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OCA Announces the 2013 OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholars

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OCA Announces the 2013 OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholars  


19 September 2013  


Mary Dynne Montante | Associate Director of Programs and Constituent Development
202 223 5500 |  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce the 15 winners of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship. The scholarship awards $2,000 to high school seniors who are the first person in their family to attend college in the United States. The recipients have also demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and a commitment to their communities.   

OCA and The UPS Foundation recognize that scholarships and financial aid are important in assisting students from lower income families attain a college education. Since 1999, OCA has partnered with The UPS Foundation to award 179 scholarships for a total of $328,000, including 15 scholarships this year.  

"By pursuing dreams of higher education, these high achieving students can have a profound effect on their own lives and the communities around them,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "Through these scholarships, UPS and OCA are providing the first step toward a successful future.”  

"The OCA-UPS Gold Mountain scholarships offer more than just financial assistance. It provides an opportunity for our youth to develop their knowledge into becoming leaders for their communities,” said OCA National President Sharon M. Wong.    

OCA honored four scholars at the OCA National Convention on July 18 – 21 in Washington, DC, in celebration of our 40th Year Anniversary.  Jia Chen, Grace Kim, Kimberly Nguyen, and Gabriel Rakin attended the convention Youth Track and were recognized during the Gala Awards Banquet.     

The recipients of the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship are:  

Yusra Ahmed
Barnard College  

Jia Jun Chen
Oregon State University  

Rui Heng Chen
University of Portland  

Anh Son H. Do
University of Louisiana, Lafayette  

Kainaat Javed
Barnard College  

Grace Kim
Amherst College  

Zoe Juliana Kintaro
University of Hawaii, Hilo  

A Lee
St. Cloud State University  

Yu Ting Li
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities  

Kimberly Nguyen
University of Rhode Island  

Gabriel Ishmael Rakin
University of Arkansas  

Suk Sapkota
Tarleton State University  

Sarita Marie Smith 
Iowa State University  

Nayab Shahid
Barnard College  

Shelly Zeng
University of California, Davis  

About The UPS Foundation  

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2012, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $97.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at To get UPS news direct, visit  

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