Six Asian students from New York Tri-State area each receive $16,000 scholarship; Hosted by NY1 News anchor Vivian Lee, special guests included Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and Assemblyman Ron Kim
Iselin, NJ (May 30, 2014) – Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC) honored the six recipients of its 2014 RMHC/ASIA (Asian Students Increasing Achievement) Scholarship Program at a special awards luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan. Selected from a record-number of applicants from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, each winner was awarded a $16,000 scholarship in recognition of their service to the community and academic achievements. Hosted by NY1 News anchor Vivian Lee, the event featured a keynote address delivered by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (“Kung Fu,” “Madame Butterfly”) and a special award presentation to Assemblyman Ron Kim, who was honored for leadership in the Flushing community.
Now in its 14th year, the RMHC/ASIA Scholarship Program annually grants six college scholarships to Asian high school students in the New York Tri-State Area, making it the largest program of its kind. The program seeks to identify and support students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. To date, the program has awarded over $1.3 million.
“The RMHC/ASIA Scholarship Program continues to seek out and award exemplary young role models who also generously give back to their communities,” said Christopher Perry, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area. “RMHC believes it is important to not only recognize a student’s academic achievements but also celebrate their strength of character.”
The recipients of the 2014 RMHC/ASIA Scholarship Program are:
- •Eileen Jin, 17, of Hunter College High School in New York, NY, has been involved in the Girls Scout for the past ten years. She will be attending Fordham University and intends to major in Child Psychology.
- •Joseph Kim, 17, of Fairlawn High School in Fairlawn, NJ, has been with his school’s Varsity Soccer team for the past three years. He will be attending Wesleyan University with a major in Biological Sciences.
- •Juliet Kim, 17, of Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY, is the Captain of her school’s Girls’ Varsity Sabre Fencing Team. She will be attending Harvard University and intends to major in Biomedical Engineering.
- •Sam Kim, 18, of Stuyvesant High School in New York, NY, was an editor of photography for his school’s newspaper, The Spectator, and volunteered at the Korean Heritage School for Adoptees, teaching Korean to adopted children of Korean descent who were adopted by non-Korean families. He will be attending Yale University this coming year.
- •Juho Lee, 18, of Tenafly High School in Tenafly, NJ, is a journalist for Business Magazine, and has covered global events such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also the President and Founder of Yunus Youth Club, a philanthropy club accredited by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Yunus, which orchestrates breakfast service to the local Latin community and helps fundraise for disaster relief. He will be attending Wesleyan University and plans to major in Economics.quake.
- •Winston Lee, 17, of East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, NJ, is the Art Director for his school’s French Honor Society and Science Honor Society. He also teaches origami (paper folding) at South River Public Library as community service. He will be pursuing Chemistry as his major at Cornell University this coming year.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area
For over 20 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Their signature programs include scholarships to help provide access to a college education for students who need and earn it, and community grants to support a variety of local children’s charities in the areas of medicine, crisis intervention, civic and social services, education, and the arts. The organization also provides needed support to 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are “homes away from home” allowing families to be with their hospitalized children for extended periods of time. For more information, please visit www.rmhcnytristate.org or contact 732-623-8639.
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