APAA Scholarship & Awards Gala

Saturday, April 22, 2023
5:30 PM Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
6:30 PM Dinner and Awards

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. Previous recipients include mochi ice cream inventor Frances Hashimoto ’66; Justice Joyce Kennard ’71, MPA & JD ’74; Vizio founder William Wang ’86; KTLA Morning News co-anchor Frank Buckley ’87; and director Jon M. Chu ’03.

This is also a time where we celebrate our USC APAA scholars. Since 1984, the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association has awarded almost $2 million in scholarships to more than 800 outstanding students at USC.

We also celebrated the leadership and service of our esteemed alumni and the merit of our outstanding student scholars, while striving to advance the legacy of Asian Pacific Trojans.

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

2023 APAA Scholarship & Awards Gala Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor – $50,000

  • One (1) premier table with seating for 12
  • Four (4) complimentary bottles of wine or champagne at your table
  • Establishment of an APAA named scholarship ($25,000)
  • Full-page color ad in commemorative program book inside cover
  • Logo and recognition as Presenting Sponsor on APAA main website

Platinum Sponsor – $25,000

  • One (1) VIP table with seating for 12
  • Three (3) complimentary bottles of wine or champagne at your table
  • Full-page color ad in commemorative program book
  • Logo and website link on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website

Gold Sponsor – $10,000

  • One (1) premium table with seating for 10
  • Two (2) complimentary bottles of wine at your table
  • Full-page color ad in commemorative program book
  • Logo on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website

Cardinal Sponsor – $7,000

  • One (1) preferred table with seating for 10
  • Two (2) complimentary bottles of wine at your table
  • ½ page color ad in commemorative program book
  • Listing on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website

Trojan Sponsor – $5,000

  • One (1) table with seating for 10
  • ½ page black and white ad in commemorative program book
  • Listing on Scholarship and Awards Gala event website

Student Table  Sponsor (limit to 6) – $3,500

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  $400

Couple Tickets (Admission for two (2) to gala)   $750

Young Alumni*/Student Ticket  $350

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

Commemorative Program Tribute Ads

Full-page Color (5″ x 8″): $1,500

Half-page Color (5″ x 3 7/8″): $750

Please send high resolution art files in JPG or PDF (min. 300 dpi) format to ateng@usc.edu by Friday, March 31, 2023 to be included in the printed program.

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 31, 2023.

2023 Leadership Award

Husodo Angkosubroto ’77
Chairman, PT Gunung Sewu Kencana (Indonesia)

2023 Service Award

Pranav Shah ’05
Founder/President, Off The Grid Management

2023 Leadership Award

Gay Yuen PhD ’95
Board Chair, Friends of the Chinese American Museum

2023 Young Alumni Award

Sean Miura ’10
Supervising Producer, About To Eat (BuzzFeed);
Producer/Lead Curator, Tuesday Night Cafe

Past Honorees

APAA President’s Award

Steven B. Sample
Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr. ’83


APAA Leadership Award

Frank Buckley ’87
Junita Ciputra MBA ’88
Tim Dang ’80
Fung Der ’78, MBA ’79Wenda 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


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
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
Ken Ochiai ’06
Justin Tandingan MPP ’14


APAA Corporate Leadership Award

Union Bank of California


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
Nguoi Viet
The Philippine News
Radio Korea
The Rafu Shimpo

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

Past Award Photos

2022 | 2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 |2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

We would like to thank your sponsors for supporting our first virtual 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.


Kodomo 3, LLC


Eric & Sheree Gotuaco
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Mitchell & Deena Lew
Rod & Elsie Nakamoto
Jamison Services


Bank of America
David & Linda Ikegami
Stephanie & Teiji Kawana
Stephen K. Takeda
Karen Wong & Scott Lee
USC Alumni Association
USC Credit Union


Darren & Sandy Chu
Ernst & Young
John & Eva Iino
J. Morey Co., Inc.
Curtis C. Jung & Lynn Hatashita-Jung
Gregg Lee
Patricia & Harry Mar
Union Bank
Kent Ochiai & Ruth Kawakami
Janice Tanaka
USC Marshall School of Business
USC University Relations


Gala contributions are tax-deductible with the exception of $150 if your sponsorship/ticket comes with dinner. Individual admission (no meals or wine included) is 100% tax-deductible.