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 2020 alone, the APAA awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 88 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.

This year, for the safety and well-being of our alumni, the APAA Scholarship and Awards Gala was held virtually.

Thank you for those who attended and/or supported our virtual program! If you didn’t get a chance to attend live, you can catch a recording of it by clicking “watch” button below.

Gala Program Book


Gala Virtual Backgrounds

APAA Gala Invitation Background

APAA Gala Step & Repeat Banner Background

APAA Gala Traveler Background

APAA Gala Table Orchids Background

2021 Leadership Award

Baldwin Marchack DDS ’71

Owner, Pasadena Prosthodontics, LLC

2021 Leadership Award

Sidney Kanazawa JD ’78
Alternative Resolution Centers LLC

2021 Service Award

Julie Benniardi BS ’91
Co-Founder, ReWeave LA

2021 Young Alumni Award

Justin Galvan Tandingan MPP ’14
Managing Director, Teach for America

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
Sabrina Kay MBA ’05
Andy Lee ’93
Scott Lee ’81
Kenneth Liang ’83
Mitchell Maki ’82, MSW ’84, PHD ’93
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

Rebecca Branham MBA ’13
Tony Choi ’81
Bob Chong ’77, MBA ’79
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


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

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.

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.