2015 Scholarship Winners

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Congratulations to Kayoko Fong, Keith Nishihara, Alex Lee, and Jared Yamasaki…recipients of this year’s Yonsei Scholarships (with Yonsei President Jim Matsushita)

Sue Kamiyama Scholarship – Kayoko Fong

A graduate of Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, Kayoko will be attending Emory University (Oxford College) in the Fall.  She plans to pursue a degree in Human Health.

Kayoko participated in numerous community service activities with the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, the Huntington Library Arts and Gardens, the Student Philanthropists Advancing Real Change, Pasadena Bruin’s, as well as spearheaded many Westridge High School events.

She has also been active in various school organizations that help foster cultural and environmental awareness. She was captain of the Westridge Varsity basketball team and a member of the lacrosse team. She plays classical piano as well.

“Kayoko is always prepared to expand her horizons and she does not hesitate to push herself in the process where required and learn more about who she is in the process.”

Yonsei General Scholarship – Keith Nishihara

Keith graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and will be attending University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Bio-Engineering.

Keith volunteered many hours on the Hope Builders Youth Mission Team that repaired tornado-damaged homes in Alabama, Los Hermanos Service Club, Pediatric Therapy Network Special Needs Camp Counselor, Youth Works Sports Counselor on Crow reservation in Montana, and many other Faith United Methodist
Church (UMC), and Boy Scouts events (including Eagle Scout Projects).

Keith has also been active in various school and community organizations, including Kizuna Youth Leadership Program, Boy Scouts Troop 378, and Faith UMC Leadership Council. Keith was on the Palos Verdes Cross Country and Track teams and performed in the Faith UMC Orchestra.

“Keith poses a maturity of a young adult and is continuously showing kindness towards
those around him. It has truly been a privilege to have him part of our student
body.”

Yonsei General Scholarship Funded by AMNET New York, Inc. – Alex Lee

A graduate of Glendale High School, Alex will be attending Loyola Marymount University, pursing a degree in Health and Human Services.

Alex volunteered countless hours with the Glendale PTSA (Parent, Teacher, and Student Association), LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacific), Pasadena Bruins Youth, and Pasadena Buddhist Temple.

She has also been served as Associated Student Body Director of Athletics and Commissioner, Glendale High Link Crew (Freshmen mentoring), and Kizuna Youth Leadership Program. She was captain of the JV and Varsity basketball teams, is fluent in French, and Alex plays the viola.

“Alex is genuinely interested in helping others and provides leadership in a consistently
positive manner. She is an exceptionally responsible girl with an excellent attitude.”

Yonsei General Scholarship Funded by Kiboh Giving Circle / Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – Jared Yamasaki

A graduate of Valencia High School, Jared will be attending University of Southern California to pursue a degree in Computational Neuroscience.

Jared was involved with Circle of Friends, Valencia High’s largest student-run organization that seeks to integrate special-education students through lunchtime and after school activities, Crossway Church activities, and SFV Japanese American Community Center fundraisers and other events.

Jared was President and held Membership positions for Valencia High’s Circle of Friends, was a Church Pre-school Teacher’s Assistant, and F.O.R. Youth Volleyball Head Coach. He was the team captain for both his high school basketball and volleyball teams, captain of the Santa Monica Beach Club Volleyball Team (ranked 15th in So. CA – 15-age Division), and is the drummer in the Church Youth Group Worship Band.

“Jared is a scholar, athlete, role model, and even more importantly, has the integrity,
character, honesty, and charisma which will ensure his success throughout his lifetime.
This young man’s organizational skills, vision, and passion have helped insure that all
students with disabilities feel accepted and included in our Valencia High School
campus.”