Scholarship Programs

The Wealth By Health Steps For Change Foundation awards three exceptional individuals from low-income families each year with achievement-based scholarships to pursue higher education and encourage community leadership.

2019 Steps For Change Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 15th, 2019

Award: $2,000.00

The Steps For Change Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to high school seniors applying to a college or university to further their career goals. Students from low-income families are recognized for their capacity to lead and commitment to making a significant impact on communities. Award recipients must display academic excellence, exude passion in empowering the community, and exemplify a desire for continuous personal growth.


To be eligible for The Steps For Change Scholarship, the applicant MUST:

  • Be of legal status in the United States

  • Be a current high school senior expecting to graduate in 2019

  • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted to, a college or university

  • Have a household income of less than $55,000

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5

Please note: Ineligible applicants will not be evaluated. 

By applying for the 2019 Steps For Change Scholarship, you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply

To apply for the 2019 Steps For Change Scholarship, the applicant must provide all of the following by April 15th, 2019. 

1. A completed scholarship application

Please submit through the online application provided in the link below OR download and fill in the PDF application and send it to scholarships@wealthbyhealth.org. PDF application may also be mailed to PO Box 27685, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

2. An official transcript of academic marks sent to our mailing address at PO Box 27685, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. 

3. One letter of recommendation written from and sent by a faculty member or community leader via email to scholarships@wealthbyhealth.org​ or via mail to PO Box 27685, Los Angeles, CA 90027. 

4. A one-minute video answering the question: How would you value yourself? 

Please be sure to state your full name at the beginning of the video and submit the video via email to scholarships@wealthbyhealth.org. Applicant may also upload video to YouTube and send us a link to the video. 


Luisa Ruiz-Perez

UC Riverside, Bioengineering

Royal Shrestha

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Biological Engineering

Omobolade Odedoyin

John Hopkins University


2019 Scholarship Judging Panel


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

Ms. Sandy Wang FNP-BC, Director of Medical Operations & Senior Lead Nurse Practitioner at the Pill Club 

  • Master's Degree of Science in Nursing, Family Specialty (MSN) from UCLA

  • Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Loma Linda University

  • The Pill Club- Leadership & Senior Lead Nurse Practitioner

  • MinuteClinic- Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinic Resource Provider

  • Wealth by Health Steps for Change Foundation- Keynote Speaker

  • The Sweeter Approach to Sweet-Ease- Pending Publication

  • Clinical Preceptor for UCLA

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 Council Member of the City of Rosemead

  • Software Engineering Manager at Raytheon

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

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

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

  • 2014 Women of Distinction Award from Congresswoman Judy Chu 

Ms. Wendy Zimmerman SVP Area Manager at HSBC Bank USA

  • SVP Area Manager for Southern California South Area at HSBC Bank USA

  • Former Interim Regional Manager at Fremont Investment & Loan 

  • Over 35 years of banking experience in the financial industry

  • CEO Award Winner, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc

Mr. Erik Hoeffs Division Franchise Director at GNC

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

  • 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 

Check out the below videos from the three 2018 Steps For Change Award Recipients discussing their future plans after graduating high school. For more information about the past 2018 Steps For Change Scholarship, please click here

Niabi Campbell

Matthew Lau

Karen Shi

UCLA, Political Science

UCSD, Mechanical Engineering

USC, Accounting

about us

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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5419 Hollywood Blvd., Suite B

Los Angeles, CA 90027

PO Box 27685,

Los Angeles, CA 90027


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