Introducing The 2018 EAA Scholarship Fund Winners

Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.

– Malala Yousafzai

Whether it is merely a means to eventually make ends meet more easily or a sustenance upon which the soul’s thirst for worldly knowledge can only be quenched, the pursuit of higher education is truly the path to enlightenment that every human being should embark upon in their lifetime. For young women like Malala Yousafzai however, her endeavor to be better nearly came at the cost of her very life.

Fortunately for young women (and men) in the United States, access to education does not come at so steep a price. It ain’t cheap either however. In tune with the decline of labor unions and, consequently, the middle class, Published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions increased from $3,190 in 2017 dollars in 1987-88 to $9,970 in 2017-18.” (CollegeBoard.Org) That is roughly 213% increase in just thirty years which when you think about it is just one generation removed!

If the attempt on Malala’s life did not deter her pursuit of knowledge then a little college debt should be nothing …relatively speaking of course. Every little bit helps which is why your union does more than just fight for fair wages. For the past twenty years, the Engineers & Architects Association has awarded college hopefuls with scholarship money to help ease the financial burden on their families. In 2015, the EAA scholarship committee upped not only the amount of scholarship money from $2,500 to $4,000 but also the number of scholarships awarded from four to five!

Among the five winners selected this year, four are promising, young women whose inspirational stories won over the heart’s of the EAA Election Committee and are certain to warm yours too. Before we introduce this year’s winners, we would like to acknowledge the commitments of the EAA Election Committee members:

  • Yul Johnson (Committee Chair, MOU 20 Governor)
  • Kevin Davis (Union Steward)
  • Hope Shaffer (MOU Unit Councilmember, Union Steward)
  • ToMai Nguyen (Union Steward, Finance Committee)

We at Team EAA would also like to point out that none of this would be possible were it not for our members whose dues (0.8% – lowest in the City) contribute to the EAA College Scholarship Fund. Thank you all and without further ado, meet the 2018 EAA College Scholarship Fund winners:

This year’s first recipient of the 2018 EAA Scholarship Fund is Niko Yamamoto, yet another alum hailing from Edgewood High School in West Covina, California. Niko is the son of Kirk Yamamoto, an LAPD employee who has been an EAA member for going on thirty years now.

Four Questions For Niko

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Niko: I will be attending Cal State Long Beach (CSULB)

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
Niko: In college, I will be pursuing Biomolecular Sciences and Physiology as my major. I have always enjoyed studying biology.

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Niko: Education is vital to living my best life as it will provide opportunities that I could not possibly have without it. Also, it will allow me to help the community.

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college?
Niko: I will miss my friends and playing competitive sports in high school; however, I look forward to the new people that I will meet in college.


Our next beneficiary is as pro-union as they come for someone her age. Considering her mother, Magdi Soliman (Public Works/Bureau of Engineering), has been an EAA union member for the past eighteen years, it comes as no surprise. Ladies and gents, we introduce to you the second winner of the 2018 EAA College Scholarship Fund is Ashley Soliman, a recent graduate from Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA. 

Four Questions For Ashley

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Ashley: UC Berkeley

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
Ashley: Sociology/Law

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Ashley: Keeping yourself educated is essential to combating ignorance in our every day-to-day lives. It is for this reason that I believe education should not stop after graduation and instead continue throughout the entirety of our lives. To live my best life, learning is essential.

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.
Ashley: I will miss being on my school’s editorial staff, but I am excited to dorm!


We have yet another progeny of an LAPD employee. Our third recipient of the 2018 EAA College Scholarship Fund is the daughter of Hong Yin, an MOU 1 member of three years. Meet Yingyan Wu, a recent grad from Upland High School, but first, a word of thanks from Hong Yin to you, his fellow EAA members:

I would like to sincerely thank the scholarship committee for selecting my daughter Yingyan as the recipient of the EAA College Scholarship. I believe that receiving this scholarship will positively impact her future.

– Hong Yin

Four Questions For Yingyan

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Yingyan: University of California at Irvine (UCI)

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

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Yingyan: As education gives me the tools to not only pursue a career but also develop world views and connect with others, it is one of the most important things I need to live my best life.

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.
Yingyan: I will strongly miss a lot of people I met throughout high school. Despite how much I will miss my old friends, I am very excited to creating new memories with new people in college. 


Unlike the other beneficiaries of the 2018 EAA College Scholarship Fund, our fourth winner recently completed her first year of college. It seems like only yesterday she had just graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights, CA. Her proud mother, Yadira Huerta (LAPD/Audit Division), has been an EAA member of one year and ten months. EAA, meet Alexis Huerta.

Four Questions For Alexis

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Alexis: University of Washington (Seattle)

EAA: Which major do you foresee yourself pursuing in college?
Alexis: Double major in Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice.

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Alexis: Education has always been the center of my ethos. It is the ultimate combatant against all forms of injustice and thus is the most profound force driving my goals and passions. It is through my education and its transformative capacities that I become equipped with the weapons to make meaningful change in the world. 

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.
Alexis: As a current college student, I do miss certain things about my high school career: friendships, teachers, and the close proximity to my family. However, it is when I came to college that my perspectives began to grow and evolve. I met unique individuals from diverse backgrounds with inspiring stories and histories that ignited in me an ardent to desire for knowledge. 


Any Trojans in the house?! The last of this year’s beneficiaries will be attending the University of Southern California this coming fall. Union sisters and brothers, meet Sydney Wong, a recent grad from Granada Hills Charter High School and daughter of Joo Young Yoo, a three-year member working out of LAWA. Joo Young wanted us to relay her thanks to her fellow members for this generous endowment towards her daughter’s college education. And now…

Four Questions For Sydney

EAA: Which university will you be attending this coming fall?
Sydney: University of Southern California (USC)

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

EAA: How vital is education to living your best life?
Sydney: I believe that having a good education is one of the most essential aspects of living my best life because having specialized knowledge opens paths for anyone with that experience to cultivate a better self, and eventually a better society to live in. 

EAA: Name one thing you will miss about high school and one thing you look forward to experiencing in college.
Sydney: One thing that I will miss about high school is my friends and all the memorable times I had spent with them. One thing I am looking forward to in college is investigating and researching new topics alongside amazing professors and expanding the horizons of my education. 


The five winners of the 2018 EAA College Scholarship Fund and their families were invited to the September edition of the Board of Governors Meeting. Wednesday September 6th would also mark the last time a Board of Governors’ meeting would ever convene at the World Trade Center in Downtown, Los Angeles. Below are some photo highlights documenting the festivities.

Photo Highlights