NAAAP Boston celebrates young Asian leaders at 2014 gala

By Teresa Cheong

 

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Boston chapter’s 2014 Scholarship Gala celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Future Leader Awards on May 12 at Northeastern University.

High school seniors Jerry Li and Yi Ren Fung were the two recipients of the 2014 NAAAP Boston Future Leader Awards, each worth $4,000 in scholarship funding. Li of Quincy High School won the Richard T.N. Lee Future Leader Scholarship Award and plans to study math at Northeastern University.

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Boston chapter held its 2014 Scholarship Gala on May 12 at Northeastern University. (Image courtesy of Mi Zhao.)

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Boston chapter held its 2014 Scholarship Gala on May 12 at Northeastern University. (Image courtesy of Mi Zhao.)

Li was homeless for a year. Today, the mathematically gifted senior spends his free time giving back to the community as a tutor. “It inspired me to achieve in the field of math,” he said.

Fung of North Quincy High School won the Liberty Mutual Future Leader Scholarship Award. She plans to study computer science or biomedical engineering at Rice University.

“I knew at an early age money was tight,” Fung said. “I had the knowledge to achieve the unreachable American dream of my parents.”

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu spoke at the gala.

“Leadership is inspiring, mobilizing organizations and others to be their best selves,” Chang-Diaz said.

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