Students Honored by CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute

Congratulations to three QCC students who were honored at CUNY’s 11th Annual Asian American/Asian Research Institute gala on November 15.

Liang Lin received the runner-up Thomas Tam Scholarship. Jesaiah Prayor and Christie Paul were recognized for their submissions in the CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest.

The Thomas Tam Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as health, education, and culture. Sun Mei Liu, a 2012 graduate of CUNY Macaulay Honors College and Brooklyn College, received the principal scholarship of $1,000; Liang received $500.

Liang is a second-year student in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a 4.0 GPA. An immigrant from China, Liang arrived to the United States with his father in 2004, barely knowing a word of English. Growing up in a single parent working-class household, he became the first in his family to attend college.

“I am proud to be a student at Queensborough,” says Liang. “The professors and instructors want their students to succeed and there is much assistance with scholarships and study abroad opportunities. Wherever I go in the future, I will be proud to say I got my associate’s degree from Queensborough.”

Interim President Diane B. Call congratulates Liang Lin at the 11th Annual Asian American/Asian Research Institute gala.

During his junior year at Flushing International High School, Liang was introduced to the Asian-American Student Advocacy Project, a youth leadership group organized by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. As a youth leader, Liang was trained to identify issues and challenges facing Asian Pacific American youth and build campaigns around these issues. He was also accepted as a fellow for the fall 2011 Civic Leaders of Tomorrow Public Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, and participated in the 3rd Annual Asian Pacific American Legislative Advocacy Day.

Two Queensborough students were also recognized for their submissions in the CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest. Jesaiah Prayor was awarded Best Essay and $1,000 for “The Heroic Virtue”; Christie Paul received an honorable mention for her essay “Courage”. The goal of the CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest is to stimulate young people to ponder the topic of morality and to broadcast the best essays in an attempt to promote the teaching of morality in American education.

View additional photos and watch the video from the evening.