AUGUST 8TH, 2020
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The NAAAP Boston scholarship committee is delighted to announce that, this year, we have an unprecedented six winners of the Future Leaders Scholarship Awards. We invite you to learn more about our exceptional winners below and hope that you can join us in celebrating their achievements at our scholarship ceremony, held virtually this year. It is an event none of us expected to have even a few months ago and is just a small reflection of the ways our lives have been upended by COVID.
The coronavirus outbreak has also resulted in a wave of xenophobia and discrimination against Asian Americans. This bigoted reaction reminds members of the AAPI community that, to some, we will be perpetual foreigners - never accepted as full and equal members of society. It is terrible and unjust that Asian Americans are experiencing this racial backlash. It is also a reality that other communities of color have lived and experienced for centuries. The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor remind Americans of our country’s long history of racial violence and inequity. While the Black experience and AAPI experience are different, as people of color living in a society rooted in white supremacist ideology, we share a deeply interconnected struggle. Our liberation is tied, and we must stand together to continue fighting for institutional change and dismantling systematic racism.
I derive particular strength and hope from young people. Even compared to just a decade ago, when I was in high school, today’s young people are more invested in social justice issues. They are engaging with friends and family members in conversation, translating educational resources, protesting police brutality, and doing work in their own communities to build a better, more just society. Our winners are examples of young people using their voices to affect change to create a more perfect America. I am humbled by their incredible stories of leadership and community engagement and feel privileged to know them. I hope you enjoy exploring their profiles below and will join us to hear their stories at our ceremony.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE DIRECTOR
Founded out of a grassroots fundraising campaign by community members in 1987, the NAAAP Boston Future Leaders Scholarship Awards are offered every year to high school seniors enrolling in college or university. Winners have a demonstrated track record of academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership potential. By providing students additional financial need in their academic careers, NAAAP Boston hopes to further our mission of inspiring, promoting, and building leaders within the Asian American community. To date, over $200,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over 100 high school seniors.
PAUL LEE is a founder and Board President of the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), which builds affordable housing in the Boston Chinatown and other Asian American communities. Mr. Lee joined Goodwin Procter from 1984-2013 and was one of the first Asian American partners at a major law firm in Boston. He represented technology and financial services companies on corporate governance and transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, IPOs, and technology licensing issues. Mr. Lee is also the past board chair for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC in Washington DC, a national Asian American civil rights organization, past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and past president and founder of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM). Additionally, he was a past chair of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission, served as a board member of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, and was an advisor to the founders of the National Association of Asian American Professionals-Boston (NAAAP Boston). In 2009, he received the NAAAP 100 Leadership Award. Mr. Lee grew up in the Boston Chinatown and Brookline, where his Chinese immigrant parents worked in hand laundries, restaurants, and garment factories. The Richard & Chou Lee Scholarship was founded by Mr. Lee and his siblings in honor of their parents.
FRANCIS CHIN is a founder and former Managing Partner of Chin & Curtis, LLP. First established in 1986, the firm is one of the largest specialty immigration firms in New England. Mr. Chin has been named annually for more than 25 years in The Best Lawyers in America and also The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. Actively involved in the Asian community, Mr. Chin has been a long-term supporter of the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM), which he co-founded 30 years ago. With his support, Chin & Curtis has provided pro bono legal assistance to refugees and immigrants, including unaccompanied minors. The Edwin K. and Mary G. Chin Family Scholarship was established in 2018 by Mr. Chin and his siblings in honor of their parents. This award places a particular emphasis on recognizing students who overcome significant challenges and financial burdens, in addition to achieving academic excellence and leadership in the community
SAMSON LEE has been involved with NAAAP Boston since 1997. He became Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee in 2000 and served in that capacity until 2005. During his tenure, he organized events such as Financial Planning Workshops, Resume Workshops, Speech Improvement Seminars,Speak Easy Toastmasters, Coffee Talks, and Speaker Dinner Series. In 2007, he was elected President and CEO. Over his five years of leadership, NAAAP Boston grew in membership and sponsorship, and continued to develop great leaders, many who have served in the Boston chapter. Samson is currently on the Board of Directors, leads the Strategy and Planning Subcommittee and advises the Scholarship Committee. Professionally, Samson is an IT Consultant with over 20 years of IT experience in the biotech, hedge fund, Internet, and Startup industries. Currently, he is with Bay State IT, an IT consulting firm focusing on Biotech startups. In his role as Senior Systems Administrator and Manager of Field Services, he manages a team of Desktop Support Engineers, and plans and builds out IT infrastructure for new Biotech startups, from network connectivity to server configurations to standardizing Lab and end user workstations, and provides long term IT support and project planning for clients. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Personally, Samson is married with a 9 year old son and a 10 year old daughter, and loves to rollerblade, play hockey, tennis and softball. He also loves trying new places to eat, and regularly posts pics of the latest adventures.
Richard & Chou Lee
Edwin K. & Mary G. Chin
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