I am an immigrant who came from Hong Kong many moons ago. I had just recently learned how to walk at the airport when I immigrated to the United States. We didn't have much growing up but some of my fondest memories were walking to Chinatown (we didn't have a car) hand in hand with my grandpa and how he'd let me buy whatever I wanted or cook my favorite dish for dinner. After my grandma passed on Thanksgiving day, it hit me how courageous they were to have lived in a bad area where they walked to Chinatown in every kind of weather, worked in a sweatshop in some of the most unsafe conditions, mugged for what few dollars they had in their pockets as they sacrificed for their families while always making time for their grandchildren.
I felt that one of the best ways to give back to their sacrifices is to create a scholarship that would help some of the neediest immigrant students at Kingsborough Community College. Many of these students work multiple jobs while completing their studies to help support their families and the annual funds from this memorial scholarship can mean a big difference to these students. In many cases, it can mean the difference between continuing their education and dropping out of college. I hope you will help me in this endeavor with as much or as little as you can spare. Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
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