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