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.

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Dear Fellow Trojans and Friends of USC,

I would like to thank everyone for attending USC APAA Scholarship & Awards Gala held on April 12th.  It was so enjoyable watching Matthew Wang perform, inspiring to hear from President Nikias, honorees Sabrina Kay, Jon SooHoo, and Wandy and Larry Jung, and to see so many of our stellar APAA scholars.  

Your ongoing support for the APAA and USC students is  greatly appreciated.  I hope to see you all at next year’s gala.

Thank you again, 

Brandon Lew

2018 Leadership Award

Dr. Sabrina Kay MBA ’05
Chancellor, Fremont College
CEO of Fremont Private Investments

2018 Leadership Award

Jon Soo Hoo ’84
Official Photographer, L.A. Dodgers

2018 Service Award

Drs. Wandy and Larry Jung PharmDs ’77
Long-time USC Volunteers/Supporters

Sponsors

GOLD SPONSORS
Jamison Services, Inc.
Dr. Sabrina Kay / Fremont College
Rod & Elsie Nakamoto
Yamasa Enterprises (Kawana Family)

CARDINAL SPONSORS
Bank of America (2)
Larry & Wandy Jung
Teiji & Stephanie Kawana
Brandon & Wendy Lew
Mitchell & Deena Lew
Christine Marie Ofiesh
USC Alumni Association
Karen Wong & Scott Lee

TROJAN SPONSORS
Curtis & Lynn Jung
Mark & Ada Kawa
Kenbo Project (Rei & Kelly Umekubo)
Dr. Shauna Lee, DDS
Los Angeles Dodgers
Mirae Asset
Reed Smith LLP / Ernie Ocampo
Nancy Nip Rouguine, Team Adhoc
Stephen & Karen Takeda
USC Gould School of Law
USC Marshall School of Business
USC University Relations
Union Bank
Karen Wong & Scott Lee

STUDENT TABLE SPONSORS
Madhu Anvekar
Bill & Raissa Choi
Brandon & Wendy Lew and Rei & Kelly Umekubo
Harry & Patricia Tom Mar

USC MARCHING BAND SPONSOR
Karen Wong & Scott Lee

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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