2014 APIASF Scholar Profiles

photo Mele Lotuleile
APIASF/Wells Fargo Scholar
Hometown: Reno, NV
College: University of Nevada, Reno
Major: Undeclared
Education Level: Freshman

A wise Roman poet once said, "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant." Being the youngest of 6, where 5 didn't graduate high school or college, brought a lot of pressure in proving to my family that I will make it far. The biggest challenge I had to face since fifth grade was the loss of my mother. In the 70's, my parents migrated to America in search of better opportunities for us. With their teachings, I knew my parents wanted me to do my best in school so that later on I would not have the worries they did. One thing I learned was how valuable education is. As she passed, it brought heartache but I also discovered my hidden talents. Being successful in my academics and in my athletics opened a lot of new doors for me. Most of the people in my community, who were there for me and supported me, influenced me to pursue a career in the social work field. If it weren't for my Tongan community, my family, and the staff at my school, I would not have been as strong as I am now. Losing a loved one is very difficult to cope with, and that is why I want to help those who are in need of guidance.

My goal is to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor's degree in four years and become a social worker that aides those in my community. Whether it's to a lost loved one or to solving problems, I want to help people make better transitions in their life. I know I am able to pursue this goal, thanks to the APIASF/Wells Fargo Scholarship and the support they offer to students around the world and for helping me further my education.

photo Mac Daniel Dimla
APIASF/Darden Restaurants Foundation Scholar
Hometown: Yigo, GU
College: The Culinary Institute of America
Major: Culinary Arts
Education Level: Freshman

"Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything else." This quote from the most amazing lady in the culinary profession, Julia Child, had stolen the exact words my mind would have described my career. Unlike many of my friends and classmates in high school, I was lucky to be able to discover what I wanted to do for the rest of my life early. This created goals, paths and opportunities that now make my pursuit of being a chef easier. I was able to join the ProStart program and compete in the National ProStart Invitational for two years. I interned at one of the most prestigious hotel in Guam, Hyatt Regency Guam, for two years and land a part time job as a kitchen assistant. I earned experience every step of the way.

Now that I am a senior, I plan to attend the Culinary Institute of America. I have been planning for this since I first fell in love with the school during my sophomore year. I focused on my studies, attended voluntary events and competed in culinary competitions. In my junior year, I started my application for the institute. I was so nervous I wouldn't get in that I would double check my essays every month. I was excited, nervous and afraid when I sent my application. Until I presented the school that I loved to my parents. The first word I heard was "sorry" and the second broke my heart, it was a no. To me that answer said no to me pursuing what I love, it said no to me achieving excellence and it said no to every aspect of my life that planned my whole career. I was depressed for much of the school year until I decided I will make this happen!

I continue to compete in the National ProStart Invitational and incredibly walked away 2013 national champion. This assured me that I could definitely achieve my career no matter what the situation is. The rise and fall of events like these tempered my skills and mind to do better in any situation.

I now continue to pursue my career in the culinary profession. The passion I have for cooking is unconditional. It is what I choose to do for the rest of my life. The slicing of an onion, the sautéing of a piece of meat and plating a plate with precision interests me that no other profession can. APIASF and Darden Restaurant Foundation Scholarships had contributed greatly to my education and it continues to do so for me and many other students that need help to pursue their goals! I thank them for helping me create a great Chef within me!

photo Jean Abac
APIASF/United Health Foundation Scholar
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
College: Pasadena City College
Major: Registered Nursing
Education Level: Sophomore

Growing up in the small island of Mindoro, Philippines and remembering the times I rode a bangka–a wooden motorboat–everyday to go to school and back home, it has been a very honoring and inspiring experience having been chosen as one of the recipients for the APIASF/United Health Fund Scholarship. My parents, whom did not attend college in the United States, and younger brothers, whom I guide and advise on the American educational system, were very proud and happy to learn about this endowment I have received.

Being a hospice and home health nurse has taught me the value of compassion and caring for others and the impact of these attitudes in people's lives. I am extremely grateful for this wonderful support as it will assist me in my reaching my goals to become a Doctor specializing in Internal Medicine to, ultimately, provide one-on-one care to patients emphasizing on education and prevention at the comfort of their homes as a home care medical director.

As a college freshman at the age of twenty-two, I am still determined to go through the non-conventional path to become a physician as I face another thirteen years of rigorous academic challenges. Higher education opens the doors to opportunities that could lead to greater contributions to the future of humanity. Therefore, it is in my sincerest interest to push myself farther in life in order to achieve higher education and give back to our communities which I cherish in being a part of.

I am extremely grateful for those who have trusted much faith in me and my dreams as I hope to also be in such generous position in the future–able to give back to those who work hard in their passionate pursuits to serve others in the world.

photo Lily Chen
APIASF/Anne Chow Scholar
Hometown: Portland, OR
College: Oregon State University
Major: General Science
Education Level: Freshman

Born to non-English speaking parents who emigrated from a poor village in China, my upbringing was loving but restricted. My parents' lack of education limited them from helping me and teaching me. As a result, I became very independent. Because they lacked skills, they were forced to work minimum wage jobs at dirty restaurants, but even then we lived from paycheck to paycheck in a small, one-bedroom apartment. When my parents saved up enough to buy a house, we struggled to pay bills. In those times, I stepped up and searched for agencies that would assist us. From those experiences, I learned that I want to give back to my community; I want to pursue a career that will allow me to help others.

At a very young age, I understood that my parents sacrificed everything they had so that I could have the opportunity to live a better life than they did. This understanding of mine motivated me to do well in school; I was determined to make my parents proud - I had to let them know that their sacrifices were not in vain. I worked hard to learn the material that was taught at school and spent much of my time reading and watching educational TV shows. At the same time, I learned to translate my first language, Cantonese, into English and vice versa. Outside of our apartment, in grocery markets, or any public place, I needed to help my parents ask for directions and help. A simple question like, "Where is the restroom?" would take a few interactions and minutes to be understood. I would translate my parents' question into English, ask the question, understand the English response, and then translate the response into Cantonese for my parents to understand. I was their translator for business transactions or service requests as simple as checking out at the grocery store and as complicated as making doctor's appointments or purchasing a car. Through helping my parents, I learned essential communication skills which I later utilized when volunteering in my community.

I also spent a great deal of my time at my local library, the Holgate Library. There, I was presented with opportunities to learn through books, computers, and most importantly volunteering. I was eager to become a Summer Reading Program volunteer, a position that required commitment and communication skills in order to encourage children to read. Entering high school, I joined National Honors Society, Red Cross Club, and Key Club. As a result of participating in community service, I discovered that I enjoy working with children and helping others, which is the reason why I wish to pursue a career in the medical field, pediatrics.

I am a responsible, independent young woman and I am extremely excited to experience a higher level of education where I can develop and hone skills. I hope to use the skills that I have obtained throughout my journey to serve my community and to improve the lives of others.

photo Ger Moua
APIASF/FedEx Scholar
Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
College: Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Major: Art
Education Level: Freshman

I was born in Thailand in a refugee camp. In Thailand my family was very poor. Sometimes we didn't have enough money and we have to borrow from our neighbors to buy us food. When I was young, I always dreamed of having this toy or eating that good food that somebody else had. As a 5 year old, I didn't know much about the hardship that my family is going through. There are no jobs in Thailand and if there are any, it is very hard to get and limited to the poor people. With this struggle because of no good education, my family found a way for us younger children to have a future. In 2004, my mom brought all of my brothers and sisters for a new life in the United States.

We came to Minnesota in July 2004. It took me a while to adjust to a new country. I started 3rd grade and worked hard on learning and speaking English. In high school during junior year, I joined a program called Genesys Works. My experience with Genesys Works helped me a lot because they teaches me valuable lesson while learning about professionalism and Information technology. Working at Valspar Corporation had changed me a lot. I learned and experience working as an adult and preparing for college. Every day I woke up early at 5:00 a.m. to go to work and end at 10:00 a.m. to go to school. It is a lot of work, but the experience I get from it is very valuable.

I want to become a successful artist, doing what I love. When I get a job or make profit with my art, I plan to save money for me, my family, and for other people who need help. I believe donations are one of the best ways to help people in my community and around the world. I will donate to help people who are affected by natural disasters, people who seek higher education, and those who just need some aid to help them get back in life. With education, I will be able to help others to become successful through donations or volunteering to make my community and the world a much better place.

photo Haoxuan Li
APIASF/Coca-Cola Foundation Scholar
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Major: Undeclared
Education Level: Sophomore

I have two simple philosophies that I live by every day. My first philosophy: I need to strive to change the world and make it a better place. My second philosophy: to achieve these ends, I must strive to be a better person.

Of course, these two philosophies did not just appear overnight. Before college and after high school, I took a year off from school to work for a non-profit called City Year. I was able to work in a poor, under-served school in Chicago. This opened my eyes on the existence of many social problems people have to experience every day. The students that I tutored and mentors have to deal with poverty, gang warfare, and much, much more. I realized that there are many situations in our lives that we have no control over. However, what we do have control over is ourselves and our outlook on the world. So I strive to make myself a better person by practicing ethics, inspiring others, and dedicating my time to learning about the world and about others. But life seemed dull if I were to keep all this to myself. I only have but one life to live, and my happiness and my self-worth should be dictated by my efforts to make others happy and better off. So I strive every day to make others happy and make the world a better place.

I want to be a leader of an education non-profit but this is a big responsibility and I need to grow into an even bigger and better person to do this. So I returned to college (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) to learn and to gain the "soft" skills I need to become this future leader. I am currently the service chair of my business fraternity and a Leadership Paraprofessional at the Illinois Leadership Center. I hope to graduate with honors and get my Masters in Business Administration in the east coast. Until then, I will live by my philosophies and continue to inspire others to join me in making the world a better place.

photo Vy Trinh
APIASF/Target Foundation Scholar
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Major: Pharmacy
Education Level: Junior

My name is Vy Trinh, and I'm currently a student at Louis College of Pharmacy. My family came to America eight years ago with a hope of a better future. My parents gave up everything, even their jobs as teachers, to come to America for my future and education; they encourage me to be the first in our family to go to college, showing how important my future is to them. It was tough for my family to give up a life full of respect in Vietnam and start our new lives, saddled with disadvantages such as our low-income and language barrier. However, I turned these pitfalls into motivations to move forward. All the sacrifices and support drive me to be successful. I plan to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree by completing a 0 to 6 year pharmacy program. After graduating from my chosen college of pharmacy, I want to work in pharmacy retail or in a hospital, helping patients by protecting them from any fatal errors in their diagnosis and prescriptions. Pharmacy will meet my desire to help people. Becoming a pharmacist is very important to me because it helps to fulfill the purpose of my being brought to America.

photo Anthony Goodman
APIASF/NBCUniversal Scholar
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
College: University of North Carolina, School of the Arts
Major: Filmmaking
Education Level: Junior

Being the oldest of six in a large family meant I was expected to help carry a certain amount of the responsibility. Whether it meant taking out the garbage or walking the dog, from a rather young age I learned what it meant to help others and what it meant to the family. As I grew up and became more involved with my church; helping lead worship and being a small group leader, I learned what it was like to be a role model to others and the importance every team member has to the bigger picture. Now I still go back to that same church and volunteer in any way I can. Whether it's painting the building, creating video media for services, or playing guitar for the band, I plan on continuing to help out there in any way possible until the day I move away.

The summer before my freshmen year at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, I was waiting tables at a pizza place and having to save money with my family in order to pay the fees that financial aid didn't cover. It was tough to see all of that hard work disappear all at once, but now I have a better understanding of how that work is going to pay off. It wasn't just a one-time payment, but it was an investment to my future.

I've always believed that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Whether it's a job you want, a hobby you want to master, or a dream you want to see come true. Growing up, my parents always supported all of my dreams and to this day are behind me constantly encouraging me to move forward. This has turned my little dream to be a filmmaker into a major reality. The last two years I've spent at the University of North Carolina School of Arts has been crucial to my career.

My education is at the top of my priority list because I know how much further in life I can go with it. The technical skills I've learned at UNCSA are preparing me for the working world. Not only is it the education, but also the people you meet and networking opportunities. The people I meet in my four years here will probably be the people I work with for the rest of my life.

photo Riya Desai
APIASF/Southern California Edison Scholar
Hometown: Ventura, CA
College: University of California, Berkeley
Major: Biochemistry
Education Level: Freshman

My grandmother, with aspirations of becoming a doctor, was denied the privilege of finishing even high school. My father, with dreams of engineering, was denied by his low socioeconomic stature. Therefore, since I was a child, the principle of education has been indoctrinated in my thoughts and aspirations. I have been taught that education is the escape route from our financial instability and knowledge is the methodology. My education had been the driving force behind our move to the US. However, after our move I was faced with bullies who targeted my differences so I hid from the bullies who pushed and dragged. Alienated by my peers and the differences between us, I felt that I could not assimilate when "immigrant" exuded from my skin.

I was able to find solace and community in the clubs I participated in throughout middle school and high school. In Battle of the Books in middle school, I felt accepted by the librarian who invited me in and by the peers who let me belong. From the nuances of greetings to preparation for competition, I had a community that challenged the borders of my alienation. As I transitioned into high school, the clubs I participated in continued to be a comfort that quelled my fears from the past. Whether it was conversing with the "grandparents" at Adopt-A-Grandparent for the Interact Club, tutoring in chemical equilibrium for a peer tutoring service, or cross-examining a witness for Mock Trial, I had a community; but more than that, I gained the confidence to expose and embrace my differences. Not only have I reaped benefits of my community at school but also I have contributed to the community in many ways. I initiated the rebirth of a previously existing tutoring club that met once a week to provide free tutoring to an entire center that utilizes the resources of the library during study hall to provide free tutoring four days a week with over 20 tutors to help in math, science, English, and history. I have led the Interact Club at our school for the past two years, increasing attendance to all club events and creating an environment of inclusion. Only a few of my involvements at my school, I am grateful for the experiences and my ability to give back to communities that have nurtured me.

photo Annie Lee
APIASF/Toyota Scholar
Hometown: Rosemead, CA
College: University of California, San Diego
Major: Biology
Education Level: Freshman

Surprise and a rush of gratitude, the only feelings that can accurately describe my emotions when I discovered that I was selected for the APIASF/Toyota scholarship. This is such an honor for my family, my community, and myself. It is through the graciousness of these donors and companies that students like me can truly pursue our dreams of going to college and of becoming an influential asset to society.

I will be entering college as a Biology major, but hopefully with more exposure to the other fields of science, I will be able to find an interest that I can excel at. I am passionate about being able to give back to the world through my own abilities. I hope that I will be able to make a positive impact on the lives of others and enact changes in the community.

Through my long commitment to the Science Olympiad program, I have realized how interconnected the world truly is and I have also found an interest in fields such as Public Health, Biotechnology, and the STEM fields. It is my belief that these fields will help me advance the world through awareness, technological advancements, and change. It is my sincere wish to be able to explore the world of college and develop more useful skills. I want to be able to research, travel, tackle real life problems, apply my knowledge, and grow into my full potential.

I believe that it is important for Asian American and Pacific Islander students to pursue higher education because our families have given so much for us to have this opportunity and is it also our turn to show the world that we are a capable, innovative, and talented generation. Our cultural teachings will bring more insight into the problems the world faces today and we will be the bridge that connects a rapidly advancing world to the traditional one many of us have grown up in.

Thank you to both APIASF as well as the various donors and companies that have helped students like me through your financial assistance.

photo Kathy Tran
APIASF/NASA Scholar
Hometown: Pasadena, TX
College: Texas A&M University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Education Level: Freshman

My parents didn't get the opportunity to receive the kind of education I'm receiving so it used to be very difficult for me to follow along in school since there was nobody in my family that understood what I was learning and could help me. I admit, I was really struggling the first few years but eventually, I figured out that if I'm not going to help myself then nobody would so I would come to school early on a daily basis so I can get extra help from my teachers. Eventually, I began to understand everything better. Because of the past struggles in school, I've always paid extra attention in class to make sure I don't go through that problem again and it's made me who I am today.

My career goal is to become a Petroleum Engineer. The reason why I decided on becoming an engineer is because robotics has opened my eyes to the engineering world. I didn't know what I wanted to be until I joined robotics. As I learned more and more, I decided that oiling was where I wanted to be so I concluded that I'd like to attend Texas A&M and major in petroleum engineering. Going to this university is very important to me not only because I get an education that my parents didn't get but also because I will be learning real world material and learn how to fend on my own. I've had many interactions with other nationalities around the world because I've qualified and gone to World Championship 3 years in a row since Sophomore year but knowing that I'll be spending 4 years with different people makes me more excited for college. I have a younger sister and I hope that I will be her inspiration. That is why I try so hard in school. To make sure that she's proud to have a sister like me and will be willing to follow in my footstep.

photo Rowdy Lindsey
APIASF/Goldman Sachs Gives Scholar
Hometown: Waimanalo, HI
College: University of Hawaii Maui College
Major: Criminology
Education Level: Freshman

Some would say that their story begins on the day they were born. I would say mine started when I experienced a particular hardship that helped to define who I am.

I was raised in a family that exemplified leadership and paddling superiority on a daily basis. Coming from Waimānalo, no one really expected much of me and because of this, I was written off as a rebellious kid that couldn't manage to stay out of trouble. My dad, Randall, did all he could to ensure that my siblings and I would defy that staple by immersing us in Hawaiian values, culture and lifestyles.

When I was eight-years-old, I began my journey in the water as a paddler. It was engraved in my being that the best way to work was together and a small part of my soul knew that it was my time to find my own place in the family tradition. My parents showed me how to incorporate two of the things that made them stand out from the staple: leadership and paddling.

Since I began my adventure on the water, I had a chance to show my skill and love for the sport when I joined the Girls Paddling team in my freshman year of high school. It was the hardest sport I've ever played and I'm proud to say that I stuck it out all 4 years of school. Throughout the years, I've made everlasting sisterhood relationships with my teammates and I aspired to be the one to lead them to victory at the state race in my junior year. I ran harder, paddled faster and worked myself to death. In essence, it was an understatement to announce how heartbroken I was when I was cut from the states roster. That was the beginning of the plunge in my confidence and the road to where I contemplated continuing my career in paddling. I figured that I might as well just give up since I wasn't good enough to make the roster. After a few days of deep thought, I ultimately decided that I had two choices. I could either give up on something that I've worked 17 years of my life for, or I could get back up to try again. In cessation, I returned in my senior year to finish what I started. I came back even more determined than the year prior and I my mind was unshakably set on graduating with a trophy that proved I was one of the best.

The decision to return to paddling was one of the stepping-stones that I've used to find out what I'm capable of. I viewed it as an opportunity that shows how I persevered through one of the most detrimental experiences I've faced thus far in my life. It has made me stronger as a person and more steadfast in overcoming trials head-on. I know that no matter what life throws at me, I'll continue to pave through it to end up victorious.

photo Andrea Kim
APIASF/BBCN Scholar
Hometown: Cypress, CA
College: Duke University
Major: Public Health
Education Level: Freshman

Ever since my sophomore year, I have been interested in the cause to eradicate hepatitis B in the Asian-American community. I hope that through a well-rounded, quality education I can become a trailblazer in preventative outreach, and this scholarship brings me one step closer to just that. I plan on majoring in Global Health with a minor in Communications, and pursue a career involving humanitarian aid. I am very excited for opportunities to study abroad, participate in fellowships, and be an innovative contributor to non-profit work. I hold big dreams for the future-- and it means so much to me that APIASF is supportive of them. I am extremely grateful and honored to be receiving the APIASF/BBCN Scholarship. My family and I are appreciative of this generous contribution to my education.

photo Kevin Xiong
APIASF/General Mills Foundation Scholar
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
College: Macalester College
Major: Education
Education Level: Freshman

Coming from a refugee family, my parents have always struggled to meet the needs of all seven children. Since 2004, all but one of my older siblings have been in college. Seeing how hard my parents worked to support my siblings through higher education, I grew conscious of their financial situation. Whenever my parents asked me if I wanted anything, I would always decline their offer. I knew from an early age that I needed to be financially independent to be one less burden on my parents.

With this in mind, I have held a job every summer since the age of 14. I have been participating in a city-wide program, STEP-UP, which helps place youth into summer jobs to introduce them to different professions.

Due to me having these summer jobs, it has allowed my parents to focus more on other pressing expenses. Since working, I have been able to earn enough money to pay for my own school supplies and clothes every school year. Because I always made enough money each summer, I did not have to find part-time work during the school year. Therefore, I was then able to dedicate all my time and energy to studying and being involved at school.

When my parents first came to the United States, they were able to receive a lot of help from many nonprofit organizations. Seeing how much they have benefitted from them, I wanted to be able to help the community as well. In the past four years, one of the clubs in which I have dedicated my time is my high school's service club called, LEOs In Action. I have received the privilege to be the vice president and president my junior and senior year, respectively. During my four years, I have done hundreds of hours of service and help fundraised thousands of dollars. Every dollar that we earned, were donated to nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping the less fortunate. In the future I hope to continue my desire to help out my community and give back to those in need, much like how my family has received assistance.

Even though my parents came to this country as refugees, they have been able to support five of my siblings through college. Although my family is low-income, I have always stayed positive and maintained high grades in rigorous courses. Having the opportunity to obtain an education will allow me to not become reliant on my parents. I want to be able to help support my parents so that they would not have to keep working so hard. Throughout my whole life, they have never had a break. They have worked so hard to please all of their children and to provide food on the table every day, a house to call a home, and an education to better ourselves. With the help of a college education, I will be obtain a career that I love and to relieve the pressure of working on my parents.

photo Hameda Dil Mohamed
APIASF/AT&T Foundation Scholar
Hometown: Portland, OR
College: Portland State University
Major: International Studies: East Asian
Education Level: Freshman

Being an immigrant in a new world has been a difficult circumstance for me and my family. My family and I didn't know how to read, write or even communicate in English when we got to the United States. My mother particularly had a hard time because she had to quit her education in Burma when she was eight years old because my mother and my grandparents immigrated to Malaysia. For twelve years my mother worked at a bakery which is where she met my father. My father is also uneducated with a situation similar to my mother's. After five years of marriage, I was born, and my mother promised herself that no matter how hard the circumstances she would make sure I was educated.

Even though I was born in Malaysia, the government didn't accept me as a citizen because of my parents. Being a non-citizen, I was not allowed to attend school for eight years, but my parents worked hard to get me a tutor once a week. My parents went to UNHCR where they help people having a hard time with their own government and need to relocate to another country to have a better life. Somehow my mother was able to get a lawyer for me and my siblings to fight for our right to an education. After thirteen years, my siblings and I got our citizenship, but as we fought for our rights we were also getting phone calls from UNHCR to go to America for treatments for my brother who had leukemia.

On September 29th, 2009 we arrived in the US. It was a complicated time for my family because we didn't know how to communicate, read, or write in English. It was difficult for us when we went to the clinic, DHS, and looking for a job for my father. As a freshman in high school, my life was less complex because I had learned to read and write in English. I now help my family and other immigrants who speak one of four other languages that I do which are: Burmese, Hindi, Bengali, and Malaysian. I'm still not fluent in English, but I'm improving.

From these obstacles I have learned that I was fortunate to come to the United States because I could go to school even though I wasn't a citizen. I have learned the value of education, and that with education I will be able to help my parents or my community. I'm planning to go to Portland State University next fall to study. My career goal is to become an immigration advocate because I don't want new immigrants to have the same hardships that I went through.

photo Sharjeel Syed
APIASF/Sodexo Foundation Scholar
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
College: Dartmouth College
Major: Biology
Education Level: Junior

My parents and I immigrated to the U.S when I was very young and we have faced a plethora of challenges that come from adjusting to a new country. Throughout this transition I have been blessed to have the support of my parents who have always been there to guide me. My father began preaching to me the value of education even when I was a kid in Pre School; He taught me to appreciate the privilege of education and understand how important it is in shaping one's life. Additionally, he instilled in me a work ethic and drive to succeed and to constantly improve myself.

As a kid I had very naïve aspirations: I wanted to help the world. But as my parents encouraged me to pursue my dreams and to dream big, I realized that maybe I could–or at least I could try. These goals coalesced around my interests into a career choice I made later in high school. Now I am in college working towards getting into medical school with long-term goals revolving around improving and revolutionizing healthcare. More specifically, I would like to one-day start a non-profit organization that opens and runs clinics in impoverished areas around the world to provide medical service to those people who currently do not have access to it and/or cannot afford it.

Aside from these professional pursuits, I believe service can be provided in any aspect and that every individual has something to provide their community. I have many extracurricular interests that I do and intend to also contribute towards in order to improve any community I am a part of. I hope that this scholarship can help me to continue pursuing these dreams, and as my pre-school self would say, "Help the World."

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