OCA Announces 2006 OCA-AXA Achievement Scholarship Winners
Washington, DC – Today OCA announces the 10 winners of the 2006 OCA-AXA Achievementsm Scholarship. The OCA-AXA Achievementsm Scholarship awards $2000 each to APA high school students who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability and community service, and who will attend a higher education institution this fall.
"It is wonderful to be collaborating with the AXA Foundation once again in 2006 in rewarding students based on achievement,” stated Ginny Gong, OCA National President.
"OCA-AXA Achievementsm Scholarship winners exemplify the kind of student we look for," said Pamela Gee, Assistant Vice President for the AXA Foundation, which underwrites AXA Achievement scholarships. "Our scholarship winners are young people who have accomplished something special, who show the determination to set and reach goals."
"OCA is very proud of the impressive accomplishments of the OCA-AXA Achievementsm Scholarship winners,” said Sharon Wong, VP of Education and Culture for OCA. "We wish them success in their college studies and their future careers.”
The 10 winners of the OCA-AXA Achievementsm Scholarship are:
Alexander Vang – Alexander, a student from Milwaukee, hopes to become a doctor so he can one day offer treatments to those without health care. He is a dedicated student who spent countless hours volunteering and participating in extracurricular activities such as the National Honor Society and Student Council. Alex also served on the American Red Cross First Aid Service Team and did research at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Anesthesiology summer of 2004. He will be attending Brown University
Bich Lam - Bich was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States when she was 13. Her busy schedule includes leading the Spirit Team and participating in the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Bich’s hard work has won her the Academic Excellence award two years in a row. She is able to balance all of these things while supporting her family with a part time job. She will be attending the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where she plans on becoming a dentist.
Crystal Shaneyfelt - Crystal is fueled by a desire to rescue people in need of help. As a person who has gone through the foster care system, she has turned her foster care experience and her desire by showing a balance in diverse extracurricular activities and academics. She is a member of the Hawaii Swim club, the Waiakea Judo Club and served as a Cadet Deputy Commander of the Civil Air Patrol Lyman Field Composite Squadron. Amanda also placed first in the 2005 Robotics State Championship. She will be attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo hoping to become a surgeon.
Felix Lee - Felix is from San Gabriel, CA. His list of accomplishments includes recognition by the National Honor Society, California Scholar Federation, U.S. Heritage Award and Odyssey of the Mind. Besides his volunteer activities with the local library and the Temple City Mentors Program, Felix earned Boy Scouts’ highest honor of Eagle Scout in 2005. He will be attending the University of California at Los Angeles.
Ka Yun Lam - Kay Yum resides in Bayside, NY, having come to the United States when she was eleven years old.Her academic achievements include recognition in the Science Olympiad Competition and receiving Certificates of Merit in both English and ESL. Ka Yun has volunteered for Tree Count for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and tutored children in C.C.B. School of New York. She will be attending St. John’s University where she hopes to become a pharmacist.
Kathlee Lee - Kathleen is from Alexandria, VA. While retaining a rigorous academic schedule Kathleen has also upheld an impressive extracurricular resume including the Indoor and Outdoor Track, Science Honor Society, National Honor Society and It’s Academic. Kathleen also represented her high school at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Seminar, Virginia Girls State and the Virginia Governor’s School of Math, Science and Technology. She will be attending the University of Virginia where she hopes to become a doctor .
Nancy Pham - Nancy is from Boise, ID. Her impressive list of accomplishments includes Lacrosse, Key Club, National Honor Society, Big Brother Big Sister, and numerous part-time jobs. Nancy has been recognized as the Boise’s Rotary Century Scholar and on Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Nancy will be attending the University of California at Los Angeles.
Sheena Yiu - Sheena hails from San Diego, CA. Sheena has been involved with numerous school activities such as Student Council, Volleyball and the Ecology Club, community projects such as the Sandburg Elementary Carnival, and serving as a library clerk at Mira Mesa Library and a camp counselor for the San Diego Juvenile Police Department. She will be attending the University of California at Los Angeles.
Tina Phu - Tina is from Rosemead, CA. Her impressive resume includes academic achievements in math and science and on the Academic Decathlon team. An avid runner on the cross country and track teams, she has also been an officer for the Students Advocate Voter Empowerment, LEAD Leadership Program and Science Club. Her interests have led her to pursue medical school at the University of California at Berkley.
Waqar Ali - Waqar is from Sacramento, CA. Waqar came to the United States at the age of 12 and has taken full advantage of the opportunities presented to him. He has done volunteer work at UC Davis Medical Center and Jaime Masjid and has tutored chemistry. He held leadership positions in the Muslim Student Association and East Indian Club while maintaining a high GPA and holding part-time jobs. He will be attending the University of California at Davis.
The AXA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable, Inc., one of the world's premier financial services organizations and a member of the global AXA Group, a leader in financial protection and wealth management. The Foundation directs the company's philanthropic and volunteer activities, working to improve the quality of life in communities across the country where AXA has a presence. Since 2003, the AXA Foundation has awarded over $13 million in college scholarships through its multifaceted flagship program, AXA Achievement, which provides resources that help make college possible: access and advice. More than 2,300 students, known as AXA Achievers, have received scholarships. For more information and to read about the 2006 AXA Achievers, visit www.axa-achievement.com.