OCA-WHV Youth Awards

OCA-WHV’s Youth Awards Program celebrates the achievements of talented Asian American high school juniors and seniors from local communities. We give two kinds of awards every year in a fall competition.

  • Up to ten merit-based Student Leadership Awards ($200). This well-known merit-based award recognizes the achievements of exceptional API student leaders from area high schools and language schools. Non-Asians who demonstrate a keen interest in Asian language and culture are welcome to apply.

  • Six need-based awards for students of exceptional promise with financial needs or students whose parents have never attended a four-year college in the U.S. or abroad.

  • 1. The Jeannette Wang Award ($1,000)

    This award is given in loving memory of Jeannette Wang, award-winning realtor, social activist, mentor to sufferers of cancer and dynamic Past president of OCA-WHV whose crusade against anti-Asian slurs by radio “shock-jocks” made history. The Jeannette Wang Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2015 by Alan Neiditch Esq., Jeannette's partner in business and in life, her children, her colleagues and friends. It was Jeannette’s fondest wish that $1,000 be given annually to an Asian American high school junior or senior who demonstrates exceptional personal achievement in the face of obstacles beyond his or her control and whose parents have never attended a four-year college anywhere in the world.
    2. The Avon Xiaochun Luo Award in STEM ($1,000)

    This award is given in loving memory of the late Xiaochun Luo, Ph.D., noted scientist, champion of STEM education for youth and distinguished past president of OCA-WHV. The Xiaochun Luo Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2015 by her husband Wei Dai, sons Byran and Brandon; Avon, the company she served so well and so long; and Xiaochun's many colleagues and friends. It bestows a $1,000 grant each year to a high school senior or junior of API descent demonstrating significant achievement in STEM and whose parents have never attended a four-year college or university anywhere in the world.
    3. The Jean Wood Chang Award in Liberal Arts ($1,000)

    Established in 2017 by Dr. Stanley Chang and Mrs. Jean Chang, this award will bestow a $1,000 grant each year to a financially-needy high school student who has demonstrated academic excellence and plans to study liberal arts in college.
    4. The Phi Lambda Westchester Award ($1,500)

    The Phi Lambda Westchester Award recognizes a high school junior or senior of exceptional promise who is in the first family generation to attend college here or abroad or who is confronting extraordinary challenges. This young person possesses not only a solid record of scholarly achievement but also proven maturity and strength beyond his or her years. The $1,500 grant, made possible by the contributions from Robert and Ann Chao, Donald and Kit Chu, Wen-Ning and Betty Hsieh, Martin and Ellen Jer, William and Rose Tan Kaung, Vincent and Grace Young, and Julian Suez, will be presented for the first time at this year’s OCA-WHV Gala. The awardee’s parents will be feted as guests of Phi Lambda.
    5. The Koo Family Community Engagement Scholarship ($1,000)

    Established by Robert W. Koo, who previously served as a trustee to the Hudson River Museum and the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, and currently serves as a pro bono advisor on art planning for charitable giving to various nonprofit organizations, the Koo Family Community Engagement Scholarship will provide a $1,000 need-based grant to a college-bound high school student who has worked collaboratively with community groups to address specific issues that impact the well-being of the community.
    6. The Golden Apple Award ($1,000)

    The Golden Apple Award, under the auspices of Jenny Kho, Helen Kho, Johnson Kho, and New York Life Insurance Company, will provide a $1,000 grant to support the college education of a promising first-generation and low-income high school student. The Golden Apple Award will be presented at the Asian American Heritage Festival in May 2019.

Application materials and information packets for the OCA-WHV Youth Awards can be downloaded below. All application forms and supporting documents must be received by October 8, 2018. The Youth Awards will be presented at the OCA-WHV Dynamic Achievers Awards Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2018.


2017 OCA-WHV Youth Award ceremony       (Photo credit: Chester Mah)

Recipients of 2017 OCA-WHV Youth Awards


Student Leadership Award
Max Bobby, Mamaroneck High School
Victor Cai, Brewster High School
Alan Chang, Byram Hills High School
James Chen, Rye Country Day School
John Lei, Clarkstown High School
Stella Li, Byram Hills High School
Sophia Guo, Edgemont High School
Angela Lin, Ridgefield High School
Matthew Tu, Briarcliff High School
Jessica Xu, Staples High School

Jeannette Wang Award
Paul Pedrozo, Mamaroneck High School

Avon Xiaochun Luo Award
Fiona Jiang, Mamaroneck High School

Phi Lambda Westchester Award
Christopher Chan, White Plains High School

Golden Apple Award
Noor Ahmed, Maria Regina High School
Tasia Chung, Mt Vernon High School

OCA-WHV Endowed Scholarship at WCC
Weidi Tian, Westchester Community College


2016 OCA-WHV Youth Award ceremony       (Photo credit: Chester Mah)

Recipients of 2016 OCA-WHV Youth Awards


Student Leadership Award
Claire Cao, Horace Greeley High School
Allison Chien, Blind Brook High School
Audrey Kim, Bronxville High School (Brown University)
Ryan Li, Croton-Harmon High School (Stony Brook University)
Yvonne Liu, Edgemont High School
Meenu Mundackal, Westlake High School (SUNY Geneseo)
Sanjana Varma, Maria Regina High School (Northeastern University)
Jill Dew Yu, Edgemont High School (University of Pennsylvania)
Lan Zhang, Horace Greeley High School (Harvard University)
Raymond Zheng, Horace Greeley High School (University of Chicago)

Avon Xiaochun Luo Award
Judy Xiao Lin Yu, Nellie A. Thornton High School (Carnegie Mellon University)

Jeannette Wang Award
Amy Mei Xiu Zhang, Nellie A. Thornton High School (Barnard College)
Kai Zhang, Pleasantville High School (Binghamton University)

Golden Apple Award
Xiangwei Jiang, Mount Vernon High School
Katelyn Weng, LaGuardia High School

OCA-WHV Endowed Scholarship at WCC
Yuan Yuan Wang, Westchester Community College


2015 OCA-WHV Youth Award ceremony       (Photo credit: Chester Mah)

Recipients of 2015 OCA-WHV Youth Awards


Student Leadership Award
Kevin Chang, Byram Hills High School (Yale University)
Meiling Gilbert, Woodlands High School (Lehman College)
Grace Guo, Horace Mann School (University of Pennsylvania)
Irena Hsu, Horace Mann School (University of Chicago)
Leon Lei, Clarkstown High School South (Brown University)
Kasey Luo, Rye Country Day School (Stanford University)
Kaitlin Parulan, Lakeland High School (Cornell University)
James Takashi Quinn, Mamaroneck High School (Columbia University)
Steven Xu, Staples High School (New York University)
William Yin, Greenwich High School (Stanford University)

Avon Xiaochun Luo Award
Cen Chen, Ossining High School (Northeastern University)

Jeannette Wang Award
Majessa Pedrozo, Mamaroneck High School (SUNY New Paltz)

Golden Apple Award
Alicia Kim, Hastings-on-Hudson High School (Bucknell University)
Judy Xiao Lin Yu, Nellie A. Thornton High School (Carnegie Mellon University)
Amy Mei Xiu Zhang, Nellie A. Thornton High School (Barnard College)

OCA-WHV Endowed Scholarship at WCC
Jiayi (Jenny) Wang, Westchester Community College (Fashion Institute of Technology)