C.A.C.A. Portland Lodge conducts virtual Awards Program

On 6-28-20 the Portland Lodge held its first-ever virtual awards program to honor the

2020 scholarship and essay winners. The mistress of ceremonies was President Kittie Kong and attended by approximately 30 participants. Our keynote speaker was Alex Hsu; an alumnus from Cleveland High School here in Portland. He majored in economics at Stanford University and has worked with many companies including Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and Sony. Alex encouraged the students to find what they are good at, are passionate about, and pursue it relentlessly. “Success is when

work is no longer considered work.” He encouraged the students to work hard and warned that there are no shortcuts.


Outlining these points:

1. Opportunities present because of hard work.

2. Keep learning. Graduating from college is more than just a degree, it is where

we learn how to learn.

3. Don’t be afraid to fail, as we can learn from failure.

4. Be flexible when starting out on a career path. Don’t let titles, salary, or

company names dictate career choices.

5. Adhere to the “Golden Rule” – treat others as you want to be treated yourself.

6. Things are relative; when you think you’ve reached or achieved a goal you will

see that there are higher goals to achieve. So don’t take things too seriously.

7. Take care of your body, mind, and spirit.

8. He highlighted the mission of C.A.C.A. and encouraged the students to give back to their community.

Essay Contest

On March 7, 2020, the Portland Lodge hosted 16 essay participants at the Asian

Health and Service Center. This contest has a forty-plus years’ history and is

intended to foster creative thinking, self-expression, and encourage an awareness of

current local and world events.

This years’ subject matter was the 2020 census. The importance of the census,

reasons for undercounting, the challenges for Asians, and ideas on how to encourage

people to complete the census.

The contest was mentored by Kittie Kong, and judged by Wisdom Ming, Gloria Lee,

and Kent Lee.

We thank Holden Leung (CEO of Asian Health and Service Center) for donating the

use of meeting space.

First Place ($100) - Marquesa Calderon – Graduated from

the International School of Beaverton. She will be attending

Hawaii Pacific University and major in environmental

science. She wants to improve conservation efforts around

the world and study or work abroad.

Marquesa also won a National Merit Award ($100) from

National C.A.C.A.

Second Place ($50) - Calvin Phuong – Graduated from

Clackamas High School. Calvin will be attending University

of Portland, majoring in computer science while also fulfilling

the pre-med requirements. He’d like to work in the computer

technology field, but could also end up being a medical physician.

Third Place ($50) - Kevin Men – Graduated from Sunset

High School. Kevin will major in mechanical engineering at

The University of California Berkeley. He hopes to work at one of

the technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Kevin also won a National Merit Award ($100) from National


David Quan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a top student who is planning a course of study leading to a career in the medical/healing arts. Funding for this scholarship comes from Franklin and Sharry Quan in honor of their son.

Ashwin Sannecy – Graduated from Westview High School.

This fall Ashwin will be attending the University of Pennsylvania.

He will be in the Vagelos Biochemistry Advanced Program, as

well as following the pre-medicine track. His future plans are

to be an oncologist.

This scholarship is for $1000.

Fred G. Lee Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit the virtues of high Scholastica, leadership in school, and community activities. The C.A.C.A. Portland Lodge has presented this scholarship for 41 years. And this year a record-breaking fifty-six applications were received. Betty Jean Lee led the team of judges - Leiann Bonnet,

Joan Harvey, Justin Kwong, and Helen Ying through the evaluation process. This year the judges determined that there were six top students and decided to give three honorable mention awards. A big thank you goes out to our team of judges.

First Place - Grace Healy – graduated from Cleveland High

School. She has been studying Mandarin since the age of

3. She will attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall and

earned freshman direct admission into the nursing program.

This scholarship is for $4000.

Second Place - Vivek Kumar – Graduated from Sunset

High School, and will attend Vanderbilt University. He is

majoring in neuroscience and economics. His passion for

serving others leads him to the field of medicine. He plans

to be a medical doctor.

This scholarship is for $1000.

Third Place - Luc Ta – Graduated from Tigard High School.

He is going to Yale University; and will study cognitive

science, computer science, and math. In college, he wants

to learn more about the intersection of artificial intelligence

and human psychology. He is a first-generation college

student and is a self-taught musician. His goal is to become

a cognitive scientist and use his education to increase

access to educational opportunities for marginalized people.

This scholarship is for $1000.

Honorable Mention - Suyoun Choi - Graduated from

Westview High School. He will be attending Stanford

University where he will major in human biology. Suyoun

will be in the pre-medicine track and aspires to become a


This scholarship is for $500.

Honorable Mention - Mahadevan Subramanian –

Graduated from Westview High School. His college is

Brown University, where he will major in public health. He

wants to concentrate on childhood health and obesity

prevention, and eventually become a pediatrician.

This scholarship is for $500.

Fred G. Lee Memorial Scholarship

The Portland Lodge of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.) is pleased to announce that the 2020 scholarship application is now available.

Three scholarships will be awarded. One (1) $4,000 Scholarship; the award is $1000 per year, renewable for four undergraduate years. Two (2) $1000 Scholarships; the award is $1000, issued at the freshman year level. At least one of the three scholarships will be awarded to a student who attends a college in Oregon or Washington State. The eligible scholarship territory is Clark County (State of Washington) and Oregon high school graduating seniors. Chinese Ancestry is not a requirement for this scholarship.  The deadline date for the application is April 1, 2020.

David Lee Quan Memorial Scholarship

A $1000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving applicant majoring in the medical or science profession. The deadline date for this application is April 1, 2020

Tiffany Wang Arts Scholarship

Two students will be selected to each receive $500 towards a summer arts program.
These arts scholarships are offered for (1) pre-college student (grades 9-11) who are interested in attending a summer arts program, (2) demonstrated financial need and (3) talent in the fine or performing arts.

Tiffany Wang Arts Scholarship Applications are due by April 1, 2020.

National Essay Contest

Top Prize:$1000.00

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020, commencing at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 11:30 a.m. (computer laptop participants) or 12:00 p.m. (Blue Book participants) 

Location:  Asian Health & Service Center

              9035 SE Foster Rd

              Portland, OR 97266-4617

Must register by March 2, 2020


Gold Mountain Scholarship

Amount: $2000.00


For Asian-American and Pacific Islander High School Seniors who will be a first-generation college student

Date: April 13, 2020



Other Scholarships and AAYLC