AAWC 2011 Scholars
Cecilia Moy Yep Scholar: Ting Ting Lu
Balancing mostly honors and advanced courses at Collingswood High School, volunteering, helping with family obligations and working part-time would present itself with many challenges. However, Ting Ting consistently exceeded in her academic achievements and graduated in the
top 10% of her class. Her community service included volunteering at Camp FCC (Families with Children from China), Collingswood Youth Theatre and Garden State Equality, which she considers her most influential experience. She feels her community service has contributed to
her leadership skills, taught her the value of teamwork and has encouraged her to pursue a career in the legal field. Ting Ting credits her parents for their encouragement and support to attend her dream school - New York University.
Peco Scholar: Si Li
Participating in many diverse school activities, community service and working part-time, Si
was still able to maintain high grades in mostly advanced courses at Central High School. She
held several leadership positions including President of the Math Club, Captain of the National Academic League and President of the Origami Club which she founded. The Club recently
made 6,000 origami cranes to aid the disaster relief for the earthquake victims in Japan. As one
of two student researchers, Si assisted on the project - "The Optimization of Cocaine Extraction from US Currency" which placed 1st at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition.
Her motivation to grow and challenge herself was evident in the special programs she participated in: Future Doctors Program at Jefferson University Medical College, Explorer Post Program at the District Attorney's Office and the University of Pennsylvania's Nano-technology Program. Si regards community service as her most meaningful extracurricular activity and has been recognized for her dedication. The first in her family to attend college, she will be attending the University of the Sciences.
Citibank Scholar: Pear Mok
Pear ranked second and consistently maintained high grades in mostly Advanced Placement
Courses at Academy at Palumbo. Extremely active within and outside of her school community,
this student-athlete was Vice President of the National Honor Society, a White Williams Scholar,
and a member of the Badminton and Volleyball Varsity Teams. Besides volunteering at school in
the Dean of Student's Office, Pear also volunteered at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She
regarded this community service as an opportunity to give back for the educational guidance
and support she received. Pear was also an integral part of the school's "Toys for Tots" Drive and
"Crazy Hat Day" which helped raised funds for children with cancer. She will enter Temple University to pursue her studies toward becoming a family nurse practitioner.
The Powell Family Foundation Scholar: Kelly Tran
"This dedicated student has managed to balance both academics and extracurricular activities,
as well as, serve as a school leader and in the community." These words by one of her teachers sum up our 2011 Powell Family Foundation Scholar. Kelly's various activities included: President of the Aspara Khmer Association, Co-Founder of Students Against Unjust Deportation (SAUD), member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Tennis Team and principal flutist in Central High School's Chamber Orchestra and flutist in the All City High School Band. She was enrolled in honors and advanced classes and ranked in the top 10% of her class of over 500 students at Central High School. Having lived through and escaping the regime of genocide of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Kelly’s family has emphasized the importance of education. She acknowledges this and dedicates all of her accomplishments to her mother. She will be the first
in her family to attend college and will be pursuing her academic life at Temple University.
Alma Belardo Arts Award: Jennie Li
Jennie is the first recipient to receive this AAWC scholarship that recognizes achievement in
the arts. A graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls, she aspires to pursue a career in the visual arts. Jennie has received numerous awards that include the Philadelphia Sketch Club Graphite Award and the International Baccalaureate for Visual Arts. She plans to attend Community College of Philadelphia for a semester and transfer to Tyler School of Art. Jennie will be the second member of her family to attend college, but the first to pursue a four-year degree.