by Gerrye Wong, for Chi Am Circle
Twenty seven Santa Clara Valley high school seniors and community college students will have smiling faces when they receive Chi Am Circle Scholarships totaling $40,000 on May 15 at an Awards Dinner May 15 at the China Stix Restaurant in Santa Clara. As announced by Rose Tokugawa, Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee, “In response to our letters to all of the high schools in Santa Clara County and on our website inviting Asian American students to apply for our annual scholarship grants, over 100 applications were received this year. Our Chi Am Circle selection committee, consisting of Advisor Susan Lew Lee, and members Paulette Curby, Sylvia Eng, Carol Fong, Charlen Fong, Mae Fong, Colleen Gee, Beverly Harada, Julie Ho, Cleo Jong, Alice Lee, Pearl Lee, Aimee Leung, Dolly Leung, Lisa Liu, Aurora Louie, Teddy Sue, Chris Tom, Antonia Tu and Helen Yamauchi, had the difficult job of choosing the 27 honorees who demonstrated academic excellence as well as involvement in the school and community. Scholarships are awarded for merit and service as well as financial need.”
California Assemblyman Paul Fong, District 22, will be the keynote speaker, along with the students’ sharing their own stories and goals to the over 200 anticipated audience of parents and Chi Am Circle women. The dinner is open to the public with reservation information on website www.ChiAmCircle.org .
Chi Am Circle, a club I am proud to claim to have been one of the ten original founders in 1965, is a non profit Asian American women’s organization built on a foundation of friendship with a mission of service in projects which are diverse and affect a broad range of community involvement. Founded in 1965, the 100 women of this Asian American organization have supported young people’s achievements with scholarship awards for over 20 years. At monthly meetings, they provide membership activities that include educational seminars, attendance to Asian Film Festivals and field trips to Angel Island Immigration Station.
Chi Am Circle’s upcoming fundraising event, RAINBOW OF HOPE to be held October 3 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara will showcase fashions of six noted designers and models representing Asian American organizations of the Greater Bay Area. To be honored as Women of Distinction will be Eva Jones – Community Volunteer, Andrea Wong – CEO Lifetime TV. Kristi Yamaguchi – Olympic Gold Medalist. Proceeds will go to its Educational Service Fund which will give support to Children with Special Medical Needs of Autism and Scholarship Honorariums.