Recipients

2017/18

Name: Min Yi (Angela) Hou

University: University of Toronto

Program: International Relations & Contemporary Asian Studies

Graduation Year: 2019

About:
My name is Angela Min Yi Hou, and I am currently a third year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies. Born and raised in Shanghai, I am a Chinese national who spent the majority of my formative years in Toronto, Canada. I was born into a family that decided to immigrate to Canada when I was very young, but I myself moved to Toronto as a permanent resident at the beginning of my high school years. Since arriving in Canada, I have become acutely aware of my own ethnic and national identity in relation to this diverse society, and this has since prompted my interest in studying Chinese culture and politics.

How the scholarship program benefited you?
In addition to increasing the financial accessibility of my post-secondary education, this scholarship also holds a particular symbolic significance that is different from other awards or forms of recognition. The CCLF ACE Award recognizes a very important part of my personal identity, and I am honored to become a participant in and ambassador for CCLF's mandate beyond this scholarship. I view this is as an opportunity and platform to reach out to more like-minded peers across Canada, and engage them in a purpose that I believe is crucial to our identity and experiences as individuals of Chinese descent.

As of now, what are your goals/aspirations?
In the short term, my goal is to pursue a graduate-level education in Political Science or International Relations. I am hoping to specialize in topics relating to China's role in global governance and international institutions. I am passionate in learning more about China's potential and contributions to the global community, especially in the field of sustainable development and global public policy. In the very long term, I am hoping to lead a career in government or international civil service - fingers crossed!

2017/18

Name: Joshua Gao

University: Western University

Program: Philosophy

Graduation Year: 2021

About:
My name is Josh and I’m currently in my first year studying philosophy. Growing up I was always surrounded by a culture of hard-work and ambition as my parents fought through the typical challenges of the immigrant family. I reflect, in gratitude and awe, of how many families have, and still are, selflessly overcome mountains of hardships to set foundations for their next generation. It is refreshing to see within our own Chinese Students Association at Western how many brilliant characters have blossomed from these challenges. I grew up in Markham/ Richmond Hill, Ontario, where I found love for business in start-ups, volunteering for culture associations and sports such as varsity soccer and golf.

How the scholarship program benefited you?
I developed a passion for start-ups when I worked on a small food delivery service (before Uber Eats) for my high school. I quickly realized how fun and exciting this process was and now, coming to Western, I have been able to explore these interests with my growing network. I currently work on my own time as an insurance agent with Manulife and several projects. They include an influencer marketing service, fashion line, custom apparel printing, and coloring books. I am grateful for this scholarship as it has given me the opportunity to invest in expanding my start-ups and pursue my interests further. A heartfelt thank you to the supporters of CCLF for making any of this possible.

As of now, what are your goals/aspirations?
My short-term goals as of now is to take my projects to the next level and explore a cluster of industries to gain a vaster worldly knowledge. I chose philosophy because I believe in the importance of setting a foundation to understand myself and the world better before I set my sights on a career path. My long-term goal ultimately is to be happy and fulfilled. To achieve this I aspire for a balanced life of work I love, crazy adventures, and supportive friends!

2016/17

Name: Angel Chung

University: Western University

Program: Nursing

Graduation Year: 2019

About:
My name is Angel and I am currently in my second year of Nursing school. I have been involved with the Western-Fanshawe Nursing Students’ Association as well as the Chinese Students’ Association since my first year at Western, and am immensely grateful for the opportunities of growth they have both provided for me. I am privileged to have established friendships that have influenced my university experience for the better and gained experiences that allowed me to explore and learn much about myself.

How the scholarship program benefited you?
Budgeting finances is a common and often stressful, yet unavoidable responsibility for many students, myself included. Prior to receiving the scholarship, I re-evaluated my finances and realized that I was short several months of rent. Receiving the scholarship has lifted the weight of worrying about how I would make ends meet off my shoulders. Thank you to the CCLF founders for creating this scholarship program as you have gifted me not only with a breath of relief, but also new lenses in which I have, and will continue to, positively view obstacles I encounter in my lifetime.

As of now, what are your goals/aspirations?
After graduation, I hope to operate within the maternity or neonatal ward as a Registered Nurse. Perhaps I will even pursue a career in midwifery! On a more short-term note, I simply aspire to put my best foot forward in my academics, extracurricular commitments, and in fostering meaningful relationships with those around me and most importantly, with myself. I also hope to travel and explore the natural and cultural beauty Canada has to offer in the summer of 2017. I have yet to make any plans, so who knows where I will end up!

2015/16

Name: Angela Yang

University: Western University

Program: Ivey Business School / Urban Development

Graduation Year: 2019

About:
My name is Angela and I’m currently entering my first year at the Ivey Business School. I have already completed two years at Western University studying Urban Development. During this time, I was involved in non-profit organizations such as AIESEC, Nspire, and Rotaract. I’ve also worked in a couple start-ups within the marketing and technology space. Before moving out for university, I lived in Markham, Ontario, where I spent my days at school, competing at DECA competitions, volunteering with Best Buddies, and running on our cross country team.

How the scholarship program benefited you?
After completing a summer internship in Thessaloniki, Greece, I headed out on a solo backpacking trip throughout Eastern Europe. I made so many international friends and learned so much about myself along the way. This scholarship was a tremendous help in making all this possible. It also connected me with brilliant individuals that have provided great insight into the various career paths they have followed. They will also act as a support system and sounding board for many ideas and decisions to come.

As of now, what are your goals/aspirations?
In a couple years, with the completion of my dual degree, I can see myself developing residential neighbourhoods and creating communities for families to enjoy. I also hope to be tackling social issues such as food deserts and affordable housing. Perhaps I’ll be living in Canada, but I hope I get a chance to live and work abroad for a couple years at least. In the meantime, I’ll be more than happy to spend my time in class, training for my first half-marathon, and backpacking during the summer.