Introducing 2017’s EAA Scholarship Fund Winners

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After much deliberation, the EAA Scholarship Committee emerged from the small conference room at EAA HQ with a consensus top five applicants. Before we get on with the grand reveal, let us first acknowledge the fact that none of these college scholarships would be available had it not been without your support. Thanks to your dues, your union has once again made it possible to lighten the financial burden for five college-bound kids from within your own fold.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

The five winners of the 2017 Engineers & Architects Association College Scholarship Fund and their families were invited to the August edition of the Board of Governors Meeting. Each recipient was awarded a college scholarship to the tune of $4,000. Meet the winners below:

Our first winner of the 2017 EAA Scholarship Fund is Ethan Vuong, a graduating senior from Edgewood High School in West Covina, California. He is the son of Gioi (Eric) Vuong, a City of Los Angeles employee of the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) and ten-year union member of the Engineers & Architects Association.

Quick 3 with Ethan Vuong

Ethan Vuong_2017 EAA Scholarship FundEAA: Which university will you be attending in the coming fall 2017?

Ethan: I will attend the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall.

EAA: Which major do you see yourself pursuing in college?

Ethan: Biochemistry

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.

Ethan: I will miss the small environment of high school and knowing who everyone is. I am looking forward to joining an extracurricular where I will meet my lifelong friends. 

The second winner of the 2017 EAA College Scholarship Fund is Edward Xu, a graduating senior from South Torrance High School representing the South Bay area. He is the son of Sharon Liu, a City of Los Angeles employee of the Office of Finance, Field Audit Unit and a twelve-year union member of the Engineers & Architects Association.

Quick 3 with Edward Xu

Edward Xu_2017 EAA ScholarshipEAA: Which university do you hope to attend this coming fall?

Edward: Stanford University

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?

Edward: Computer Science

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.

Edward: I will miss my friends from high school since they have been an integral part of my life for years. I look forward to learning more about computer science, business, and entrepreneurship through classes and clubs in college.

The Engineers & Architects Association’s third recipient of 2017 Scholarship Fund is a promising, young woman by the name of Ramata Franklin. She recently graduated from Maranatha High School in Pasadena and is the daughter of Adama D. Franklin, a City of Los Angeles World Airports, Internal Auditing employee and ten-year EAA Union member.

Quick 3 with Ramata Franklin

EAA: Which university do you hope to attend this coming fall?

Ramata: I hope to attend the University of Southern California this coming fall. 

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?

Ramata: My major is neuroscience.

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.

Ramata: One thing that I am definitely going to miss from high school is hanging out with my friends and having potent discussions about life and the world in AP literature. I look forward to experiencing and learning new things in college while chasing my dreams and indulging in the things I am passionate about.

The fourth winner of the 2017 EAA Scholarship Fund is Michael Chen, who only recently graduated from Temple City High School in Temple City, California. He is the son of Yu Fan, an employee of the Office of Finance and ten-year union member of the Engineers & Architects Association.

Quick 3 with Michael Chen

Michael Chen_2017 ScholarshipEAA: Which university will you be attending in the coming fall 2017?

Michael: University of California, Irvine

EAA: Which major do you see yourself pursuing in college?

Michael: Business Administration

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.

Michael: The one thing I will miss the most about high school is all the friendships I have made throughout the years. I have known many of my school mates since elementary school and all of the experiences we have been through together will truly be missed as many of us part ways towards different colleges.

In college, I look forward to exploring the different educational opportunities that UC Irvine has to offer. There are many fields within the Paul Merage School of Business such as finance, marketing, and accounting and I am excited to be going to a school that will allow me to learn with an open mind and endless opportunities.

Michael Chen_2017 EAA Scholarship Winners

Our fifth and final winner of the 2017 EAA Scholarship award is a graduate out of Servite High School located in Anaheim, California. Ladies and gentleman, meet Joseph James McGinley, son of Joseph R. McGinley, an employee of the Department of Fire and Police Pensions, who has been an EAA member since 2016.

Quick 3 with Joseph McGlinchey

Joseph McGlinchey Photo_EAAEAA: Which university will you be attending in the coming fall 2017?

Joseph: I recently finished my freshman year at Santa Clara University (Leavey School of Business) and will be returning in September to begin my sophomore year of classes.

EAA: Which major do you see yourself pursuing in college?

Joseph: Accounting

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.

Joseph: The one thing that I miss about high school is being on the school’s volleyball team. The one thing that I look forward to experiencing in college is having the opportunity to study abroad while studying Accounting at Cambridge University and securing an internship in London during Fall 2019.

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