2020 Steps For Change Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Steps For Change Scholarship Winners! 


With the number of exceptional student applicants we have received, it was an incredibly difficult decision by the scholarship judging panel to select the final scholarship award recipients.

Thank you for all who have applied and best of luck in all your future endeavors!


University of Florida, Psychology and Criminology


Michaela Ward will be attending the University of Florida and pursuing a degree in psychology and criminology. She has demonstrated great leadership through her community involvement and activism in leading the Enough is Enough Gun Violence Movement after witnessing the murder of her aunt by a state trooper. Her personal experiences have shaped her passion to bring change in her community and strive towards her goal of becoming a Forensic Psychologist to provide evaluations, counseling, and therapy within the criminal justice system in the future.


University of Southern California, Sociology


Michelle Kang is a very well-rounded and determined individual both in school and at home. Growing up from a low-income immigrant family of nine, she has worked throughout her high school years to reduce financial burden on her family while maintaining great academics and extracurriculars activities. Michelle will be studying Sociology at the University of Southern California in preparation of becoming a future mental wellness and college counselor to assist those who face the same challenges she had as a low-income, underrepresented minority, and first-generation student.

Georgia Institute of Technology, International Affairs


Candy Zheng will be studying International Affairs and Modern Languages at Georgia Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2020. Her ultimate goal is to work for the United Nations UNICEF agency to create global education programs that ensure and advocate for free and quality education to all children across the world and study the impacts migration has on educational disparities in specific countries like China. She has devoted much of her time serving the community and diving into individual research, ultimately finding her passion in education advocacy.


2020 Scholarship Judging Panel

Thank you to all our scholarship judges for their hard work and dedication in selecting the winners of the 2020 Steps For Change Scholarship. All our scholarship judges on the panel help us properly select the best award recipients on a fair and professional standpoint. 

Feel free to click on their names to learn more about them!

Ms. Abby Loomis, Esq. Attorney-at-Law

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 

  • AILA Washington: Member & Chair, Department of State Liaison Committee 

  • AILA Washington: Vice-Chair, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee 

  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) - Volunteer Attorney

  • Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) – Volunteer Attorney

Mr. Chong Le Senior Engineer

  • Senior Engineer in the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate of the Space and Missiles System Center (SMC) at the Los Angeles Air Force Base 

  • 30 years of service for the United States Government 

    • Responsible for managing the reactivation efforts and development of the satellite for a missile defense demonstration program

    • Contributed to the successful launch in 2009 and completion of the early orbit check-out of the two missile defense demonstration satellites

  • Systems Engineering & Integration Lead for a Space Environmental Monitoring Program 2013-2016

  • Senior Civilian of the Year at SMC in 1996

Dr. Patrick Mak Retired, Principal Director of the DoD Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

  • Spent the last 33 years of his professional career at The Aerospace Corporation

  • Held technical and managerial positions on a variety of Air Force, Navy, NASA, and international satellite programs

  • Retired in 2014 as the Principal Director of the DoD Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

  • 2013 Aerospace President's Award, 2012 Aerospace Alex Liang's Asian American Award

Ms. Polly Low Councilmember of the City of Rosemead

  • Software Engineering Manager at Raytheon

  • President of the Chinese Elected Officials (CEO) from 2013-2015

  • Commissioner on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Affairs

  • President of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) of National League of Cities

  • 2014 Women of Distinction Award from Congresswoman Judy Chu 

Mr. Tony Ng  VP New Build Performance Manager at HSBC Bank USA

  • HSBC Retail Banking & Wealth Management VP New Build Performance Manager- West Region

  • Former cluster branch manager for Arcadia and Los Angeles Chinatown branch

  • Over 14 years of banking experience in the financial industry

Ms. Carolyn Corrie Vocational ESL Professor at Pasadena City College

  • Vocational ESL Professor at Pasadena City College

  • ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor for twenty years in Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena and Spain

  • B.A in History and Latin American Studies from Duke University; J.D. from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; M.A. in TESOL from California State University, Los Angeles

Mr. David Lee Vice President & Financial Center Manager of Bank Of America Rosemead

  • Vice President & Financial Center Manager of Bank of America, N.A. at Rosemead Financial Center

  • Former Associate Director at Ernst & Young in Shanghai, China

  • Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from University of California, Irvine

Mr. Erik Hoeffs Divisional Franchise Director at GNC 

  • Division Franchise Director at GNC, supporting franchisees & field representatives throughout the Western U

  • Received the Director of the Year Award for Excellence in 2014, 2013, and 2012

  • Certified Divisional Trainer for GNC

  • Over 20 years of experience in retail operations, customer service, and various multi-unit management roles 

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Wealth By Health Steps For Change Foundation aims to enhance the lives of the underprivileged in the hopes of creating a path towards a brighter future. 

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