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2014 Scholarship Recipients

Named Scholarship Recipients

Named Scholarships are a very special category of awards given in memory of, in honor of, or in tribute to individuals, groups or events. They are established with a minimum contribution of $20,000 and provide an annual $2,000 scholarship award. There are currently 14 Named Scholarships. 

The Hiroko Fujita and Paul Fukami Scholarship
Tony Ke Lieu
Charlotte, NC
Tony Lieu was the Valedictorian of his class at Garinger High School in Charlotte, NC.  He will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he plans to major in Business and Biology.  He is considering teaching and then going to graduate school.  During his journey through, Tony was president and/or vice president of numerous clubs, mentoring and tutoring middle school students, was a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, did weekly community cleanups, and volunteered at a nursing home.  His grandmother was his cheerleader and major supporter.  She passed away last year, which has given Tony all the more reasons to succeed in his future plans.

The Michihiko and Bernice Hayashida Scholarship
Hoang Le Nguyen
Charlotte, NC
“If education was an animal, it’s be a bird, flying me anywhere I choose and showing me things from new, invigorating perspectives,” says Hoang Nguyen.  He graduated from South Mecklenburg High School with a GPA of 5.24 and was among the top five of his class.  He will be attending Brown University in Providence, RI.  While not sure of his major, he commends the liberal education provided by Brown University, asserting that the Open Curriculum will provide him with “an appetizer for each discipline” so that he can find his truest academic passion.  One thing is certain:  Hoang takes a profound fascination in the sciences and mathematics, annually medaling in the North Carolina Science Olympiad.  He has participated in a variety of extra curricular activities, from a research oriented program called the MIT THINK Scholars program to shadowing a dermatologist twice every month.  Outside of academia, Hoang has also participated ina multitude of community services, from packaging food for starving kids in Nicaragua to tutoring ESL students over the summer, and his devotion to community service has earned him the prestigious Presidential Service Award.

The Nobu (Kumekawa) and Yosh Hibino Scholarship
H’Tiep Siu
Greensboro, NC
H’Tiep Siu, who goes by Jhen, is a graduate of Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC.  She came to the US in 2008, barely speaking English.  According to Diane Long, an English teacher, “She is a passionate student, understands the importance of education as she strives to do her best in her courses.”  She has progressed from an ESL student to a high school graduate with a 3.5 GPA.  She wants to be the first member in her family to have a college degree.  She wants to enter the medical field, possibly as a nurse.  She wants to be a role model for her younger siblings and return to help her family and community.

The Tama (Yoshimura) and Jiro Ishihara Scholarship 
Douglas Lee
Charlotte, NC
Douglas Lee graduated from West Mecklenburg High School among the top three of his class.  He says, “I am an observant, structured person, always observing every step I take, every word I say, and every choice I make.”  He plans to major in biology, especially botany, zoology, and the environment.  He is interested in science, math, history, technical computer skills, and business.  He would like to one day “find a relationship showing an accurate balance between humans and the environmental resistance (how humans may remain at a steady population without having fluctuations that may be negative to the Earth).”

The Audrey Logan Scholarship
Jennifer Xiong
Kannapolis, NC
Jennifer Xiong graduated from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC.  She graduated with a GPA of 3.75.  She comes from a large family of 11.  She wants her parents to see all their children graduate from college.  She plans to major in pharmacy and continue to medical school.  Her personal goal is to buy her parents a house.  She plans to return to her community to practice her profession. 

The Alice Abe Matsumoto Scholarship
My Nguyen
Charlotte, NC
My Nguyen graduated from Garinger High School among the top five students in her class.  She wants to major in pharmacy and minor in nursing.  She arrived in the United States nearly five years ago, not speaking English at all.  Since then, My has learned English and earned a GPA of 4.2.  She has participated in many school clubs, volunteered at her church and in her community.  She has overcome numerous obstacles through great effort and determination.  She said, “There will always be a moment when you will have to face challenges, but … letting those obstacles hold you back and degrade your hopes will never solve any problems.”

The Hasaye Hamaoka Mochizuki Scholarship
Sheng Yang
Hickory, NC
Sheng Yang was born on July 20, 1996, in Stockton, CA.  In her own words she says, “Growing up I was always the shy and quiet one when it came to meeting new people.  My freshman year of high school, I was interviewed for a job at the Catawba Science Center where I would greet customers, demonstrate science experiments, and teach children about our exhibits.  Surprisingly enough, I was hired the following week.  Working at the Science Center has really opened up my mind and my personality.  I became more relaxed carrying on conversations with strangers and even making new friends.  That was when I came to the realization that that is something I enjoy doing – meeting, educating, and assisting customers in any way possible.  That is the reason why my dream is to become a Pharmacist.  In hopes of being able to get behind the counter with confidence, I plan on working as a Pharmacy Service Associate throughout this summer and also my college years at Campbell University until I graduate.  I am greatly appreciative of this wonderful opportunity the NSRCF committee has given me.  Thank you for helping me come one step closer to fulfilling my dreams.”

The Koh, Mitsu and Dr. Kotaro Murai Scholarship
Megan Yang
Maiden, NC
Megan Yang graduated tenth in her class from Maiden High School.  She had a GPA of 4.7.  She said “I am Megan Yang, 17 years of age, and a proud daughter of Long and Mai Lor Yang.  I am currently a part-time employee at Jack in the Box .  To further improve myself in my ambitions, I am attending North Carolina State University in the Fall semester with an interest in the fields of general and bio-engineering, a rigorous field of mathematics and understanding of science that many women in modern society have failed to pursue.  My upbringing has grown me into a person of motivation to pursue who will pursue as well as attain an education that my parents were unable to grasp.  I have great hope that my perseverance will help me accomplish this long term goal.”

The Kaizo and Shizue Naka Scholarship
Yahara Touprong
Greensboro, NC
Yahara Touprong graduated from Southeast Gilford High School with a weighted GPA of 4.3.  He is planning to major in engineering and possibily enter the Air Force after graduating from college.  Yahara comes from a large family and wants to be an excellent role model for his younger siblings.  During his high school career he has been very active in sports, including soccer, wrestling, and tennis.  He has been involved in school clubs as his time allows. 

The Lafayette and Mayme Noda Scholarship
Huan Pham
My name is Huan Pham, I am originally from Vietnam.  I have been in the United States for five years.  When my family first moved here, we spoke no English.  I have dried very hard to be excellent academically.  I believe that the best result I have from my school is a good preparation for my future.  Also, I have thought that the best result in my studies as a gift I can give to my parents for their sacrifices to make me who I am today.

My mom has understood the value of education.  She usually told me, “The more education you get, the more useful you are to the community in particular and to society in general.”  It inspired me since I was a kid, I have tried to get as much knowledge as I can to better prepare me for my future.  Currently, I am a senior at West Mecklenburg High School.  I have been a member of the football and baseball teams, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, a member of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and a member of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).  I was lucky to have opportunities to work with professionals in these fields.

I choose chemistry as my major to work towards for my Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this fall.  I also plan to join the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at UNC.  After getting my Bachelor’s degree there, I want to take my education to the next level and earn a Ph.D. to serve in the Air Force as an anesthesiologist.

The Gladys Ishida Stone Scholarship
Lisa Bui
Greensboro, NC
Lisa Bui graduated from Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC.  She graduated 10th in her class.  She is majoring in dentistry.  In her own words she said:  “I believe that anything can be done through hard work and passion.  There is always something positive that comes out of everything.  If one is great at something that they do not like, then one would be phenomenal at something that they love.  That is why I believe that everything you do, you must do it with hard work and passion.  I will attend NC State University in the fall and major in life sciences.  I will enter the pre-dental program to start off my career as a dentist.  After undergraduate school, I plan to attend UNC Chapel Hill School of dentistry and also become an orthodontist.  

The Michi Nishiura Weglyn Scholarship
Crystal Thao
Conover NC
Crystal Thao graduated from Bunker Hill High School in Claremont, NC.  She had a GPA of 4.6 and was one of the 12 top students in her class.  She plans to major in business at NC State University.  During her high school career, she played on the tennis team for four years, participated in many clubs, and was a student speaker at graduation  Crystal also volunteers in her community.  She said, “I am thankful to have received this scholarship to help support my career.”  She wants to start her own business and help others in her community to start and/or improve existing minority businesses.

The Kay Yamashita Scholarship
Dow Bailey Xaysanavongphet
Morganton, NC
Dow Bailey Xaysanavongphet graduated from Freedom High School.  While in high school, she participated in numerous activities in and out of school, including gymnastics, dance, kickboxing, soccer. And cheerleading.  She also worked and was in the International Club and volunteered in her community.  Her goals, influenced by her grandmother, are to help people here and in third world countries.  She plans to attend Western Piedmont Community College and later transfer to a university majoring in business.  Eventually Bailey wants to establish her own business and create a charitable organization for people in third world countries.  She said, “I am extremely grateful for receiving this scholarship and being given the opportunity to attend college.  It has greatly helped my family and me.”


2014 NSRCF General Scholarship Recipients

The following students received $1,500 Scholarships:

Christy Mai Chang
West Mecklenburg High School
Charlotte, NC

Honey Chang
Bunker Hill High School
Claremont, NC

Brian Nguyen
Maiden High School
Maiden, NC

Kongmeng Yang
Bunker Hill High School
Claremont, NC

 

The following students received $1,000 scholarships:

Anh Ngoc Hoang Ha
Olympic High School
Charlotte, NC

Destiny Luna Lee
Freedom High School
Morganton, NC

Alyssa Ly
Rocky River High School
Mint Hill, NC

Aubrie Ly
Saint Stephens High School
Hickory, NC

H’Lois Mio
East Guilford High School
Gibsonville, NC

Xena Nguyen
North Mecklenburg High Schoo;
Charlotte, NC

Andrew Thavychith
Newton-Conover High School
Newton, NC

Mao-Gao Xiong
Freedom High School
Morgantown, NC

Emily Yang
Saint Stephens High School
Hickory, NC

George Ger Yang
Saint Stephens High School
Hickory, NC

 

The following students received $750 scholarships:

Angelina Lee
Discovery High School at Newton-Conover
Newton, NC

Katarina Lo
R.L. Patton High School
Morgantown, NC

 

The following students received $500 scholarships:

Vy Le Bui
Southwest Guilford High School
High Point, NC 

H’Lub Khang
Maiden High School
Maiden, NC

Mong Zavier Lor
Fred T.  Ford High School
Newton, NC

Elton Luong
North Mecklenburg High School
Huntersville, NC

Lynn Kim Nguyen
Hopewell High School
Huntersville, NC

Emily Thai
Saint Stephens High School
Hickory, NC

Laun Dang “Tommy” Vo
Saint Stephens High School
Hickory, NC

Alexander Yang
Bunker Hill High School
Claremont, NC

Cenyu Yang
Maiden High School
Maiden, NC

Justin Yenzong Lo
Fred T. Ford High School
Newton, NC