Scholarships awarded to students are empowering gifts that assist in unlocking human potential. Financial support helps students BE students, allowing them to create, inquire and discover, and focus on their passion. It helps enlighten their minds to see the depth of possibilities available to them.
Every person is born with capability to shine. Thanks to our many unique donor-funded scholarships, many students have been empowered to be leaders, innovators, thinkers and doers.
For Alvin Lee, a student with ambitious goal of eventually becoming a surgeon, receiving Q.C. Memorial Award for Service was a huge relief.
“Aside from the academic pressure associated with trying to get into medical school, there’s always the financial matter in the back of my mind,” says Lee, whose parents were forced to emigrate from Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Seeing his parents struggle has shaped Alvin profoundly.
“Because of my parents’ language barrier, they were denied access to education, so I feel it’s a blessing to have this opportunity to improve our quality of life,” he explains. “But I feel like I’m carrying that burden and stress to try and achieve as much as possible, so that I can in turn help them. That’s why this scholarship is really helpful. It allows me to relax from those ideas and focus on my academics.”