WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2014) — The Organization of Chinese Americans – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce the 15 winners of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship.
The scholarship awards $2,000 to high school seniors who are the first person in their family to attend college in the United States. The recipients have also demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and a commitment to their communities.
OCA and The UPS Foundation recognize that scholarships and financial aid are important in assisting students from lower income families attain a college education. Since 1999, OCA has partnered with The UPS Foundation to award 194 scholarships for a total of $358,000, including 15 scholarships this year.
“UPS and OCA are proud to present these 15 students with scholarships that will help assist them with their higher education career. We are excited to see the development of these remarkable students and are even more thrilled to see the change they create for the community,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation.
“The OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship allows young people to seek opportunities to learn, develop, and become future leaders for their communities. The scholarship goes beyond offering financial assistance and instead is an investment towards the scholar to pursue their dreams and to create change for the future,” said OCA National President Sharon M. Wong.
OCA will honor four scholars at the OCA National Convention on August 7 – 10 in Los Angeles, California. Minsun Kim, Mingyin Mei, Thach Nguyen, and Mohan Siwakoti will attend the convention Youth Track and will be recognized during the Gala Awards Banquet.
The recipients of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship:
• Masuma Ali, Wayne State University
• Sebastian Chai-Onn, University of Miami
• Jenny Chau, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
• Scarlet Huang, University of California-Los Angeles
• Halema Jalil, Rutgers University-Newark
• Minsun Kim, Kean University
• Van Kpa, Catholic University of America
• JiaRui Li, Johns Hopkins University
• Jake Martin, Honolulu Community College
• Mingyin Mei, University of California-Berkeley
• Kathy Nguyen, University of South Florida-Main Campus
• Thach Nguyen, Normandale Community College
• Jonathan Pham, Cornell University
• Mohan Siwakoti, Georgia Perimiter College
• Tuyet Tran, University of Central Florida