Photo (L to R): Sofia Teodoro, Moses Duong, Chris Tu, Steven Santana, David Perez, Selina Yanez, Nicholette Espinosa
In the wake of increasing college costs and decreasing financial aid, AYC awarded the May L. To Excellence Award and Suk Ching Leung Scholarships to three graduating high school seniors and two college freshmen. AYC Scholars are chosen for their outstanding academic achievements, their commitment to the common good and their potential for leadership in whatever career they may choose. The amounts they received were determined by financial need and ranged from $500-$2,000.
More than 50 people gathered to watch the ceremony at the May L. To Educational Center, named after AYC’s late Founder and Executive Director.
Moses Duong, a resident of San Gabriel and recipient of this year's scholarship is a graduate of Gabrielino High School and will begin taking classes at Pasadena City College (PCC) this month. Moses was awarded $1,000 and plans to use that money to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering or Social Work. When asked on the application how the scholarship would help him, Moses wrote,
“The world’s run on money, because without it many people can’t live or even survive. Without one dollar a person couldn’t buy food or utilities such as a toothbrush or clothing. This scholarship will not only push me harder in life but turn me into a better success myself, just as my mother pushed me each day.”
Other AYC Scholars this year include Chris Tu (USC/UOP), Selina Yanez (PCC), David Perez (Rio Hondo College), and Steven Santana (CSULA). All Scholars are current or past AYC clients. This is the fifth year AYC has awarded the Suk Ching Leung Scholarship and the first for the May L. To Excellence Award Scholarship.
AYC is a 501c3 non-profit organization (EIN#33-0383691) with Headquarters in San Gabriel, CA. Its programs serve all youth and families and cover health, education, and social services. Last year, AYC reached 4,249 clients of which 90% of the people served were low-income. Today, AYC is led by a 25-member Board of Directors and an Executive Director overseeing a staff of 60+ team members. AYC's 2014 budget is $4 million. Go to www.asianyouthcenter.org and www.facebook.com/AYC100 to learn more.