PCC supports Asian Reporter Foundation’s Scholarship & Awards Banquet

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Music, dance, culturally indigenous attire, and a family-style dinner catered by Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille contributed to the festive and celebratory ambiance of the 19th annual Asian Reporter Foundation’s Scholarship & Awards Banquet.

Phuong Nguyen, student scholar and PCC Vietnamese Club volunteer.

Phuong Nguyen, student scholar and PCC Vietnamese Club volunteer.

The event took place April 20 at the TAO Event Center in northeast Portland and was supported by Portland Community College, whose Advancement department and Cascade Campus partnered to purchase a table. Each year the event honors elders in the Asian community, recognizes community volunteers, and awards scholarships to youth. As the Asian Reporter Foundation’s signature event, the annual banquet strives to share, educate and celebrate Asian culture and heritage.

One of the scholars spotlighted this year was Phuong Nguyen, who was awarded $2,500 by the Oregon Lottery. Currently a student at Portland State University, Nguyen had studied at PCC and remains an active volunteer with the college’s Vietnamese Club.

Other awardees included:

Most Honored Elders – Benny Avecilla and Christine Chin Ryan.

2017 Scholars (Asian Reporter Foundation) – Ryan Horiuchi (Oregon Lottery, $2,500); Nancy Nguyen (Comcast NBC Universal, $2,000); Whitney Warth (United Way, $2,000); Dawa Dolma Gyalpo (City of Portland, $2,000); Ayush Kumar (Wells Fargo Bank, $2,000); Yan-Tung Choi (Travel Portland, $2,000); Phuong Thao Ly (Port of Portland, $2,000); Vivian Duong (The Asian Reporter, $2,000).

2017 Scholars (Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon) – Brittney Pioquinto ($500) and Maria Schaljo ($500).

Exemplary Community Volunteer Effort – Aguman Capampangan Northwest USA; Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Portland Lodge; and Lac Hong Vietnamese School.


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