Jeff Yang Memorial Scholarship 533 Floral Park Ter South Pasadena, CA 91030

2021 Recipients

Abraham Hernandez

Schurr High School
Stanford University

Abraham Hernandez is an extraordinary young man with limitless potential.  He graduated Valedictorian of his graduating class from Schurr High School and plans to major in Biology and Pre-Medicine at Stanford University.  Abraham has volunteered his time to serve his community — tutoring other students in math and science through the California Scholarship Federation and organizing a toy drive through the Eastmont Community Center.  When he was not excelling in school or giving back to the community, Abraham was working on the weekends with his father repainting and repairing homes.  He is motivated to succeed by his Mexican immigrant parents, who sacrificed a great deal for Abraham and his siblings.  His hope is to become a physician who provides quality healthcare for low-income, Spanish-speaking patients.  We are deeply honored to help him achieve that goal.

Lewis Wong

Temple City High School
University of Southern California (USC)

Lewis Wong has the passion and commitment to better countless lives.  Lewis graduated with an unweighted GPA of 3.96, while serving as President of the LEO Club (service club), Vice President of the World Cultures Club, and Drum Captain of the school marching band.  He plans to major in Biological Sciences at U.S.C. and pursue a career in medicine, influenced by his grandfathers’ experiences with cancer, dementia, and amenia.  The selection committee was moved by Lewis’s commitment to those in need: he volunteered to play classical music at Dignity Health Hospital in Los Angeles, to escort patients at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, and – during the COVID-19 pandemic – served food to the homeless at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles on a weekly basis.  We are excited to see the tremendous good that Lewis will do in his life.

Megan Tieu

San Gabriel High School
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Megan Tieu will make the world more sustainable, equitable, and just.  As a first-generation Vietnamese immigrant raised by a single mother, she graduated summa cum laude from San Gabriel High School and will be majoring in Economics and Urban Planning at UCLA.  While excelling academically, Megan served as President of the Environmental Club, was Managing Editor of the school newspaper, and worked as a receptionist at a nail salon.  Through the Environmental Club, she encouraged students and their families to calculate their carbon footprint and to try composting at home.  She even got the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education to unanimously pass a resolution encouraging community members to transition to renewable energy sources and to uphold environmental justice.  We look forward to living in a world led by changemakers like Megan.