarship. I feel honored in receiving this scholarship because with the monies supplied by this scholarship, I will be able to attend college, and I will then be able to pursue my dream of becoming a historian or an astronomer. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and its sponsors for assisting me in my drive to pursue advanced education and my dream profession(s).

To further assist me in achieving my goals I volunteer at `Imiloa Astronomy Center. The experiences that I gain volunteering have allowed me to enhance my astronomy background. By volunteering at `Imiloa as a tour guide, I am able to serve the community by educating them about the field of astronomy and the Hawai’ian culture. Following my graduation from St. Joseph's High School, I will become involved in activities that will benefit the community that I will be residing in upon entering college.

I enjoy listening to music, reading books, following sports, and working with computers. My family and friends have been instrumental in guiding me throughout my life. I realize that the path I will take in life will allow me to gain knowledge and wisdom, and enable me to touch the lives of fellow human beings.

Bruce Chun
Hilo, HI

Tuo che, my Chinese heart thanks you. Cam on, my Vietnamese heart thanks you too. Who would've thought that a girl like me might have the opportunity to go to school in America. Moving from Vietnam to Hong Kong and back to Vietnam in 12 years, never once attending school, this was my path. This is how I came to you. Now, my dreams for the future can come true.

I plan to major in Business. My goals are to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business (International Business)/Entrepreneurship, enjoy a life of broad interests and maintain a close relationship with my family. I would like to develop a business career path that includes the languages that I speak (Chinese, Vietnamese, and English), international travel, interacting with people of diverse cultures, and possibly, law. I would also like to own a business one day.

When I received this scholarship, my mother cried and my father said, "I knew you'd get it." Both of them are very proud of me and feel honored that I received this scholarship. Growing up in a first generation family in the United States and being the first in the household to go to college, places a tremendous amount of pressure on my shoulders. However, when I received this letter, I was relieved. My parents are right about all the possibilities out there for me and everyone else. My parents were surprised that out of so many applicants with better writing skills than me, I was selected to be one of the recipients for this scholarship - I can't believe it either!

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund has given me a sense of belonging to an Asian community that I did not know existed. To be acknowledged by you makes me feel so proud because you believe in me - that I am capable of anything. Thank you for believing in me.

This scholarship will give me the financial freedom to focus on my studies. Currently, I word 20 hours a week and go to school full-time. Without this scholarship, I would have needed a second job just to pay tuition. Again, thank you. This award also serves as additional motivation for me to do well in my studies so I may show you that I am worthy and deserve to reapply for this scholarship every year.

Once again, my parents and I would like to thank the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund for recognize my hard work for the past nine years.

Myanh Diep
Tucson, AZ

I am planning to attend City College this fall and major in Biochemistry. I chose this major because I find the subject of biochemistry to be fascinating. The excitement and challenge of working in a laboratory attracts me to the field. I hope I can discover things and research in areas that can benefit our society. Since I was little, science has been a great interest of mine and I have always wanted to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. The day when my family found out that I had won the APSIAF scholarship, we were all amazed and filled with tears. With the help of this scholarship I will further my education and the money will be used towards my books and tuition fees. The stress of not knowing where the money for college is going to come from can burden an already stressful life transition. That is why the APIASF Scholarship will be such an incredible blessing to me and all the winners. By helping to ease the burden of tuition expenses, I will be better equipped to deal with the other stresses of college life. By helping me to balance the load, I will be more able to pursue the demanding goals that I have set for myself and for my future. Receiving a scholarship will allow me to reduce the number of hours that I work at the local food market, which will then allow me more time to concentrate on my studies. Not only will APIASF lighten the burden of financing college education for all the scholarship winners, but also and more importantly, it recognized the hard work that we, the students, have put into academics and extracurricular activities. This recognition of our efforts motivates us to continue our hard work and allows us to believe that diligence and dedication are always rewarded. Therefore, my thanks to US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and to all who support this wonderful organization and us because the members of this organization have truly made a difference in our lives.

Thinlay Dolma
Brooklyn, NY

When it comes to education, every penny counts and at the same time, every heart counts. It is a relief to know that there are wonderful people who care about tomorrow's leaders.

I remember returning home from school that Thursday and finding the envelope on the table. Seeing that it was from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, or APIASF, I immediately unsealed the envelope. I read the white sheet of paper first and realized that I had been chosen to become a recipient of the APIASF scholarship. Needless to say, I quickly told my parents and they shared my joy as well as my gratitude towards the members of APIASF.

While I cannot express my gratitude in words, I will do my best to convey it through my actions. I will be taking courses that will allow me to major in Physiology as well as minor in Business Management at the University of Arizona. From the beginning, I had worried that I would have to rely on loans in order to pursue my future goals, but now with the help of APIASF and its generous sponsors, I am glad to be relieved of the burden. Because of APIASF, I am a part of today's minds and definitely tomorrow's future.

Jeni Du
Tucson, AZ

When I was a child, my mother inadvertently spurred my interest in the science of chemistry when she bought me a chemistry play set for Christmas.

Mixing the chemicals together and watching their reactions fascinated me. I loved to observe the color changes that the liquids underwent in the test tubes. My interest in chemistry continued to blossom in grade school, where I learned about atoms and their subatomic particles. I was amazed to learn that these atoms joined together to create all matter: my desk, my pencil, and even me. In high school, I finally enrolled in a formal chemistry class. After sitting through the first few days, I fell in love with the subject. All of the labs were very fascinating. As I completed them, I recalled the feelings I felt when I was a child, playing with the chemistry play set. After taking the class, I decided that I wanted to pursue chemistry in college.

Envisioning my future in college was easy. Actually realizing my academic

goals, however, was an entirely different story. With the rising costs of education, student loan interest rates, and room and board rates, I could not help but wonder if I would be able to attain a degree in chemistry from the college of my dreams. Feeling flustered, I decided to search the Internet for scholarships that would help me finance my education. That was when I discovered the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), an amazing organization devoted to the financial scholarship needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

A few months after I sent my application, I arrived home from school to find an APIASF letter on the kitchen counter. I carefully opened the envelope and removed the folded letter inside. "Here goes...," I thought to myself as I unfolded the piece of paper. When I realized that I had won the APIASF scholarship, I was ecstatic. I could not wait to share the good news with my family, especially with my mother. Not only did APIASF put me a step closer in the realization my college goals, the organization also helped relieve my family of the financial burden associated with getting a higher education.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to APIASF and its generous sponsors.

APIASF has rekindled my hope in achieving my higher education dreams, and for that, I am forever thankful. APIASF has had such a positive impact on my life, as well as the lives of many others. Because of APIASF, I can envision myself living my dreams. APIASF is truly an amazing organization!

Ellen Duong
Woonsocket, RI

I was born in South Vietnam, and came here five years ago when I was twelve years old. Next year, I will be attending the University of Houston, majoring in Pharmacy. Now as a high school senior, I am taking advantage of all the educational opportunities that I have had to prepare for college; college will prepare me for my career and my life. My goal is to be a pharmacist in the future and a helpful person to the Asian community. It was really exciting for me to find out that our Asian community has a scholarship for its own. The moment that my whole family learnt that I am the recipient of this special scholarship for Asian, they were very surprised and happy, especially my mom and my dad. My parents had left everything behind in Vietnam to come to this country because of my brothers and me. They want us to have better lives than they are having right now and they always tell us three that education is the most important thing that we need to have in order to get to success. The scholarship that I receive from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund will help me a lot in achieving my dream. It will help me pay the book fees and supplies in college next year. I would like to give special thanks to APIASF and its generous sponsors, the Asian community is very lucky to have these generous and kind-hearted people as sponsors. The APIASF scholarship will help me fulfill my goal in the future; $2000 will make a lot of difference in my life. I also believe that in the future, our Asian community will become even stronger than before.

Ha Duong
Houston, TX

Words cannot describe how fortunate and blessed I am to receive this generous gift from caring people. This gift is more than just tuition money, but further more represents a community that looks after the needs and charity of others. What was more satisfying than my overwhelmed reaction after reading the acceptance scholarship letter, was watching my dad secretly wipe away a tear from his cheek. His relief became my relief, as I understand the financial demands that burden my family. Although I am only a young adult, I have learned to value the worth of money, and relieving the financial pressure from my parents is something I continually strive to reach and accomplish. This scholarship directly affects my future in my path to a strong education, so that one day, I may make a difference in the lives of others, just as the APIASF scholarship has done for me.

I have been surrounded by people who care so much about other people's welfare, that they dedicate their entire lives to earn the trust and responsibility of holding one's life in their hand. As I used to sit beside my father at his hospital bed, dedicated cardiologists would go out of their way to assure that my father lived another day. It is because of these doctors that I am motivated to walk in their shoes, in those hallways, and to be used as a tool in changing the lives of other people. As I volunteer at the veteran's hospital or a Down syndrome clinic, I experience a piece of the joy and satisfaction of a doctor, as the patient smiles after surgery or for the first time feels accepted in this safe environment. I see my purpose and calling in this field, and know that this job will bring out my full potential and joy.

As a first year undergraduate at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA), I anticipate the wondrous opportunities that will shape my career goals and life. Majoring in Human Biology will prepare me in a background of the Sciences and particularly the human body. From here, I plan to graduate and attend medical school, where I will intern and later take my residency. Looking at my future educational path, I see the APIASF scholarship as my first step into a successful future.

As I envision walking across the stage with a diploma in my hand, I will not forget the generosity you have bestowed upon me. There will be many steps in the ladder of my educational timeline, but I will always appreciate how the APIASF scholarship helped me on my first step. For the first step makes every other step easier and more approachable.

Monika Eckold
San Jose, CA

To begin, I would like to personally thank the APIASF scholarship committee for selecting me as one of the many deserving students who have been given this prestigious honor as an APIASF scholarship recipient for the 2007-2008 academic year. It is just a great honor to be chosen and I will forever be indebted to the APIASF committee.

Beginning in the fall semester of 2007, I plan to major in Mechanical Engineering. By receiving this scholarship award I will be bale to begin my journey by laying the foundational work that is needed to pursue my long-term educational goals and to fulfill my place and purpose in society. My future goals in studying mechanical engineering is to receive the necessary tools, resources and the proper education in the field to be able to design and fabricate mechanical parts to upgrade and advance technology concerning medical instruments/machinery. To possess the ability to plan and toassist in the manufacturing of new medical instruments/machinery would be my way of helping those who need medical assistance universally.

I know first hand that in my homeland of American Samoa, we definitely need assistance at the one and only hospital on our island. And to have ownership of the necessary education and ability and given the opportunity to administer this knowledge can only elevate and intensify the standard of medical assistance for our people, and this would bring me great satisfaction knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of others.

Concerning my family's reaction when I gave them the news of selection to the APIASF scholarship. My mother was very ecstatic and began to cry. My father, who is the quiet type, shook my hand and gave me a big hug, both of them have been so supportive throughout my educational journey and football career, and they are the most positive and encouraging parents in the word. My oldest sister Seine, who attend the University of Hawai’i at Chaminade, was so elated, and my other sister Shanyl who is a sophomore at Long Beach State University, was equally happy for me. Our youngest brother Wessen who is 10 years old, said, "Sean, you were lucky"...but he said in the way only he could have said it...with love, and that meant a lot to me.

In closing, to Mr. Robert Underwood, Mr. Ted Y. Mashima, and Bindi Patel and the APIASF scholarship committee and all the generous sponsors, I say in my native language FAAFETAI TELE LAVA, which means THANK YOU SO MUCH for selection me for this renowned and reputable reward. My prayer is the entire APIASF committee and all of the generous sponsors continue to be blessed, and to be a blessing to future applicants.

I am reminded of a Chinese proverb which says: "A 1000 step journey begins with the first step." APIASF you have now made it possible for me to take that "first step." Thank you and God Bless!

Sean Enesi
Carson, CA

When we opened the letter there was an overwhelming joy that flooded the room. As we read the letter it never seemed to really settle that I had been chosen as a recipient of this scholarship, that my dreams were starting to become reality.

Going to college wasn't much of a choice for me. I was college bound since the day I was born. It wasn't until later in my life that I actually knew that college would be the right path for me. It is much different when you're sure that this college is truly what you want and not something you have to do. For me, I love to learn to me it's like a thirst that can not be quenched. I was fortunate enough to have excellent educational experiences in my life and it played a big role in my decision to enter college. Choosing a career was a difficult task I wanted to do something that fit the person I am. Once I figured out a career what I wanted to major in kind of fell in my lap.

"California oranges, Arizona cactus here's a worksheet just for practice...go warriors!" I remember my chemistry teacher enthusiastically uttering these words every time we had homework. The chemistry class was very different from any other class I had taken before. My teacher had what he called a "silver spoon of knowledge" in which he would jokingly tease us that if we fell behind we would be buried by it. As a result, I never fell behind. It was his enthusiasm for this physical science that interested me about chemistry. In fact, that is why I have chosen to major in Chemistry with the Bio option.

Regardless of what my major may say about me I do not want to be a Biochemist. I want to be a doctor. Not just any doctor but an Interventional Radiologist. These doctors are known for aiding in diagnosis as well as their cutting edge techniques now known as Angiography. It was a description like that, that I had heard from a UH Mānoa Medical student when I was a freshman. I became so interested in what he said that I researched it and I found a lot of interesting things about the career and that made me want to be one. I had always loved helping people and this was a good way to do it. Ever since that moment it has been my long-term goal to become an Interventional Radiologist.

Growing up in Hawai’i I never dreamed of endless opportunity. Opportunities like the one given to me by APIASF. The only dreams I had were to attend the Kamehameha Schools, to attend college and to become a doctor. I have had two wishes come true I attended the Kamehameha Schools Maui since the seventh grade and have been a child of Pauahi ever since. The second wish was to attend college and it hadn't been for scholarships being available like APIASF I wouldn't get this chance to attend yet another private school, Gonzaga University. APIASF has helped make my dream a reality.

Tristen Freitas
Wailuku, HI

Tuition is not the only financial burden a college student has. Living expenses, school materials, and other expenses are among them. As a future student, I find the cost of college overwhelming. Luckily, for struggling students like me, there are organizations such as the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.

I decided to apply after hearing about the APIASF scholarship. When I found out that I was a recipient for the scholarship, I could not contain my excitement. I had never thought that I would be so fortunate to receive the scholarship. After reading the letter, I ran to reveal the news to the rest of my family. When my family heard of the news, they were overjoyed. The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund will aid me with the financial costs of college. Much of my time was spent worrying over how I would be able to afford college, and APIASF is giving me a chance to enter college with financial aid. It will help me with my tuition and my books. APIASF has given me a chance to enter college with less financial burden. I will be able to focus on my studies. My major at the moment is undecided, but I am interested in medical school as a possibility.

This will all be possible thanks to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. I would like to thank the generous sponsors of APIASF as well for supporting such a wonderful organization. APIASF is truly making a difference in the lives of the next generation of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Through the APIASF, many students like me will be able to one step closer to achieving their dreams.

Lanie Fu
Bethlehem, PA

My name is Anne Catherine Gonzales and I am a proud recipient of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.

When I found out that I won the APIASF scholarship, I was so thrilled with joy and happiness, knowing that I made it to receive this wonderful help towards gaining my important college education. My family and I were very happy and felt very lucky and blessed that I won this great, helpful scholarship.

I was so happy because I knew that this APIASF scholarship would greatly help me to pursue my goals. This $2,000 scholarship will help me fund my college education, where I will gain the important skills, knowledge, and education to use in my career and for the rest of my life.

This scholarship will help me pursue my main goal to become a Corporate Lawyer, because it will give me the aid to help pay for my college education. My intended major in college is Law, and my career goal is to become a Business Lawyer. APIASF will help me achieve this main goal of mine to become a Corporate Lawyer, where I will be able to fight for people's rights, help improve the economy, encourage ethical business practices, etc.... I will work towards this goal by attending Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Finally, I would like to thank the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and all of its generous sponsors and supporters, for awarding me, Anne Catherine Gonzales, the APIASF scholarship. With this generous aid, I will be able to afford an excellent college education, where I will learn much to prepare for my career as a Corporate Lawyer. I am very grateful and appreciative for this scholarship, and feel very very honored to be receiving this APIASF scholarship. Thank you APIASF and all of your generous sponsors!

Anne Catherine Gonzales
Honolulu, HI

I am very honored to be chosen to receive a scholarship from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. I will be attending the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and I hope to major in biomedical engineering before going into medical school. I believe that biomedical engineering will help me be a better doctor because it is a fusion of modern technology, medicine, and problem solving. When my family and I received the letter in the mail about the award, I cannot express how happy we were. Our family situation has always been difficult. My mother is a single-parent raising two daughters, while also having her brother and parents live with us. My grandfather also recently died, but not before he knew of my achievement. I give my generous thanks to the APIASF and its sponsors; this award will not only help my family's financial situation, but bring me one step closer to my goal.

Katrina Gonzales
Virginia Beach, VA

My major in college will be Tourism & Hospitality. I have had many options during my senior Year but I happen to change my mind every now and then, but a few weeks before graduation, I Have decided that my major would be Tourism & Hospitality, because I have heard and read that this Program was designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and proper work habits. It also prepares students to perform proficiently in entry/intermediate positions or management in the area of Tour Service, Food & Beverage Operations, Hotel Operations, Hospitality Management and more that has caught my interests in studying when I get to college.

My career goal is to live independently. To have my own house, my own car, my own money my own space, my own everything, it was my goal ever since I was in elementary. And when it all happens, I will support my parents needs because without their support I wouldn't have gone that far. I love helping people, sick people, drug/ alcohol addicts, people with low self-esteem with big problems. I am a very sensitive and emotional person that cares so much about others, I have thought of becoming a nurse in the future but I was never sure of it. I want to help others, and to live my live Independently.

My Family was surprised when I showed them that I have won the APIASF Scholarship! Especially my parents were surprised because when I was filling the APIASF Scholarship Application, they said that it was a waste of time because my GPA was to low. Therefore, I went ahead In addition, filled it myself without their support and it broke my heart because they didn't believe in me. When I got the envelope, I was afraid to open it. However, when I did and saw that I won the Scholarship, I was so speechless I cried tears of so much joy unable to explain. I have proven myself to my parents and everyone who doubted me. I need this scholarship so much, without it, I will not be going to college this fall.

The APIASF Scholarship has already helped pursue my goals because now that I've won it, I am more confident and determined to go to college, to study what I mentioned earlier, to graduate With a degree, that will give me another opportunity to get a good job that deals with what I have studied in college. Through all my years in school, I have learned that the harder I work now, The better my future would be. I need that and this Scholarship has given me the Opportunity.

And finally, to the APIASF and its generous sponsors, I do not know what to say, I'm usually this speechless when something this unexpected and Wonderful happens, but honestly, I cannot imagine anything that could express or explain how Much this means to me, words cannot express how thankful I am now that you all have made It possible for me to go to college and further my education. I know that there are thousands of Students out there that needs this Scholarship as much as I do. encourage, support and make their dreams come true as you did mine. I come from a poor family, and we all know that there are thousands of poor families out there struggling to make their children's dreams come true. I pray for them everyday and when something this big happens to them, like it happened to me, You cannot keep that big smile off your face! So once again, thank you and God bless you all.

Vanessa Gumoon
Colonia, Yap, FM

APIASF

My major will be biochemistry when I attend the University of California of San Diego (UCSD) in the fall. I plan to go through college and hopefully work in the field of medicine. Whether my career would be based in the pharmaceutical or medical arena I still must decide later in my college experience. Hopefully my college classes and holistically speaking, as mentioned before, the experience of higher level learning can provide a clearer picture of a more define career in such a vast field.

My parents were thrilled when the received the news through the mail. I was in complete shock. For some reason, I was very nervous when I held the letter in my hand. This scholarship will provide the financial tool to help me assist in my learning and allow me to work towards a vision with more assistance. I would like to thank the APIASF for the wonderful opportunity they have given through their scholarship program. It is truly a genuine gift when concerning people are willing to help students, such as myself, achieve their goals not only in the world of academia, but in life. Thank you again for opportunity.

Eugene Han
Corona, CA

It is a great honor to receive the APIASF scholarship and to know that they saw in me qualities of a talented candidate with potential to do great things. My family and I were so overjoyed when we learned of the news. It was hard to believe that out of all student in America, I was chosen as a scholarship recipient. It is encouraging to know that my hard work in high school has paid off and it is wonderful to have to worry a little bit less about college fees. I really feel that nothing can hold me back now. For this I would like to deeply thank everyone at APIASF and all of the generous sponsors for their philanthropy to the Asian community and other deserving people.

Personally, I am interested in the biological and neurological aspects of psychology and would like to conduct research in this field. The brain is complex and powerful and there is so much we have yet to discover about it. I would like to participate in groundbreaking research that will help people to better understand how the mind works. I will be majoring in neurobiology to prepare for the study of neuroscience in graduate school. Next school year, I hope to be highly involved at the University of California Davis by participating in the Baha'i Club, The Interfaith Campus Council, the Davis Honors Challenge, as well as research opportunities on campus.

Between earning the undergraduate degree and graduate work, I plan to do a year-of-service with my religion, the Baha'i Faith, in Haifa, Israel. I believe that learning and maturing are best done while serving others. In addition, this experience of interacting with persons of different cultures will prepare me for work in a global society. My goal is to be of service to humanity through my profession. I want to help people understand themselves. I would like to work with the mentally ill or those with eating disorders. It is also a dream of mine to help pave the way for the equality of women with men in science.

I truly believe that with a strong mind, a dedicated heart, and a determined attitude I can overcome the challenges which are inevitable as I work toward these goals. I use mistakes as learning experiences. I listen to others even if I do not agree with their opinion because there is always room for learning. I am thankful that I have learned to be this way and I would like to help others realize their potential as well.

Lillian Hartman
Apple Valley, CA

My name is Huyen Hoang. This coming fall I will attend Concordia University in Portland, Oregon pursuing my bachelor's degree in nursing. I want to become a neonatal nurse. The reason I chose to become a nurse instead of a doctor is because I want to be with patients more frequently to take care of them and to be part of their family.

Receiving this scholarship is a great honor to me as well as my family. I am so happy to be selected as a recipient of a 2007 Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation (APIASF). Beside myself, my family was proud of me. My mom gave me a big hug. I know that she is really happy for me and has less concern about my college funds.

The college that I am going to is a private college and it costs a lot of money. I am lucky to be one of the recipients of this scholarship. APIASF will assist me in obtaining my college education and achieving my career goals that include my continued involvement in community service.

I appreciate Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation and its generous sponsors for giving me the opportunity to recognize my hard work during my four years at Madison High School. I believe every penny from this scholarship is helping me to pay part of my future dream.

Huyen Hoang
Portland, OR

When I was in the sixth grade I joined an after school club called M.E.S.A. (Math Engineering Science Achievement). I had always been rather gifted in the areas of math and science so I knew this would be a perfect fit. This club was one of the best organizations I had ever been a part of. Throughout my four-year membership they took me through many triumphs and achievements. Ever since then I knew that I would be apart of the math and science world for a long time.

I always said that I wanted to be a scientist. Then I realized it wasn't that simple. I have decided to go into medicine. I am planning to obtain my degree in Pharmacy. This fall I will be attending Southern Utah University as a part of their pre-pharmacy program. And the following year, if funds permit, I would like to attend the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, as a part of their Pharmacy program. I have always known that I was meant to help people and pharmacy is a great place to start. Eventually I would like to be a pharmaceutical researcher. I would love to be able to help as many people as affordably as possible. I want to be able to help the individuals who don't have access to regular care. And if I could help just a few people in life, then it would all be worth it.

When I found out that I was a recipient of the APIASF Scholarship I was overjoyed. This meant that I would actually be able to get myself through my first year of college. The two thousand dollars was just enough to pay for first semester's tuition. My mom was so proud. She couldn't believe what an amazing opportunity this was and how much it was going to help. Being a single parent she had a lot of worries about my future, but this helped to calm the waters.

This scholarship was such blessing and I am thankful everyday for the gifts that God has placed into my life. I would just like to say thank you. There aren't enough words to say how grateful I am. This will more than help me achieve my future goals.

Jessica Holland
Cedar City, UT

I am very delighted to learn I am an APIASF scholarship recipient. The outcome is really a big surprise, because I have a unique background compared to most American high school students. I grew up in Taiwan and spent my entire life there until seventeen-year-old. Upon becoming a senior in high school, I decided to come to Hawai’i by myself to experience a totally different life.

At the beginning, everything turned out really tough. As a new student studying in a starkly different country, my life started experiencing a turning point. Living in unfamiliar surroundings and communicating in a second language was especially arduous. Without family support and companionship, life surely was much more complicated.

I knew I could only rely on myself and always did my best. This will be an opportunity for me to learn independence and responsibility. A great amount of courage and effort is necessary for a foreign student to survive among American students. Competition is high to surpass my classmates. All miracles are possible if I step forward bravely. Life is going to be much more different and difficult, but this training is preparation toward becoming an exceptional and outstanding student as well.

I am going to major in communications. As learning both Chinese and English languages, I'm interested in communicating with different people. I found out communication is so appealing to me especially I can gain different viewpoints from different people. Hoping to become an influential person who can give our society positive impact and promotion is what I seek for as my life's goal. In addition, I would like to deliver the first information and discuss with different fields of people. I have a dream to become a communicator who will be able to communicate with people comfortably and confidently. I will discover deeper in communication field and gain experience to prepare myself for future.

I am extraordinarily appreciative of APIASF and their generosity to support my dream by funding my education. Thank you so much for your kindness and selecting me as a scholarship recipient. Your benevolent support will always be remembered. I specially thank Mr. Jon Furukawa, for his recommendation. I am grateful to my family, instructors and friends, who supported, encouraged, and comforted me through difficult times. I am fortunate to have this special achievement today, which has built up my self-confidence to face future challenges.

Ching-Yuan Hsieh
Honolulu, HI

At the University of Florida I will be studying in the Pre-med program. I want to major in Microbiology and Cell Science. After graduating, I plan on attending Johns Hopkins Medical School earning my PhD. I will be practicing at a hospital, then switching to a pediatrics office. In the future I plan on opening my own pediatric office. My dad always has a habit of opening my mail so he opened this without me knowing. I found out I had won this scholarship when he left the letter on my desk and when I picked it up and saw the words Congratulations I was so ecstatic. I ran to my parents room telling them I had won a scholarship and my parents were very proud of me and of course already knew about it.

This scholarship gave me a boost of confidence because you guys believed in me enough to help me with my education. This scholarship will help my greatly financially and I will fulfill every dollar of it.

I would like to thank all the members on the scholarship committee and all people who took part in this selection process. I would like to thank the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, for believing in me and helping to fund my education, it means a lot. Thanks.

Nicole Hwa
Wellignton, FL

"No service can be better than giving a student the opportunity to absorb knowledge and skill because these are the things that can't be taken away." I quote my mother because she is one of the most influential mentors in my life. When I was young, my mother taught me about how valuable education is to my life. Education is a treasured word in my family. I absolutely agree with my parents that education has high value in my life. In my belief, education can help to enrich me and to help develop my goal of helping other people. With a good education, I can achieve more things in life and can become a better person who can be more thoughtful, helpful, and reliable. I had seen many indigent people in Cambodia who lived their lives miserably from poverty and a lack of knowledge. They did not have the opportunity to go to school because of their daily living conditions or because they could not afford schooling. I saw the result in the real world that those who are uneducated usually live a harder life than those who are highly educated. I have seen what life is like for the poorly educated. This real experience has been one of my strongest motivations in furthering my education. Deep inside of me, I truly believe that being educated can help me and the people around me have happiness and joy in life. Education is so important to my future and it can help me develop my goal of helping other people. Also, I can prove to the world that education is truly a key to economic success and happiness in life.

I was born and raised in Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world. Knowing this, my desire to pursue my education in pharmacy grows stronger each day. I want to help make a difference in my country. Cambodia is a small, poor country that has progressed slowly in health technology. I am devoted to going back to Cambodia one day to open a nonprofit pharmacy and clinic to help those who cannot afford these services and inform Cambodians about health technology in today's world. I want to contribute to my homeland of what I have gained and learned in America. I expect nothing in return for my contribution, except for seeing the improvement of health technologies in my own country.

I know first-hand how hard life is living in the United States as an immigrant, and how it feels to not know how to communicate in English. Many Cambodian Americans, because of language barriers and their education level, have not been able to find a good job with health benefits. This has made my desire to be a pharmacist and a source of strength to the Cambodian Americans. I am dedicated to helping the poor and making a difference in America and Cambodia through my education and career. I believe that being a pharmacist can help me develop my goal of helping others. I have always wanted to become a helpful person because it fills my soul with joy. My heart swells with love and compassion when I help others. Even though the United States is one of the wealthiest countries, many communities still are poor and do not have good healthcare and money for medication. Because I am a bilingual, I will take this opportunity to aid America and my home country. This is the reason why I committed myself to achieving my goals no matter how many obstacles or conflicts I would have to face.

As time gets closer to my entrance into college, I see the anxiety on my mother's face expressing her concern of how she could help me pay for my education. She is a single mom of three children with a little income. Therefore, after I received a letter from APIASF confirming that I was selected as the recipient, I saw the happiness in my mother eyes. My family and I are thankful for the APIASF. A scholarship like APIASF can help make my dream of having a good educated and profession come true. Additionally, I realized that there is no impossible mission in life regardless of the circumstance. I now fearlessly work on my path to be a successful Asian college student through the support from the Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund. From the $2000 scholarship, I will build the foundations for my career and future, and later I will be able to return this generosity by helping to improve many communities that need good healthcare.

Lida Ing
Philadelphia, PA

I first learned of APIASF while searching online for any source of funds to help pay for college. I was excited to find that there was a scholarship that was targeted specifically at Asian Americans and Pacific Islander, especially one with no bond or special requirements. When I saw the letter from APIASF sitting in my mail slot, I was filled with dread. Upon opening it, however, I was pleased to find that I was a recipient of the scholarship and immediately called my mother, who was out of the country, to spread the news. The scholarship will help contribute to my personal expenses and books. This means that I will not have to find a job on campus and so I will be able to spend more time on my studies and adjusting to a new life in a new place.

This scholarship will aid me in pursuing a major in economics, an ambition I have had since I was fourteen. The degree will hopefully put me onto a path to a good career in the field I am interested in and will open doors to new opportunities. I will begin my college education in the fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and looking forward to it greatly, even more so now knowing that my financial burdens have been relieved some. I hope to come out not just with a degree from a prestigious university but with skills and experiences that will be with me forever. I am excited about the prospect of trying new activities, taking new courses and meeting new people.

I am immensely grateful to all the donors, companies and individuals alike and would like to thank them for investing their resources in future generations of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. I am also thankful to the people who have put the time and effort into finding individuals they believe in and helping them realize their goals. The whole scholarship application process was eased by the friendliness and the support of the administrators of the scholarship. They were especially comforting in those long weeks of wondering if my application made it through intact. Overall, this scholarship has had an immense impact on my life and my parents and I alike are elated to be receiving it.

Anisha Jethwani
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After carefully reviewing from all the different colleges, I decided to choose California State University: Chico. After looking at all the factors, I realize I would need financial assistance. I knew my family would not be able to afford me to go to college. They were already proud that I got in to a college that I desire. In their heart, they knew that no matter what obstacles I face, I would never give up.

It wasn't until April that I receive a packet telling me I was a finalist for the APIASF scholarship. I was speechless at the moment, but inside I was screaming with excitement. It was late April when I receive another letter, I didn't know what to expect. My family watches me closely as I open the letter. After reading the first sentence, I was jumping with joy. My family expresses their sincere gratitude for my wonderful accomplishment. They have seen me work very hard to get through school and how I manage to keep a busy schedule. They were very glad to know I have won a national scholarship.

I plan to pursue a major in Business Administration. I hope one day I will create a non-profit organization to serve the community. I want to create programs and scholarships to help assist others achieve their future goals. I want others to realize how important it is to pursue a higher education. Knowledge is the key to success. If you have knowledge, then you will have the power to be anything you want to.

On behalf of my family and myself, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you so much for your generosity. I am very honor to be part of APIASF scholarship recipient for the 2007-2008 academic year. I really appreciate your generosity of awarding me this scholarship. It will be funded toward my college education and help me pursue my career. Once again, thank you for helping me become successful.

Soudavan Kaiyarath
San Diego, CA

I was a student who came to the United States with no knowledge of English what so ever. Yet, with diligence and courage, I was able to master the English language well and move up the ladder from ESL courses to regular classes in just a year. Although that was a huge accomplishment, the reality was to survive within the native English-speaking peers and be successful in school. Yet, even with good grades, leadership and acceptance from well-known college, I never came to realize my real strength and ability to stand out in America and actually have my voice heart until I received the APIASF scholarship

Receiving my first scholarship ever for a such a great amount of money to help education gave me strength and ability to stand up against all those who told me that I can not make it, all those who told me that I can not have my voice heard, and to all those who told me that I can not stand out in such a demanding country such as the United States. Achieving the APIASF scholarship meant the most to my parents who have devoted so much to bring me up, and make me a positive and a productive person in society. It felt to them as if they have accomplished their greatest goal in life as well.

Never the less, the two thousand dollars I will be receiving from the APIASF scholarship will greatly aid me to continue education at the University of Washington. Before I received the scholarship, I was not sure about attending UW without enough funding because of its high cost to attend as a nonresident. Now, I have the confidence and the will power to attend my favorite university and participate in their well-known pre-med program, and attend their medical school as well. The APIASF scholarship will assist me to accomplish the two most important goals in life: the goal to attend the University of Washington and the goal to become a Pediatrician. Therefore, I thank APIASF and its generous sponsors with the greatest warmth of my heart. I truly appreciate the generosity APIASF has shown to many Asian and Pacific Islander American students around the country who are just struggling with financial needs to reach their educational goals. And, I am content knowing that APIASF believe in me and have chosen me as one of the scholarship recipients and as a student representative at the Washington D.C. reception.

Kalpana Katudeniya
Beaverton, OR

I want to pursue a Doctorate Degree in Neuroscience. My career goal is to become a neurologist--a specialist doctor who deals with the nervous system and its diseases and disorders. I choose this career because I want to do something which makes the earth a better place. It is true that science has reached everywhere, from the universe to the cells of the human beings. Unfortunately, technology can not treat diseases. Even though, many vaccines are developed in order to treat diseases, but there are some diseases like cancer, in which both scientists and doctors have no control. People who suffer from diseases like cancer can only be saved luckily. Unfortunately, only twenty percent of people are saved from this disease. With the help of this scholarship, I will able to help those people who are suffering from this disease and have lost their hopes to live.

When I found out I had won the APIASF scholarship, my family was very pleased. APIASF will help me a lot in pursuing my education goals for two major reasons. I want to get a bachelor's degree in Pre-Med and the books are very expensive, fortunately APIASF scholarship will help me to pay for the books. Secondly, this scholarship will also help me the expenses for living on-campus.

When I found that I got this scholarship, I was thrilled because this scholarship will help me immoderately in pursuing my goal. I am very grateful to its generous sponsors who help the students during that time when they need it most. Thanks a lot.

Avneet Kaur

Avneet Kaur
Richmond, IN

Throughout high school, I was constantly reminded about my future goals. I have always longed to gain a career in the Business field, but I am still uncertain about obtaining a specific occupation. During my spring break in April 2007, I was offered an opportunity to join BizAcademy, a five day entrepreneurial workshop for high school students to start our very own business. At the program, I gained a variety of skills that prepared me for the business world. I learned how to communicate with people through networking, sending out e-mails to my potential customers, and presenting sales pitches to a few investors. BizAcademy sparked my goal of obtaining a career in the business field and led me to a passion for majoring in Business Administration. Whether advice was given to me at home or at school about advancing my education, I learned that it was the right path to follow towards success.

My family, friends and I were thrilled to hear that I have become one of the 2007-2008 APIASF--Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund--recipients. Personally, being an APIASF scholarship recipient means a lot to me because two thousand dollars can help cover some of the necessities needed for college. For many, the scholarship provides a lot of help for covering tuition fees, books and supplies, and housing.

The American Nuclear Society believes in rewarding its members for their academic, services and leadership excellence. To do so, scholarships are granted to qualified student members of ANS Student Sections who have demonstrated a high commitment to the standards set by the Society's constituents.

All scholarships are funded by contributions from the ANS Board, ANS professional divisions and member donations through renewals. The total number and amount of scholarships are based upon the funds available each year, which varies each year.

Scholarships are granted to high school, undergraduate and graduate students alike, and will be awarded at the beginning of each school year. Evaluation is based upon numerous factors, including: academic preparation (GPA and test scores), awards, honors, leadership within the ANS, references, and career goals and objectives

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ANS Scholarship Coordinator.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships are open to ANS student members enrolled in a course of study relating to a degree in nuclear science or nuclear engineering.

All applications must be sponsored by a faculty advisor of an ANS Student Section or an individual ANS member.

U.S. and non-U.S. residents may apply if they are enrolled in and attending an accredited institution in the United States with an established ANS Student Section or Alpha Nu Sigma chapter.

Incoming freshmen awards are open to graduating high-school seniors who have enrolled, full-time, in college courses and are pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering or have the intent to pursue a degree in nuclear engineering.

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