2018 Scholarship Recipients
>With the awareness of the low turnout rate in Chinese American communities due to language difficulty, I joined a local Get Out to Vote campaign under a nonprofit organization called Asian Americans United. Because of my active participation, I was promoted to the position as a youth leader in the Chinatown Vote project. I organize volunteers to engage and help Chinese American citizens in terms of language translation and transportation services, so that more potential voters can exercise their rights to vote. Through our efforts, we have registered over 500 new voters. In this project, I enjoy playing a leadership role, and I learned that true leadership is to motivate and to inspire people to actually take action. In Villanova University, I will continue to develop my leadership skills, thereby strengthen my abilities to
contribute to the community.Yash Shah attends Penn State University as a part of the PMM Accelerated Medical Program. Yash graduated from Spring-Ford Senior High School as Valedictorian and was actively involved as President of Model United Nations, Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, and Co-President of Future Business Leaders of America. Passionate about the mission of each group, he worked to expand club membership, improve their activities, and develop club members’ skills. Yash also enjoyed playing tennis for Spring-Ford. Outside of school, he has been working with an international healthcare nonprofit to lead fundraisers, serve patients, and expand public health initiatives. Furthermore, Yash routinely volunteers at local hospitals, nursing homes, and community organizations. He became interested in medicine through his service and biomedical research experiences. In his free time, Yash roots for the Philadelphia Eagles, follows politics, and enjoys reading. In the future, he plans to attend Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College and eventually hopes to work as a clinician who improves lives while advancing healthcare systemically.
Priya Ahmad is a graduate of the William Penn Charter School with high honors and will be attending Occidental College (Class of 2022) in Los Angeles in the Fall. She is planning to major in Political Science. Her interests and hobbies include politics, martial arts, music, and community service. She led her school’s social justice club, sat on the school’s diversity council, and created an all-school event called Movies that Matter, which shows movies to spark discussion about challenging topics in today’s world. Her most meaningful internship was with the Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement, where she helped lead their Playstreet Book Club Initiative to give free books to youth all over the city so they can keep reading throughout the summer. She is immensely grateful for the support from the NAAAP.
Amy Le (aka “Bunny”) graduated from Central High School and will attend Drexel University. At Central High School, Bunny was the 277th Graduating Class’ Speaker At Large, choreographer for American Students of Asian Origin (A.S.A.O.)’s International Day performance, secretary for Philadelphia Diversity Conference (P.D.C.), and photographer for Central’s Yearbook Committee. As a proud Vietnamese American, she ardently volunteers at St. Helena’s Parish, where she volunteers at church events and choreographs many Vietnamese traditional performances. Bunny is honored to receive support from leadership development organizations such as NAAAP, and is excited to work with hundreds of talented Asian American leaders.
As a huge advocate for social and personal development, Bunny is always found reading, volunteering at church, and attending leadership conferences.