Royce H. – 2017 & 2018 recipient
Dear Dr. Chou, I hope this email finds you well. It’s student, the 2017/2018 recipient (Cohort 5). I’ve decided to send an update after my first semester at UC Berkeley. I took 16 units and obtained a 3.825 GPA! I plan on graduating Spring of 2021 with a Data Science degree! I do not plan on applying for any internships at the moment since I will need to take summer classes and work in order to survive and graduate on time, but when I do I will definitely update you all! I noticed that the AJ Wang website seems a bit outdated with the success stories/testimonials. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help, whether it be providing a testimonial or even be a remote peer mentor! I owe a large portion of my success to the funding from the AJ Wang Foundation, and I would love to give back!
Affan R. – 2017 & 2018 recipient
Hello Dr. Chou, I am writing this email to inform you that I have been accepted to USC and will be joining the class of 2022 starting this upcoming fall semester. I will thus no longer be eligible to receive the checks for the A.J. Wang Scholarship from this point forward. Thank you for all that your organization has done and for helping make my community college experience an enjoyable one.
Trinh D. – 2016 & 2017 recipient
This Spring semester will be the last semester for me attending a community college. I have been accepted into Cal State San Bernardino and will be attending in the Fall. I want to say thank you so much for this amazing opportunity and support. It’s these opportunities that I think really drive students like myself forward in the academic world. I hope to use your generosity and become successful so that I can contribute back to this world. I am honored and will always be thankful for this support.
Darya A. – 2016 & 2017 recipient
I wanted to let you know that I am finishing up my spring semester at Moorpark. I will be transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the fall of 2018 and majoring in Journalism where I hope to fulfill my career as a News Anchor. I wanted to say thank you for this scholarship which has been very helpful during my time at Moorpark College. I couldn’t have finished my college career without the help of the AJ Wang Foundation.
Justin W. – 2016 & 2017 recipient
I am currently attending Santa Monica College, but I have been admitted to Brigham Young University and will be transferring there for the Winter 2018 session. I am so grateful to be an AJ Wang Scholar and to have the support and backing of such a great organization. The AJ Wang Foundation has allowed me to focus on school and now be able to attend my dream school.
Stephany G. – 2014, 2015 & 2016 recipient
I know this is long overdue, but I would really love to take the time and thank each and everyone of you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this AMAZING foundation! Thanks to the support you constantly gave me, I actually went through Los Angeles Valley College and now am transferring to Cal State University Los Angeles for Fall 2017. It is great knowing that I am actually the first person in my family to attend a 4-year university, and it is thanks to all of you for supporting me throughout my journey. I recommend this foundation to as many students as I can, because of the fact that you are constantly seeking ways to help students succeed. Thanks to this foundation, I didn’t need to stress with finances. It is truly a blessing how such this small foundation could make a BIG impact on my life. I just want to say truly and dearly from the bottom of my heart thank you so much. I am really grateful to have stumbled upon this astonishing foundation and staff.
Daniela T. – 2016 recipient
Thank you for giving me the resources needed to continue my career. I’m very thankful to have the support of an awesome and dedicated organization that cares and works for others. In addition, I’m very happy to share with you that I have successfully completed my first semester at Ventura College with a GPS of 3.81, but this is also your GPA because you helped me to keep achieving my goals. I promise I will continue working like I am now or even better to hopefully in the future have the same opportunity to help other students like me; students that are working hard to achieve their goals.
Irene E. – 2015/2016 recipient
I’d like to take the time to express my sincere gratitude for the generous scholarship you awarded me. I appreciate your recognition of my efforts. In a time where governmental support of higher education has been decreasing, this scholarship enabled me to focus on my studies without financial uncertainty. With the money I was able to purchased my books as well as other school materials and food. Ventura College allowed me to start my academic journey and I was able to grow as a person. I hope what I have learned at Ventura College makes a difference in people’s lives, the same way that you have made a difference in mine. I will certainly not forget your generosity.
Janet P. – 2015/2016 recipient
I accomplished so much more than I would have thought when I first got to Moorpark but I couldn’t have done it with out your support. You have been an amazing blessing to me and my family.
Herb D. – father of Andy D. 2015/2016 recipient
Thank you so much Dr. Chou for all your help & support, as well as the Foundation, with Andy’s college endeavors.
Andy is doing well and is looking forward to continuing his education.
Philip C. – 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 recipient
Please let the foundation know that I am very thankful for the scholarship these past 3 years. This foundation have played a big part in my academic success. I honestly would not be where I am at today without the amount of the support given to me by this scholarship fund.
Monica M. – 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 recipient
I am glad to report that I will be transferring next semester to UCSB. Thank you again for all that you and the foundation has done for me. Because of you and this foundation I have been able to stress out a little less and truly focus on getting the most out of my education.
Julia R. – 2015/2016 recipient
I can’t thank you enough again for awarding me this scholarship two years ago, I have felt so blessed to have the support of your foundation these two particularly tumultuous years through community college. Thank you again for all your support and assistance, this means the world to me.
Boris R. – 2014/2015 recipient
The AJ Wang Scholarship has been such a great blessing in my life. After getting off a long tiring Friday night from work, I arrived home to find myself with tears of joy and happiness running down my checks. I had lost count of all the different scholarships I had applied and only to have my heart crush being turned down from all! I can’t stop thanking God for giving me the opportunity of being a recipient to such an amazing, kind, and caring organization. This scholarship has had a great impact on not only my life but my family’s as well because with this scholarship it has been enough to cover school expenses and still be enough to help my family out. This scholarship has also served as a motivation to constantly push myself to achieve my goals. Despite not being able to earn very much at my extremely tiring job, this scholarship has given me hope. It is a great privilege and I’m thankful and honored to be a part of this blessed scholarship organization and God Bless each and one of the donors, committee members, executives, and founders! Thank you so much for supporting and helping me achieve my goals so that I may be able to do the same for others!
Karen M. – 2013/2014 and 20/14/2015 recipient
I was fortunate enough to receive the A J Wang Foundation Scholarship Fund . I greatly appreciate the monetary help they gave me during the hard times my parents were dealing with financially. This scholarship has reassured me into continuing my college career. I was able to pay for classes, buy books, and put gas in the car to take me to school, etc. I didn’t have to depend on my parents for help and they were very proud of me. This scholarship has been a life saver for not only me but my family. Because of this scholarship that was given to me, not only have I continued my education but have motivated my younger sibling in also going to college. Thank You very much to those donors who made this happen. I know I will be successful because of You!
Celinna M. – 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 recipient
My name is Michelle and I attend Cerritos College. I have been so fortunate to receive the AJ Wang Foundation Scholarship throughout my time at Cerritos. As a Kinesiology major, my science books tend to be much pricier however, with the help of the scholarship I’ve been able to afford all the books I need and still have money left over to participate in school activities and school field trips. I couldn’t be any more grateful for this scholarship, it has allowed me to dedicate more time to school rather than spending it at a minimum-wage job. Furthermore, I am much more grateful for the people who form part of the AJ Wang Foundation; not only do they give financial support, they also give personal support. They go out of their way to unite all AJ Wang Scholars in a special ceremony to celebrate our achievement. Thank you AJ Wang Foundation for all that you have done and will continue to do for us. I admire your support and it only inspires me to do the same for others. Thank you!
Michelle C. – 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 recipient
Attending community college with the aid of the AJ Wang Scholarship Fund has significantly reduced the financial stress that I would have had while attending college. This has allowed me to focus wholly on my studies when I would have otherwise had to also worry about managing my educational finances.
Chris K. – 2013/2014 recipient
I would like to start off by thanking everyone from the AJ Wang Foundation. This scholarship has opened more opportunity then I could imagine. It has allowed me to focus more time into my educational studies without having to attain a part time job to go to college. With this scholarship I am also able to purchase my own books, gas, food, and sometimes even treat my family out for lunch. I am a Mechanical Engineering student at East Los Angeles College applying for transfer in the fall of 2015; in hopes of transferring to University of California Davis. I strongly believe with hard work, commitment, and support is the key to becoming successful in any task. Hard work is our will to put in effort and time. Commitment is to face any obstacle and to never give up. Lastly, support is the most important because without family, friends, and organization, such as, the AJ Wang Foundation, it is difficult to realize how far we have come as young adults in achieving our goals. On the whole, this scholarship has helped me become more financially independent and I honestly would not be where I am at today without this amazing foundation. Again, thank you very much and one day I would love to do the same for others!
Philip C. – 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 recipient
I am currently attending Ventura College as a first year college student and I am a proud recipient of the AJ Wang Scholarship. This scholarship has been so much more than a financial crutch. This scholarship foundation has given me the drive and the confidence to carry out my education in a way that I would not have otherwise. Coming from a low socio-economic background higher education was always a goal, but the financial means of getting to the goal were always an obstacle that put my parent’s wallets to shame. With the AJ Wang Scholarship along with other financial aid I was able to quit one of my two jobs and dedicate myself even more to being the best student I can possibly be.
Not only has this scholarship given me gas money to go to another city ever day for better education, bought me books necessary for my daily classes, and given me the ability to buy my supplies without worries, but it has also given me confidence in knowing I am not the only one who believes in my dreams. I know that this foundation believes in me and in a movement dedicated to the empowerment of society through education and awareness.
Monica M. – 2014/2015 recipient
Cerritos College is very grateful to the AJ Wang Foundation scholarship fund. Long after the money has been spent on books, tuition and supplies, the recipients of the AJ Wang Foundation Scholarship will be motivated by the knowledge that there were generous people who helped students fulfill their educational goals.
Steve Richardson – Executive Director – Cerritos College Foundation
On behalf of Santa Monica College, I would like to thank the AJ Wang Scholarship Fund for its continued support of SMC students. The support by the Scholarship Fund allows those students who excel in their studies to continue to do so without the stress and worry of not completing their education due to financial need.
Committed students know that in order to achieve their life goals, a good education and dedication to studying is a must and the Scholarship Fund allows many of these students who, without financial assistance from the Scholarship Fund, would never realize their dreams of obtaining a degree or to transfer to a university.
Again, thank you for your continued support and for helping our students to continue on their path to completing their education.
Chui L. Tsang – Superintendent/President – Santa Monica College
Please convey our deepest gratitude to the Wang family for their donation to our scholarship program. The college is very fortunate to have such a good friend who understand the value of providing financial assistance to our students.