Scholarship and Awards Gala

Join us at the 2024 Scholarship and Awards Gala on April 13, 2024, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

The annual Scholarship and Awards Gala is the premier event sponsored by the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA). Every year, the APAA pays tribute to distinguished members of the Asian Pacific Islander Trojan Family.

We would like to thank our sponsors and attendees for supporting our annual APAA Scholarship and Awards Gala. As our main fundraiser of the year, your support allows us to continue to provide scholarships to our undergraduate and graduate students at USC as well as developing programming to engage alumni lifelong and worldwide.

We look forward to celebrating this year’s highly respected slate of honorees. We will also highlight our amazing USC APAA scholars. Since 1984, the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to outstanding students at USC.

All proceeds from the gala directly benefit generations of USC students and alumni through the APAA scholarship endowment and our worldwide alumni programs.

2024 Honorees

2024 Leadership Awards

Curtis Jung

Curtis C. Jung ’83  

Founder, Jung & Yuen LLP

Young Kim

Young Kim ’94

Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, CA 40th District

Jaime L. Lee

Jaime L. Lee ’06, JD ’09  

Trustee, USC Board of Trustees and CEO, Jamison Realty, Inc.

2024 Legacy Award

Yoshio Nakamura

Yoshio C. Nakamura ’52, MFA ’53

Artist, Educator, and Decorated U.S. WWII Veteran

2024 Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting our annual APAA Scholarship and Awards Gala. As our main fundraiser of the year, your support allows us to continue to provide scholarships to our undergraduate and graduate students at USC as well as developing programming to engage alumni lifelong and worldwide.

CARDINAL SPONSORS

East West Bank
Schism Design architecture & interiors
Stefani & Patrick Takahashi

TROJAN SPONSORS

Frank Sim, CORE Alumni-Nor Cal
USC Marshall School of Business

Gala contributions are tax-deductible with the exception of $200 if your sponsorship/ticket comes with dinner. Individual admission (no meals or wine included) is 100% tax-deductible.

2024 APAA Scholarship & Awards Gala Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor (limit to 1) – $120,000

  • One (1) premier table with seating for 12
  • Four (4) complimentary bottles of wine or champagne at your table
  • Establishment of a university scholarship endowment for APAA ($100,000)
  • Color ad in digital program book and recognition on all printed materials
  • Logo and recognition as Presenting Sponsor on APAA main website
  • After party with the honorees following the gala

Platinum Sponsor – $25,000

  • One (1) VIP table with seating for 12
  • Three (3) complimentary bottles of wine or champagne at your table
  • Color ad in digital program book and recognition on all printed materials
  • Logo and website link on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website
  • After party with the honorees following the gala

Gold Sponsor – $12,000

  • One (1) premium table with seating for 12
  • Two (2) complimentary bottles of wine at your table
  • Color ad in digital program book and recognition on all printed materials
  • Logo on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website
  • After party with the honorees following the gala

Cardinal Sponsor – $8,000

  • One (1) preferred table with seating for 10
  • Two (2) complimentary bottles of wine at your table
  • Color ad in digital program book and recognition on all printed materials
  • Listing on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website
  • After party with the honorees following the gala

Trojan Sponsor – $5,000

  • Preferred seating for 6
  • Listing on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website
  • Recognition in the digital program book and on all printed materials

Student Table  Sponsor (limit to 6) – $4,000

Sponsor a table of 10 students to attend the gala. These seats will only be available to students and will not be used for alumni, guests or staff. Sponsors will receive recognition in the dinner program.

Individual Tickets

Regular Individual Ticket  $450

Young Alumni*/Student Ticket  $400

*Young alumni are graduates of USC who are 35 years old or under.

Table of 10. $4,500

Digital Tribute Ads

Full-page Color Ad (5″ x 8″): $1,500

Please send high resolution art files in JPG or PDF (min. 300 dpi) format to cshimaza@usc.edu by Friday, March 22, 2024 to be included in the digital program.

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Silent Auction Donation Form

For questions, please contact Carol Shimazaki at cshimaza@usc.edu.

All sponsorships are tax deductible with exception of $200 per person attending the event.

USC Tax ID#: 95-1642394

Sponsorship deadline is March 22, 2024.

Past Honorees

APAA President’s Award

  • Steven B. Sample
  • Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr. ’83

APAA Leadership Award

  • Husodo Angkosubroto ’77
  • Frank Buckley ’87
  • Junita Ciputra MBA ’88
  • Tim Dang ’80
  • Fung Der ’78, MBA ’79
  • Wenda Fong ’75
  • Michael Garrett ’67
  • Sheree Roxas-Chua Gotuaco ’90
  • Harun Hajadi MBA ’88
  • Irene Hirano-Inouye ’70, MPA ’73
  • Yosuke Honjo MBA ’98
  • John Iino JD ’87
  • Grant Imahara ’93
  • Sabrina Kay MBA ’05
  • Sidney Kanazawa JD ’78
  • Andy Lee ’93
  • Scott Lee ’81
  • Kenneth Liang ’83
  • Mitchell Maki ’82, MSW ’84, PHD ’93
  • Baldwin W. Marchack DDC ’71
  • Bryan B. Min ’86
  • Glenn Osaki MA ’87
  • Taryn Rose MD ’92
  • Haruki Rocky Seto ’99, MPA ’01
  • Jon SooHoo ’84
  • Debbie Shon ’74
  • Nita Song ’97
  • Garrick (Rick) Wang ’88
  • William Wang ’86
  • Karen Wong ’83, JD ’86
  • Oliver Wong ’76, MBA ’77
  • Gay Yuen PhD ’95

APAA Legacy Award

  • Sammy Lee MD ’47

APAA Distinguished Alumni Award

  • Justice Joyce Kennard ’71, MPA/JD ’74
  • Kenneth K. Miura ’54

APAA Service Award

  • Julie Benniardi ’91
  • Rebecca Branham MBA ’13
  • Tony Choi ’81
  • Bob Chong ’77, MBA ’79
  • Darren Chu ’84, DDS ’85 & Sandy Chu ’85
  • Frances Hashimoto ’66
  • Wandy and Larry Jung PharmDs ’77
  • Ysa Le PharmD ’94
  • Christine C. Lee JD ’79
  • Jennifer Lum ’82
  • Chuck Miwa ’88, MBA ’00
  • Melody Nishida ’78
  • Tae-Hyun Oh ME ’83, EdD ’91
  • Pranav Shah ’05
  • Bong-rak Sohn MBA ’86
  • The Hon. Michelle Park Steel EMBA ’10
  • Ben Wong ’73, PhD ’78
  • Debbie Wong ’75
  • Francis Yamazaki MD ’81

APAA Young Alumni Award

  • Justin Chon ’03
  • Jon M. Chu ’03
  • Sean Miura ’10
  • Ken Ochiai ’06
  • Justin Tandingan MPP ’14

APAA Corporate Leadership Award

  • Union Bank of California
  • Verizon

APASG* Award

  • Jae Min Chang
  • Edgardo de la Vega DDS ’71
  • Yoshi Honkawa ’55
  • David Hyun
  • Mary C. Takagaki
  • Carl Tamaki
  • Kenjohn Wang
  • The Honorable Delbert E. Wong
  • Wilbur Woo
  • Joselyn Geaga Yap
  • Do Ngoc Yen

APASG* Founders Recognition Award

  • Irene Hirano-Inouye ’70, MPA ’73
  • Kenneth Kasamatsu ’68
  • Alan Kumamoto
  • Dennis Kunisaki
  • Mary Kurushima
  • Frank Kwan ’71
  • Michael Matsuda ’82
  • Sarah Miyahira
  • Karen Wong ’83, JD ’86

APASG* Media Award

  • The Chinese Daily News
  • FM Seoul
  • The Korea Central Daily
  • The Korea Times
  • Korean Television Enterprises
  • KTAN
  • Nguoi Viet
  • The Philippine News
  • Radio Korea
  • The Rafu Shimpo

* Asian Pacific American Support Group (former name of the APAA)

Past Award Photos

2023 APAA Scholarship Video

2023 APAA Scholarship & Awards Video

2023 APAA Scholarship Video

2023 APAA Scholarship & Awards Gala Photos