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.

  1. 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.

  2. Three “First-Gen” awards for students of exceptional promise with financial needs and whose parents have never attended a four-year college in the U.S. or abroad.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. Created in 2017 by 7 brothers of Phi Lambda, each one an advocate of education for deserving youth, the $1,500 award 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.

    • The Golden Apple Award ($500)  —
      Winners are honored at the Asian Heritage Festival held in May.


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