Thanks to our wonderful benefactors, we were able to give 14 scholarships this year at our first All School Mass. The Woodrow Lee Scholarship fund was started by Mr. Lee to give back to the community he cherished. Mr. Lee was an instrumental member of the Chinatown community. Not only was he born and raised in Chicago's Chinatown, but he was also baptized at St. Therese Church and was one of the first students to attend St. Therese School. Congratulations to Sofia Master, recipient of this year’s Woodrow Lee Scholarship Award.
The Justice Laura Liu Scholarship Fund was created by Mr. Michael Kasper in Justice Liu’s honor, to give back to the underserved Asian American community. Justice Liu was a trailblazer for Asian Americans in Illinois' judicial history. She was the first Chinese American judge in Illinois history and was also the first Asian American to serve on the Illinois Appellate Court. In addition, she was a president of the Chinese American Bar Association. Justice Liu helped to make the Illinois court system more accessible to non-native speakers. Congratulations to Wesley Lo, Cassie Li, Isabella Ponce, Ethan Moy, Ryan Fung, Emma Chan, Aryanna Eng, and Sienna Wong, recipients of this year’s Justice Laura Liu Scholarship Award.
The Tong Family Scholarship fund was started by Mr. Tong to help those, who like him, may have come from humble beginnings but go on to achieve great educational and personal success. Mr. and Mrs. Tong were residents of Chicago's Chinatown - Mr. Tong's family lived next door to St. Therese Church! Mr. Tong was a champion of Asian American causes and actively participated in civic and professional organizations. Congratulations to Jocelyn Lin, Jocelyn Wong, Kaitlin Chenzhen, Natalie Kou, and Addison Lowe, recipients of this year’s Tong Family Scholarship Award.