Mission: The mission of the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation is to honor all high school graduates of Chinese ancestry and to provide those qualified students with scholarships in their pursuit of higher education.
Background: In 1963 CCBA established the Portland Scholarship Program and its Scholarship Committee raised $6500 from local Chinese businesses and individuals for the beginning of a Scholarship Foundation. The original scholarship donations were designated for $100 awards to students with all-around achievements. In 1964 the first CCBA scholastic achievement awards were presented to five students. The Scholarship Foundation was formally established in 1965. In 1990 the Scholarship Foundation started awarding endowment scholarships.
The tradition continues: In the 2016 graduating class of almost 150 seniors from 26 local high schools, CCBA presented 23 endowment scholarships, 5 $200 scholastic awards, and 49 $100 scholastic awards for a total of $25,600. The scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, community service, leadership activities, financial need, cultural activities, and/or athletic participation.
How to support and continue the tradition: The Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation is funded by donations from the Chinese and American communities and loyal supporters over the years. Donations are tax deductible per IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. You are welcome to join our Circle of 100 which is an annual pledge of $100 for scholastic awards. In addition, endowment scholarships can be made in honor or memory of someone special. By making a tax-deductible contribution in any amount to the Scholarship Foundation, you can help fund additional awards and scholarships to eligible students and become a Friend of our Foundation.
Donations may be sent to: Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation, c/o 1941 SE 31st Ave. Portland, Oregon 97214
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The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of Portland, Oregon is pleased to offer the following scholarships:
|Andrew Yang Memorial Scholarship||Portland Lee’s Association Scholarship|
|Bruce and Gloria Wong Scholarship||Robert K Saiget Memorial Scholarship|
|David Lee Quan Memorial Scholarship||Shelton and Isabella Low Memorial Scholarship|
|Dr. Sam B. and Betty Liu Memorial Scholarship||Tarcy and Priscilla Lee Memorial Scholarship|
|Elizabeth Wong and Mrs JP Quon Memorial Scholarship||The Wong Family Association Scholarship|
|Fred M. and Jane S. Wong Scholarship||Wally, Linda & Calvin Seid Family Memorial Scholarship|
|George and Mary Leong Memorial Scholarship||Warren and Ella Chung Memorial Scholarship|
|Harlan and Nancy Luck Memorial Scholarship||William and Ida Moe Memorial Scholarship|
|Kelly Wong Scholarship||Wing Jung & Poy King Lee Memorial Scholarship|
|Liu Chi Memorial Scholarship||Wing Kong Chan Memorial Scholarship|
|Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Scholarship||Ying Shun Wong Memorial Scholarship|
|Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association|
For questions, please contact Gloria Wong at 503-236-7966 or Sarah Chung at 503-288-3819, email email@example.com
*Applications received after 5pm on May 19, 2017 will not be accepted*
*All decisions of the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation are final*
Andrew Yang was born on March 22, 1988. He was a most wonderful kid, full of life. He was an Angel that God gave me at a very difficult time of my life and he sustained me. When I was sad, he would come and curl up to me and hugged me for hours.
He loved soccer and was pretty good at it. He loved other sports also, such as basket ball, skiing, tennis, etc. He was a cub scout and very well liked by his troop. When he died, the boys got together and bought a star and name it Andrew. He was very intelligent, but his biggest attribute was his kindness, and empathy for others. I learned after he died, that he had helped the teachers and the counselor at school deal with students with issues since first grade. He was widely popular at school because of this attribute. He loved to eat, but would share his lunch with whoever didn’t have money or forgot to bring a lunch ticket. He took kids under his arms that others would have nothing to do with. This was told to me by other parents and teachers. His 4th grade teacher said Andrew was one of his best friends. They sat across from each other at lunch and would discuss religion. politics and world affairs. He thought if Andrew lived, he may be the person that could have solved the Middle East crisis. He was nine years old at the time.
Andrew passed on June 24, 1998 in a helicopter crash in Kauai Hawaii, together with his Aunt Pauline and cousin Rebecca. It was a great loss to all of us.
Andrew was a great kid. I am glad he will be remembered.
GEORGE LEONG 1925 – 2003
George was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland Oregon on May 5, 1925. He attended Benson High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from a small college back east. His World War II military service was in The Philippines and the Occupation of Japan. His working career started with a variety store chain owned by Joe Shoong (Chinese owner) and took him to Vancouver WA, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Paso Texas. Later he worked for New York Life Insurance, along with his wife Mary. Over the years he loved his cars, and owned many TR3s and Mercedes!
George served as CCBA president for four terms and co-president for two terms. His grand-uncle Leong Jue Hing was the first CCBA president in 1911. George has been the only American born president who was literate in both Chinese and English, having attended high school in China. Along with his wife Mary, they were instrumental in having the Lion Gate built, and were founding members of the Portland Dragon boat races, the first of its kind in the United States. George’s passion was to perpetuate the Chinese culture and heritage for future generations.
MARY N LEONG
Mary was born in Tualatin Oregon on Nov 4, 1921. At age two she and her family moved to Portland and lived in Oldtown-Chinatown for twenty years. She attended Atkinson Grammar School, Lincoln High School, Girls’ Polytechnic School, and two years of college in California. She sang in Chinese opera during the Sino-Japanese War to help raise money for China. Together with husband George, they raised three children, and worked for New York Life Insurance. She was appointed Commissioner for Oregon Elder Services for eight years.
Mary has literally grown up with CCBA. At age five, she started attending CCBA Chinese Language School and was one of the first members of the Lion Dance Team. She has served on CCBA Board for over forty years and is now a Permanent Advisor. She formed a CCBA young girls performance group from 1980-1990, designing and sewing all the costumes. From 2000-2001, she was appointed by Republic of China to be Commissioner of Overseas Chinese in Oregon. She helped start the CCBA museum in 1998 and has made 21 framed stories of people of importance in the Chinese community. To this day she continues to be the acknowledged living historian of Portland Chinatown.
Wallace Buck Seid was born on 6/10/16 and died on 4/7/99. He was born in The Dalles, Oregon. His father worked as a foreman in the fish cannery on the Columbia River. At a young age my father returned to China where he attended elementary school. He returned to the United States for high school, attending Benson High in Portland, Oregon. During World War I he worked in the shipyards,
He married my mother, Mary Roberta Leong. They settled in Portland, Oregon, living in the Rose Garden area. He initially opened a restaurant in Portland, but in the 1940′s he moved the restaurant business to Oregon City. His restaurant, Seid’s Restaurant on Main Street, started small. Gradually, the restaurant added a lounge, bar, and banquet rooms. It became the place to go in Oregon City for the Kiwanis Club, Toastmasters, and other service clubs. It was also the meeting place for ice cream sundaes and sodas after the Oregon City High School football games.
Unfortunately, my parents divorced about 1953. My father was able to keep the restaurant. He remarried about 1959 to Linda Tso. “Mom Linda” and my father were very devoted to one another. She helped him a great deal, both at home and in the restaurant. They had one child together, Calvin (Cal) Seid. Cal became a successful industrial designer and worked for Apple on the design of the iMac and iPod. Sadly, Cal died unexpectedly of unsuspected severe coronary artery disease in 2007 at age 46. Mom Linda died 1/5/05.
The Seid family memorial scholarship is in memory of my father, Wallace Buck Seid, my step mother, Linda Tso Seid, and my brother, Calvin Quon Seid.
This Scholarship was established by Terry and Debbie Chung (children of Warren and Ella Chung) to honor and emphasize the symbols that they represented in hard work and commitment to the community. Both Warren and Ella recognized that classroom successful students may not have the economic support necessary to attend post-secondary schooling. This is our way of encouraging those students to continue their education and help their communities.
Warren Chung was born in Astoria Oregon and return to China as a child. He returned to Astoria at about the age of eleven years old and was an orphan by the age of thirteen. Hardworking and industrious he completed his elementary and high school education within the next five years. He served in the US Navy during World War II that allowed him the opportunity to attend Oregon State College (now OSU), graduated in Pharmacy, and through hard work owned his own successful pharmacy business in Northeast Portland until retiring in the mid-1980s.
Ella Kong Chung was born in San Francisco California, raised in Portland Oregon and graduated from Girls’ Polytechnic School. She also returned to China as a child and received a classical Chinese education. During World War II, she also served in the US Navy in the Waves, the naval service for women, when she met Warren in Washington DC. Also a graduate of Oregon State College, she set aside her own career aspirations to help Warren raise a family and develop a successful business. She was active in the Portland Chinese Music Club and Opera.
Our parents had a passion for the community they lived in. Much of their free time was volunteering in pharmacy professional organizations, educational activities, Northeast business community, Chinese community, and improving the relations between US-China. It was because of the hard work and sacrifices by both our parents that my sister Debbie and I have offered this scholarship to deserving and hardworking students. Our goal is to encourage higher education and good citizenship in the community.
Robert Kong Saiget was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Astoria Oregon and passed away in Portland on March 7, 2006, at the age of 83. Born near the mouth of the Columbia River, Robert spent his youth fishing, swimming and boating along the river where he grew up with Chinese immigrants on Astoria’s famed cannery row. Following his 1946 honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, where Robert served as a sergeant in the China theatre, he returned home and graduated from Oregon State University as an electrical engineer. Following graduation, Robert moved to Portland where he spent 34 years at Bonneville Power Administration working to harness the “Great River of the West” and provide electricity to the region. Robert wedded Bertha Lee in 1952 and they devoted their lives to raising their five children and doting on their eight grandkids. He actively served on the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation during the early years. Always fascinated with his Chinese roots, Robert remained a history buff throughout his life and regularly read the latest books on China’s history and development. If his spiritual life could be characterized, it surely would be one that had Taoist leanings, with Robert’s sense of patience and humility – and his inner peace – his defining traits. His family established this scholarship to honor his memory in 2006.
Tarcy Lee was born in 1944 and passed away in 2002. Priscilla Lee was born in 1943 and passed away in 1999. They came to the United States from Hong Kong separately in the early 1960’s to pursue their higher education. Priscilla first attended college in California and Tarcy attended University of Idaho. However love could not keep them apart and Priscilla eventually transferred to University of Idaho. Following graduation they worked in Seattle for a short time before moving to Portland. Tarcy was an electrical engineer for Pacific Power and Light and then for Bonneville Power Administration. Priscilla was a graphic designer for Meier and Frank and then later worked as social worker for the State of Oregon.
Both Tarcy and Priscilla Lee were very active in the Chinese community. Tarcy served on the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation for thirty years, twelve years as the treasurer. Priscilla designed the wonderful graphics on the annual Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association New Year dinner program cover for many years. Their families and many friends established this scholarship in 2002 in recognition of their community services and friendship.
Wing Jung Lee was born in 1910 and his wife Poy King Lee was born in 1909, both in China. Mr Lee immigrated to Portland as a teenager in 1916. He worked his entire life in several restaurants, first as kitchen helper and then as cook and chef. Following his World War II service in the US Navy he brought his wife and children from China to Portland in 1947. Mrs. Lee worked several years as a seamstress. Her ready smile and friendly attitude quickly earned her a new name from her coworkers. They called her “Happy.” She also loved making delicious dim sum for family and friends who looked forward to her phone calls to “come and pick up” the freshly made treats. You see, the family never owned an automobile.
Wing Jung and Poy King Lee were both hard working and frugal. They believed that learning and getting a good education was essential for succeeding in America. All four of their children earned college degrees. Mr. Lee passed away in 1989 and Mrs. Lee passed away in 2001. In appreciation and memories of their parent’s sacrifices the family established this scholarship in 2003.
Since we are both life-long educators, we desire to provide a scholarship to a student who plans to be a teacher , or to a student who plans to be a pharmacist , as we have two daughters who have their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees and a third daughter who is currently a certified pharmacy technician.
As for us, we both have our bachelor and master degrees in education. Fred’s BS is from Portland State College and MEd from Oregon State University, while Jane received her BA and MEd degrees from Arizona State University. Also, we are both retired from the Portland Public School system.
Shelton and Isabella Low were reared & lived in Portland their entire lives. He was a member of the famed Flying Tigers during WWII. They passed away 2001 & 2004 respectively. They loved Portland and in particular the Chinese community.
Shelton owned and operated grocery stores. Later he worked for the Bonneville Power Administration. For decades they were involved with Triumph Travel as independent contractors. Isabella was in retail sales as well.
They loved University of Oregon football and attended the Rose Bowl Tournament when UO played there in 1958 and 1995.
They enjoyed traveling with daughter Carol Low Woo who was a flight attendant for Pan Am. Trips to the Orient & Hawaii were there favorite destinations. They also enjoyed visiting Carol, husband Conway and grandchildren Darren & Doreen in Califiornia.
Shelton and Isabella were active volunteers and participants in the CCBA Scholarship Foundation, and if they were with us, would be pleased that their fund continues to help future students.
Ida Yuen Chinn was born in Seattle Washington on April 3, 1911, into a family of ten children, 6 boys and 4 girls. After finishing elementary school at the age of 14 years, as was the custom of the times she was matched married to Robert Kimball Luck of Portland Oregon in 1925. Many years earlier, Robert, Sr. immigrated to the United States from Toisan, China in about 1910. Little is known about him or his family in China before that time.
The oldest son Bob (Robert, Jr.) was born when Ida was only 15 years and 2 months old. The second son, Harlan was born 2 1/2 years later when she was 17 1/2 years, still a very young mother. A daughter, Beverly Jean (Gee) joined the family in1934 at the age of two. She was the daughter of Ida’s older sister from San Francisco and continued to live them. Ida was known as an excellent cook as she as very precise measuring the ingredients. Robert Sr. had an affinity for large cars such as Cadillacs and Chryslers, and was also a fan of baseball listening to the old time Portland Beavers and occasionally watching them play at old Vaughan St. Ballpark in NW Portland. Robert, Sr. died in February, 1943.
Two years later, Ida married William Gene Moe of Portland Oregon in the spring of 1945. They were happily married for 52 years until her death on December 27, 1997. Bill was born in Portland, Oregon, also on April 3 but in the year of 1921. He was orphaned at a very early age and was raised his sisters and relatives. He was mainly involved in the restaurant business all his life having owned and managing several restaurants including the Sun Sang Cafe located at the same intersection of the Portland Police Headquarters at SW 3rd and Oak St. Many police officers and detectives ate lunch there daily. He was a partner and manager of a very nice restaurant named after him, Bill’s Gold Coin located on upper West Burnside for many years. He also worked for Trader Vic’s Restaurant for many years
Both Bill and Ida understood the value of education though neither of them had that opportunity. Both sons received university degrees. Bob, Jr. went to Oregon State College and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1948. Harlan attended University of Oregon and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1951.
In 2002, after the death of Bill Moe, a memorial scholarship in the names of William and Ida Moe was started to enable students to pursue a higher education and leading to a better life for each .
On May 20, 1931 in the coastal town of Astoria Oregon, Nancy Beatrice Lum was born and where she lived until the summer of 1948 just prior to her senior year in high school. With her mother, Mary Lum, they then moved to Oakland, California for her senior year in anticipation of matriculating into University of California – Berkeley as a freshman. She spent such a lonely year there, missing her many friends and family, that immediately after graduating from Oakland High School in June of 1949, she and her mother returned to Astoria. There in the fall term of 1949, she enrolled in the School of Pharmacy at Oregon State University. She graduated in 1953 with a B.S degree in Pharmacy and upon passing the pharmacy board examination, she became a licensed pharmacist. She worked as a pharmacist for a few years until her first son was born in 1956. After raising her family, she returned to pharmacy work at the Portland Veterans Hospital for 11 years until her retirement in 1996.
Except for the two years in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 (Korean War) Harlan Dean Luck, born in Portland Oregon on November 15, 1928, spent his entire life in Oregon. After graduating from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1946, he enrolled in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in June 1951. Shortly, after graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army for exactly two years. He served in the Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C. Because of a special program, he was able to immediately use his college education to design and renovate the buildings on the base while serving his time in the service. He was discharged on July, 1953.
In November, 1954, Harlan and Nancy were married in Astoria before family and friends. Living in Portland, they raised a family of 3 sons and 1 daughter. Harlan practiced as a Consulting Structural Engineer for 41 years and as a sole proprietor for last 39 years. Harlan coached kids sports for over 10 years including baseball, basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, girls softball and truly enjoyed every minute. Nancy was an avid tennis player, knitting scarves and a shopper of the highest order. They were married for over 51 years until Nancy’s passing on March 2, 2006.
Our parents from both sides always set education as a major goal for us in spite that they lacked the opportunity for themselves. We, in turn, set the same goals for our children, and hopefully, they for their children. Through our scholarship, it is our hope that young people will succeed and continue to cycle the scholarship program over and over for others.
Liu Chi lived a life dedicated to a love of athletics and community. A graduate of Taiwan National Normal University, with a physical education degree, he was the youngest certified International Basketball referee in the history of Taiwan. He worked as a physical education instructor at Chung Chi Univerisity before coming to the US in 1972 to continue his education. In 1976, he represented Taiwan as a swimming judge at the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal.
He moved his family to Portland, Oregon in 1980 and for the next 2 decades, helped develop, promote, and serve the Chinese community. Liu Chi was principal of the CCBA Chinese Language school in the early 80′s and CCBA vice president in 1994. He also served as a member of the CCBA Board for over 15 years. In 1990, Liu was appointed by the President of Taiwan, ROC as the first commissioner of the Northwest United States Region for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, and he served in this post until he passed away in 1998.
Liu Chi’s legacy revolves around his passion for life and his commitment to his community. Some of his most notable contributions to the city of Portland and its Chinese community include his role in securing funding to complete the CCBA building renovation and fourth floor museum; making the Portland Chinatown Gate a reality; establishing the Portland Kaohsiung Sister City Association; and spearheading efforts to hold the first ever US-based annual Dragon Boat Races. His legacy also continues in this scholarship to help our students.
Mrs. J.P. Quon was born in China in 1900 and immigrated to the United States with her husband, Wong Cue, in the early 1900s. They settled in Spokane Washington, but later moved to Butte Montana. Her husband was a tailor. Before he passed away, he made many patterns for shirt making. Mrs. Wong had six children who were all born in Montana. As a single mom she made shirts to support her family. She also sprouted soy beans and made tofu which the kids sold to the local Chinese community.
She remarried to J.P. Quon and had one son, Jimmy. The family moved to Portland shortly after WWII started. She became known as an excellent seamstress and a creative and innovative cook. Every Chinese New Year she would cook up a traditional Chinese banquet and invite her friends for a feast. She passed away in 1979.
Mrs. Quon’s daughter, Elizabeth Wong, attended Washington High School in Portland, graduating in 1948. She was a legal secretary for a Portland law firm. She helped her neighbors and friends file their income taxes and wills. She also was an excellent cook too. She carried on her Mother’s traditional Chinese New Year dinners with her friends. “Liz” to her many friends, passed away in 1999.
The children and grandchildren of Mrs. Quon established the Elizabeth Wong and Mrs. J.P. Quon Memorial Scholarship in honor of their Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt in year 2000.
Kelly Wong was born in Butte, Montana in 1924 where he received his elementary and high school education. Upon his graduation, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Infantry Replacement School at Camp Wolters, Texas. Upon completion of basic training, he was sent overseas to Hawaii, Saipan, Okinawa and The Philippines. In Okinawa he was assigned to the 96th Infantry Division, 381st Regiment as a rifleman. After the campaign the entire Division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action against the enemy in the conquest of Okinawa. The Presidential Unit Citation is normally awarded to battalions or smaller units. Thus this is only one of four armored, infantry or airborne divisons that have been so honored in their entirety for World War II. Kelly was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster.
Upon his discharge, Kelly attended Montana State University under the GI Bill, earning a graphic arts degree. He worked as an interior designer for Sieberts in Beaverton, then at Skidmore, Owing and Merrill Architecture firm, Rudat and Boutueli, and Kubli Howell before starting his own business. Kelly retired in 1990, at the age of sixty-five.
In addition to setting up the Elizabeth Wong and Mrs. J.P. Quon Memorial Scholarship with his siblings in year 2000, Kelly established the Kelly Wong Scholarship in 2007 which awards $1000 annually to graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent.
Mr. Wing Kong Chan (陳均柱; 號應洽) was born in Guangdong, China (廣東台山) in 1910. At fourteen, he immigrated to the Philippines where he eventually built a productive life and successful business in bread and baked-goods production.
A strong believer in the value of education, Mr. Chan served as a director of the school board of Manila Chinese Patriotic School, a popular Chinese (Cantonese) language elementary school in Manila. Mr. Chan was likewise committed to the welfare of the Chinese community. He held leadership positions as president of the Chan Family Association (Chan Wing Cheung Fraternity [菲律濱粵僑陳穎川堂]) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in his community. In these capacities, he generously supported their philanthropic missions.
In his retirement years, Mr. Chan and his wife, Lee Siao Lian (李小蓮), settled in Beaverton, Oregon enjoying the comfort and company of their children and grandchildren. He passed away in January, 1993.
It was with gratitude and hope that this Wing Kong Chan Memorial Scholarship was created by his children in 1994. May each recipient turn this small gift into a big stepping stone to academic success.
Born on April 2, 1931 in Portland’s New Chinatown to William and Esther Wong, Bruce Luen Wong lived his life to the fullest with his greatest treasures: his family, his friends, and his community.
He attended Couch and Hosford Grade Schools, and graduated from Washington High School in 1949. Bruce received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy from Oregon State University in 1958, after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force. Bruce married Gloria Lee on July 26, 1951 and they were blessed with children, Bruce (Kimberley), Craig (Kathleen), Scott (Nadine) and Shelley (Jim); and grandchildren, Kristoffer (Megan), Taylor, Kendall, Collin, Karsten, Clarice, Helen, Jared, Grayson, Kylee and Sydney. He was most proud to be the great-grandfather to Ethan Andrew Wong.
Bruce led an active community oriented life. He served as president of the North Powell Little League, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Metals, Portland Chinese Classical Garden Society, Old Town Chinatown History Committee, Chinese Scientists Engineers and Professional Association, and Chinese Old Timers of Portland. He was a founding member of the CCBA Chinese Scholarship Committee in 1963 and the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation in 1965. His career started as metallurgist at Metallurgical Engineers Inc. and continued through Tektronix, Omark Industries, Electronic Specialties, Talbott Wong and Associates, and concluded with his own Wong’s Forensic and Metallurgical Engineers Incorporated.
Gloria Lee was born on September 1, 1931 to Sam S. and Helen Lee in Portland. She and her sisters Irene, Marian and Geraldine, grew up in Ladd’s Addition district when her parents bought their family home on SE Spruce Avenue in 1933. They all attended Abernathy Elementary School and Washington and Commerce High Schools. After graduation in 1948, Gloria worked as secretary in the Oregon State Welfare Office and the University of Oregon Medical School before her marriage to Bruce. In 1951 she joined her husband in Honolulu where he was stationed in the Air Force and worked as a secretary in the engineering department at Mutual Telephone Company until the birth of their first child in 1953.
When the children were older, Gloria went back to work as the secretary/registrar at Cleveland High School from 1975 to 2000. She also served as English Secretary for the CCBA and on the staff of the Oregon Chinese News for over two decades. She has been secretary of the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation since 1976 and continues to this day, along with service to the CCBA high school graduation dinner.
Bruce and Gloria took great pride in celebrating every major milestone during their 62 years of marriage. Throughout the first half of their marriage, they shared their journey with their children. Bruce and Gloria infused in their family practices the importance of community service, which proved fruitful as each child was awarded CCBA’s “Junior Citizen of the Year” in each of their respective high school graduating years.
Bruce believed that every child deserves the right to an education. Devoted to this focus, he maintained the financial sustainability of the Scholarship Trust to benefit all Portland Chinese high school graduates. Both Bruce and Gloria established the “Bruce and Gloria Wong Scholarship” to assist high school graduates in obtaining post-secondary education.
They also desired to be present in the lives of their eleven grandchildren. Both Bruce and Gloria were enthusiastic supporters attending many graduations, ball games, tournaments, musicals and concerts. Bruce treasured cooking, fishing, and clamming with his grandchildren on a regular basis. Teaching them various aspects of the culture and customs of their Chinese heritage, his legacy runs deep in the veins of his family, and will continue on for many generations to come. Bruce passed away on October 21, 2013 while clamming at his favorite beach on the coast.
Bruce and Gloria modeled a perfect team who impacted their community. Together they received the Northwest China Council’s Flying Horse Award in 1997 for their lifetime service to Portland’s Chinese Community.
In culmination, Bruce desired to leave a legacy for his family and friends to carry out in his absence. He charged everyone he befriended to carry out the gift of education to young adults. Life goes on and the memories must be shared in order to leave lasting imprints in the lives of our descendants.
Dr. Sam B Liu was born near Canton (Guangzhou), China and immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1925. He was educated in Portland Oregon at Reed College and Oregon Health Sciences University Medical School. Dr. Liu served his country honorably as a Major in the U.S. Army during WWII. During his service, he was a surgeon in North Africa, Corsica and Italy with the U.S. Air Force, 25th Airborne Unit.
Upon his return to Portland he established his private medical practice as a physician and surgeon for over forty years. He was very active in the Chinese community, having served in Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association for many years as president and advisor, founding member of Portland Chinese Scholarship Committee and Foundation, and established one of the first perpetual scholarships. He also served on the Reed College Board of Trustees.
Betty Chin was born and raised in Seattle Washington. She entered University of Washington at the young age of sixteen to study Pharmacy. When she graduated from Pharmacy School she was too young to be licensed or get a pharmacist job because of the age regulations at the time regarding handling sensitive drugs. Later on she worked as Sam’s office assistant in his private medical practice.
Sam and Betty raised four children, Philip, Diane, Benson and Thomas, in Portland until his retirement in 1987 to Tiburon California. Sam was an avid bird watcher, enjoyed wine tasting and they were proud grandparents of five.
Betty passed away in 2002 and Sam passed away in 2005 at the age of 93 years. Their four children have continued their parents’ legacy by supporting their parents’ memorial scholarship for future students.
David Lum is the founder and owner of Lum’s Auto Dealership in Warrenton Oregon. In 2013, he was appointed as Ambassador for the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation. As a result of qualifying for Ambassador status, he has designated the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation to be the recipient of his Ambassador Grant.
As a multi-franchised dealer in Astoria region, David is well known for his distinguished and long career as a new car dealer. In 2003 he served as president of the Oregon Auto Dealers Association, and in 2005 was recognized as the Time Magazine / Goodyear Oregon Automobile Dealer of the Year. Over the years, David has made many contributions to our Scholarship program. In 2007 he was the keynote speaker at the annual CCBA High School Graduation Dinner. His speech, “It Can Only Happen in America”, was a memorable one for our students and dinner guests.
The Scholarship Foundation is grateful for his grant, which will benefit a student to continue further studies in higher education.
Ying Shun Yee was born in China in 1920 and immigrated to The United States at an early age. She was employed at v arious manufacturing sites in Portland. After the death of her first husband, Mr. Chin, she married Hung Wei (Happy) Wong.
YIng was an active member of the Chinese Presbyterian Church and the Wong Family Women’s Auxiliary. She was an excellent seamstress and cook, and delighted many families with her delicacies.
Even though she had no children of her own, she doted on the young people around her. She recognized the importance of education for our younger generations. Before her death in 1996, she enlisted the help of Ray Chang and Bruce Wong in setting up her will. The proceeds from the sale of her home was to be divided equally between the Chinese Presbyterian Church, the Po Leung Kuk Orphanage in Hong Kong, and the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation.
Through her generosity, The Ying Shun Wong memorial Scholarship was established. Twenty-six students have received scholarships in the amounts of $1000 and $500 to date (2014), with many more recipients in the future.
The Wong Family Association was established amongst overseas Chinese communities in the early 20th century to assist descendants of the Wong families. They were made up of people who were related by blood or marriage or from the same area of China and who shared the same surname of Wong. The Association was a place in which to gather and a way to help people adjust to overseas life. There are local chapters established in regions and cities throughout the world. In the United States, a national Wong assembly is held every four years at different locations. The late Norman Wong and Bruce Wong represented the Portland Chapter during the last several decades.
The Portland Chapter celebrates Chinese New Year every year with a banquet and holds its annual picnic at Laurelhurst Park in July.
Through the Portland Chapter of Wong Family Women’s Auxiliary, the local Association has established the Wong Family Association Scholarship. Each year a male and female Wong student are selected to receive scholarships in the amount of $500. These scholarships will continue in the years to come.
Portland Lee’s Association Scholarship (submitted by Neil Lee and Janet Lee)
The Portland Lee’s Association (also known as the Lee On Dong Association or the Lee Family Association) was established around 1881 in the back of a business owned by a Mr. Lee. As the membership grew, the Association bought their first building in New Chinatown at NW 3rd and Davis St. but years later, the building tragically burned down in 1960. In early 1970, the Association bought another building at SE 24th and Ankeny St and remained there for over 20 years. Over these years, the membership continued to grow, and the building became too small for their needs. So in 1989, a group of leaders headed by Dr. Sam Won along with Charles and Susan Lee, began to search for a new building. With donations from local and national Lee members, and help from the San Francisco Lee Family Association headquarters, they were able to purchase and remodel the current building located at 1101 SE Salmon St. in 1990.
The Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team was founded in April 2004 by Mr. Ken Lee, who imparted his lion dance knowledge and experience to Mr. Terry Lee, the current Head Coach of the team. He is currently assisted by Coach’s Eric and Phil Lee. In December 2006, the Coaches travelled to Guangdong Province, China to further their knowledge of Southern or Cantonese style Lion Dance. They trained with lion dance masters and champions in the city of Taishan and observed lion dance events in Fut Shan and Hong Kong. The trio toured two lion dance factories and a drum factory and returned to Portland with four custom made lions. The Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team has performed at thousands of events and is in great demand for performances throughout the year.
Upon their 25th year at their current location in 2016, the Association is establishing the Portland Lee’s Association Scholarship, in honor of its youth. Each year a Lee student will be selected to receive a scholarship in pursuit of furthering their education. It is the Association’s wish that these scholarships will become a sustaining annual gift to promote our youth and our cultural heritage.
Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association Scholarship
The Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association (PKSCA) was founded in November 1987, and the Portland City Council officially approved Kaohsiung as Portland’s Sister City on May 11, 1988. The official sister city agreement was signed on October 11, 1988 during the Association’s first goodwill mission to Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The mission of the Portland Kaohsiung Sister City Association is to promote people to people exchanges of educational, artistic and cultural activities in accordance with the spirit of the Sister City International and to promote Portland and Kaohsiung to the world. PKSCA maintains several programs that focus on and support this mission. These include the annual Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race, participation in the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, and Starlight Parade, annual good will delegation exchanges between Portland and Kaohsiung, and support of Portland Chinese people, organizations and programs.
As part of the mission of friendship and understanding, PKSCA is proud to offer an annual scholarship to honor a local graduating high school student of Chinese ethnicity. These scholarships are established to promote the local youth and the cultural heritage that the Association supports.