Scholarships and Awards June 2015

Scholarships of $1,500 were awarded to 20 college-bound seniors who are Chinatown Branch Library users, academically accomplished, and good citizens who serve their schools and communities. BestWishes in their future endeavors!

Fujimoto/Moy Family in memory of Nelson Moy, Sr.
Gold Stream Properties and Moy and Associates
(with California Resources Corp matching grant)

Jenny Tang, Downtown Magnets to UC Irvine
Hoang Nguyen, Downtown Magnets to MIT
Gary Gee, Downtown Magnets to UC Irvine
Elizabeth Bowen, R.C. Cortines to Fisk University

The Family of Dolores Wong in Memory of Dolores Wong

Mykel Stephens, R.C. Cortines to CSU Northridge
Angela Ubiados, Downtown Magnets to CSU SB
Jianwei Zhou, Downtown Magnets to UCSB

Mable Hogle in Memory of Buck Jue Wong, Jung Shee Wong, and Allen Hogle

Peng He, Downtown Magnets to CSU LA
Khanhlinh Le, Belmont to CSU LA

Paul Inafuku in memory of Ellen Inafuku

Yu Lan Cai, Downtown Magnets to UC Irvine
William Huang, DT Magnets to CSU Northridge

Marilyn & Lane Hauck in memory of Dolores Wong

Ericka Pham, Bravo Medical Magnet to UC Berkeley

Dan Hauck in memory of Edwin Luke

Aleck Sun, Bravo Medical Magnet to UCLA

Phyllis Chiu in memory of Tung Chen Chiu

Simon Chow, Bravo Medical Magnet to Bowdoin

Kit S. Wong Memorial Award by Dr. Richard Wong

Crystal Choy, Temple City to UC San Diego

Monterey Park Gem Society

Baolinh Le, Belmont to CSU LA

Paul Fitzgerald & Linda Bourassa in Memory of Jack Hom

Vanhien Nguyen, Downtown Magnets to UC Merced

Kong Chow Benevolent Association Award

Amy Wo from John Marshall High to UC Irvine

Benton & Jean Au

Shao Li Xu, Downtown Magnets to UC Berkeley

Joseph & Michele Chiu in Memory of Robert C.K. & Alice S. Chiu

Tracy Yan, John Marshall to UC Berkeley

At the Evans Community Adult School graduation ceremony, the Friends of the Chinatown Library awarded $500 scholarships to 9 accomplished students continuing to their first year of college. The scholarships were donated by Rebecca and Winston Bowen in memory of Mrs. Ricki O’Leary in honor of her many years of service to the LA Public Library docents, Susan Shum & Tommy Lieu in memory of Fat Lung Lieu and Ng Kam Ore Ng Lieu, The David & Pearl Louie Family Foundation, by the Fujimoto Family and the Moy Family, both with California Resource Corp Matching Grant, in memory of Nelson Moy, Sr. Best Wishes in College!

Gema Ortiz to LA City College
Evelyn Pelen to LA Trade Tech College
Lucio Alberto Toscano to LA City College
Eunice Martinez to LA Trade Tech College
Flor Rodriguez to LA City College
Sergio Guerra to LA Trade Tech College
Nahyeli Lopez to East LA College
Martha Diaz to LA City College
Noboru Mishima to LAUSD Career Classes

Congratulations to All

Standing from left to right: Flor Rodriguez, Martha Diaz, Noboru Mishima, Sergio Guerra, Eunice Martinez,
Lucio Alberto Toscano, Evelyn Pelen, Gema Ortiz, Nahyeli Lopez, and Yvonne Nishio

Ms. Nahyeli Lopez’s Story as told in her Scholarship Award Speech

“If my mind can conceive it, my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” Life is not easy, and for many people like me that did not have the opportunity to finish high school as a teen, life can be worse. Today I am honored to be here to celebrate the achievements of the students of Evans Adult School, who have completed the high school program.

This great achievement required: discipline, dedication, and courage. Discipline to go to school every day even after working hard day or night. Dedication to complete the required homework and assignments, when there were other things that you could or wanted to do. The courage to continue and not give up when life became complicated.

Nelson Mandela once said, “There’s no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life less than the one you are capable of living.” I can relate to these words. I was born and raised in a little town in Oaxaca, Mexico. I did not have the opportunity to live with my Mom, because she immigrated to Los Angeles. Instead, I grew up with my grandparents.

My grandfather grew up believing that women did not need an education. I was able to finish the 6th grade and he refused to allow me to continue with my education. But, I refused to accept the reality that most of the women in my family have accepted. At the age of 17, I immigrated to Los Angeles to reunite with my Mom. I felt lonely, even though I was with her. I had no friends and English was a problem. But I was hungry for knowledge, and on my way to satisfy that hunger, I found Evans. I started ESL and as soon as I learned the basic skills to understand I enrolled into a barber school.

I started to work and I forgot about the main reason why I came to this country. This was to get a higher education. That moment, I felt that I failed. But do not be afraid to fail, fail, and fail big. Go outside the box. Do not be afraid to dream big. But dreams without goals are just dreams. I am not telling you, do not have dreams, have dreams, but have goals too. I had dreams, but I did not have a clear goal. I thought that having a job and a family was all. But no, four years after my graduation from barber college, I found myself in a bad situation. I was a single mother with no aspirations; I was exactly what my grandfather told me I was going to be.

Once again I could not accept the situation in which I was living and I went back to school. When I went back to school, I was afraid to make a fool of myself and I found that by not going, I was being a fool already. I found that nothing in life is worth having unless you take the risk. When I finally took that risk, I found that it was going to be difficult, but who said life was easy.

I have managed my time to be a mother, a student and a hard working woman. I have learned that it is not what you have, but what you do with what you have. Today, I am happy to see that the people I love are here with me celebrating what I have accomplished. I want all of the graduates to think about and thank all the family and friends that have been, and still are there for you. Protecting us, directing us and the most important, correcting us. Say thanks in advance for what is already yours. Do not just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.

I would like to share a verse that a kind woman gave me in a difficult moment of my life. She said, “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. The road of success is not straight, there is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, red lights called enemies, caution lights called family, you will have flats called jobs, but if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called success.” Thank you!

The Friends thank Nahyeli for sharing her personal story and wish her much success in her life.

Former Scholarship Winner's Success Story

In the early 1990's, Frances Hui, was a student who won a Friends' Scholarship. She is currently a Reference Librarian at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She writes the following:

"Right now, I am working in Livermore at Las Positas College, which is a community college serving approximately 8,000 students. The students are wonderful and motivated, but the best part are my fellow librarians and library staff. We have a very supportive team environment in the LPC Library. At LPC, librarians have faculty status and I got tenure last year. . . .

Prior to LPC, I worked at the Oakland Public Library where I served as the children's librarian . . .

When I first graduated from UCLA in the spring of 1993, I returned to the Bay Area to start my job search. There were very few openings then so I volunteered at the San Leandro Public Library and worked part-time at Holy Names College in Oakland. The HNC job soon expanded into a full-time position and when the director retired I became the director of the library services. . . .

One of the first positive things to happen to me as a budding librarian was to receive the Mr. Jack Hom Scholarship. What an honor and thrill that was! Not only did the scholarship help fund my education, it was a great boost to my confidence to know that the . . . scholarship committee believed in my potential. So thank you again to Mr. Hom, the scholarship committee, and the Friends of the Chinatown Library. . . ."

The Friends would like to thank Frances Hui for sharing her success story with us.