NCC Presents Scholarship at USPAACC’s CelebrAsian 2015
Immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 13 without speaking a word of English. Being homeless and living in a car at the age of 4. Losing a parent to cancer as a young child. These are just a few of the touching personal stories that were told by United States Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) Scholarship recipients during the lunch presentation at CelebrAsian 2015. For the third consecutive year, NCC had the privilege of awarding a scholarship to one deserving Asian American high school senior at CelebrAsian, held June 3-5 in Bethesda, MD.
NCC’s Vice President of Operations Lorene Eberhardt presented the 2015 National Capitol Contracting Scholarship to a worthy recipient from San Diego. The awardee spoke to the CelebrAsian audience detailing her amazing story from living homeless as a child with her father and sister to where she is today, preparing to begin her college career in Colorado. Having suffered from severe acne, she has set out to make a career of helping others with skin problems as a dermatologist.
Our half-Korean President and CEO Chris Marquez, who emceed the Excellence Awards Dinner at CelebrAsian 2014, again played a major role in the event as he was a member of the scholarship selection committee for this year’s event. He noted the difficulty in selecting less than 20 scholarship awardees from hundreds of applicants, as there were countless numbers of students “that really needed help, so it was extremely challenging to narrow it down to the small number of scholarships available.”
USPAACC, celebrating its 30th birthday, is the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization representing Asian American-related groups in business, education, science, the arts, sports, and public and community services. USPAACC works with its members to attain thriving contracting relationships and growth in the marketplace. CelebrAsian is held annually to connect Fortune corporations and government organizations with Asian American and minority-owned businesses to pursue contracting relationships.
We are grateful to continually support education in a variety of ways. In addition to sponsoring the USPAACC scholarship on a yearly basis, we partnered with the Urban Alliance to sponsor a high school internship in 2013 and we have provided logistical support for a range of events for the Department of Education’s National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) since 2012. We are pleased to play a role in delivering a GOOD future for our 2015 National Capitol Contracting Scholarship recipient as she prepares to do the same for others. We wish her nothing but the best in college and in her career aspirations.