Jesuit Community Founds Asian-American Scholarship

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Beginning this year, the University will honor an outstanding undergraduate of Asian descent with a $1,000 scholarship recently established by the Boston College Jesuit Community.

The award will be presented by University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, at the first Boston College Asian Culture Evening on Saturday, April 27 in the Vanderslice Hall Cabaret Room. The event, which is expected to become an annual campus function, will begin at approximately 8 p.m.

Nominees for the Asian-American Scholarship will be juniors with at least a 3.0 grade point average who have shown a devotion to academic achievement and community service. A student's financial need will also be considered, according to scholarship committee Co-chairs John Dineen, SJ, and Assoc. Prof. Ted Youn (SOE).

"We are extremely happy to add another scholarship award to those already in place which honor AHANA students," Fr. Dineen, the special assistant for University Development, said. "The Asian-American Scholarship affirms Boston College's commitment to having a diverse student body and a rich campus culture."

Youn said the scholarship and the event will serve as a tribute to the "rich and significant contributions" Asian-Americans have made to the US and the expansion of democratic institutions. The Asian-American struggle for justice and commitment to education as a means of achieving equality, he said, has inspired "those who dedicate themselves to learning and helping others less fortunate."

Other members of the scholarship committee are: Dean of Enrollment Management Robert Lay, Financial Aid Director Bernard Pekala, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Joseph Burns, Assistant Dean for Student Development Jean Yoder, Prof. Ramsay Liem (Psychology), Assoc. Prof. Francis Soo (Philosophy), Asst. Prof. Gary Yee (SOE), Hae Han '97 and Steve Kim '98.

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