Fourteen Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) students of

Asian descent will receive scholarships or loans ranging from $500 to

$1,000 at the Ninth Annual Asian American Scholarship Dinner on Saturday,

March 20, at the Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant in San Gabriel.

Many of the students are immigrants or first generation U.S. citizens with

compelling stories of academic triumph in the face of adversity. Many of

them have come from refugee camps and hardworking low-income families.

At the dinner, WesternU also will pay tribute to Matthew Yuan-Chin Lin,

MD, chief of surgery at Alhambra Hospital and chairman of the orthopedic

subsection at Garfield Medical Center.

WesternU established the Asian American Scholarship Fund to financially

assist students of Asian descent who are studying to become health care

professionals. Scholarship recipients are judged by three criteria:

academic performance, financial need and community service.

Asian Americans represent more than 20 percent of WesternU’s student body.

Many past scholarship recipients have gone on to become respected health

care professionals serving Asian communities, often pursuing their careers

in underserved and economically disadvantaged areas.

Those students to be honored at the dinner are: Linda Lin, a fourth-year

medical student at WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the

Pacific. Ms Lin, a resident of Irvine, is the recipient of the James Yee

Ginn & Mae Ginn Memorial Osteopathic Scholarship Fund Award of $1,000,

given annually to an osteopathic medical student of Asian-American descent.

Michael Chang, a Diamond Bar resident and first-year COMP student, will

receive a loan of $1,000, as will Goleta resident Christine Chen, also a

first-year medical student.

Janet Jo, a fourth-year COMP student and resident of Anaheim, will receive

a $1,000 scholarship, as will her fourth-year COMP classmate Nam-Phuong Lu

of La Palma.

La Verne resident Sally T. Turla