SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS & TIPS

This page is to highlight some of MKHS's scholarship winners. If you have won a scholarship and would like to be on this page, contact Mrs. An to let her know you've won a scholarship -- or even more than one!

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Kevin Liu, Class 2019

Kevin won the Alhambra Day Nursery Scholarship. He will be attending UC Irvine and majoring in History.

Write the essay. Don't worry about whether it's good or not. Give it a shot. Think about it. Over 1,000 dollars for a SINGLE essay if you win. I'd take that over working 20 hours any day. But uh, do at least put some effort into it.

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Kevin Liu, Class 2019

Kevin won the Alhambra Day Nursery Scholarship. He will be attending UC Irvine and majoring in History.

Write the essay. Don't worry about whether it's good or not. Give it a shot. Think about it. Over 1,000 dollars for a SINGLE essay if you win. I'd take that over working 20 hours any day. But uh, do at least put some effort into it.

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Amanda Hoang, Class 2019

Amanda won the Alhambra Day Nursery & Alhambra Teacher's Association Scholarship. She will be attending California State University Fullerton & will be studying Liberal Studies - Interdisciplinary Thematic Emphasis.

The best advice I can give is to visit the College & Career Center often and to find reasons to visit. Go to the College & Career Center, look at scholarships that you qualify for, and fill them out ASAP. Even if you don’t fill out everything in one sitting you’ll find it easier to finish applying for a scholarship that’s partially filled out compared to a blank one.

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Amy Uthenpong, Class 2019

Amy won the following scholarships: Asian American Association of Alhambra, Servant Leader, First Choice Bank, & Brightwood Alumni​.  She will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and majoring in Urban and Regional Planning.

Don’t be afraid of rejection. Applying for scholarships can sometimes have more benefits than having an actual part time job. Be authentic and don’t fabricate the truth. Apply to as many as you can. Apply for more local scholarships than online ones. Some online ones bombard you with advertisements and aren’t as helpful.

 

Check the College & Career Center every week for new scholarships and utilize all the resources you have. Apply, apply, apply! It doesn’t matter if you don’t win it because the essay you make can be used for another scholarship.

 

Make good relationships with your teachers or counselors so they can help you write letters of recommendation. Show your appreciation to the people who help you win or apply for scholarships because ultimately they want you to succeed. Make several good model essays that are edited by counselors and advisors so you can recycle them in different scholarship applications.

Create a google doc of your information and extracurricular activities so you can copy and paste them to scholarship application. You don’t have to be good at writing or grammar to write an essay. Have a genuine story.

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Chelsea Ng, Class 2019

Chelsea won the Hong Kong Schools Alumni Federation Scholarship. She will be attending UC Berkeley & studying Business Administration/Economics.

As a first generation college student, it wasn't easy navigating the roads to higher education. The College & Career Center was my GPS to success. They provide a tremendous amount of support to students like you - all eager to move on to college, or even the workforce.

 

My advice for you all is to take advantage of the resources you have, and actively seek to create new opportunities for yourself. Whether that be volunteering with an animal shelter, or taking on a summer internship. This is what colleges and institutions love to see. Anyone can get good grades, but only so much people would take that extra step in contributing to the community.

 

I cannot stress how important internship and work experience is. My first internship was in a public policy institute, and now I'm co-producing festivals? You never know where an opportunity will take you.

 

Next, make meaningful connections with your teachers and peers. Don't hesitate to ask them for favors like letters of rec.

 

Lastly, be proactive. I wouldn't have learned about this $2000 HKSAF scholarship if I hadn't dropped by the College & Career Center everyday to check in. In addition to the latest scholarship opportunities, the CCC is a great resource for your college apps! Ms. An and the CCC staff are remarkably knowledgable on the nitty grittys of this process! Good luck to you all! Let's go Aztecs!