APAA Scholarship & Awards Gala

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 over $1 million in scholarships to more than 600 outstanding students at USC. In 2017 alone, the APAA awarded $225,000 in scholarships to 98 USC students.

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

2019 Leadership Award

Mitchell Maki ’82, MSW ’84, PhD ’93
President & CEO
Go For Broke National Education Center

2019 Leadership Award

Taryn Rose MD ’92
CEO & Co-Founder
Aliwingtec.com

2019 Service Award

Tony Choi ’81
Former Chairman
USC Alumni Association (Hong Kong), Ltd.

2019 Service Award

Chuck Miwa ’88, MBA ’00
Former Chair, Board of Counselors of USC Athletics

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 ’79
Michael Garrett ’67
Harun Hajadi MBA ’88
Irene Hirano-Inouye ’70, MPA ’73
Yosuke Honjo MBA ’98
John Iino JD ’87
Grant Imahara ’93
Andy Lee ’93
Scott Lee ’81
Kenneth Liang ’83
Bryan B. Min ’86
Glenn Osaki MA ’87
Haruki Rocky Seto ’99, MPA ’01
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

Rebecca Branham MBA ’13
Bob Chong ’77, MBA ’79
Frances Hashimoto ’66
Ysa Le PharmD ’94
Christine C. Lee JD ’79
Jennifer Lum ’82
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

 

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

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