After eight years of volunteering a total of 793 hours of community
service in Orange County, Fountain Valley High School student Jonathan
Hwang’s philanthropic ventures were recently acknowledged with a $7,500
scholarship during a Fountain Valley City Council meeting.
Hwang, a 17-year-old Fountain Valley student, was awarded the scholarship from the Disneyland Resort Scholarship Program by volunteering at Hoag Hospital and various Boy Scouts of America events.
According to Melanie Vogel, media relations representative, the
Disneyland Resort has offered the scholarship since 2005 and selects 10
Orange County students each year.
Vogel said that in order to receive the scholarship, each applicant
must be a graduating high school senior, have served at least 150 hours
of community service with a nonprofit organization, have a 3.0 GPA, and
be in the process of joining an institute of higher education.
Hwang said his two biggest achievements in volunteering were planning
a Christmas caroling event at Hoag Hospital and helping repair a gazebo
at the Alzheimer’s Family Service Center in Huntington Beach with his
fellow Boy Scouts.
Hwang said time management is a key factor in his life since he not
only finds time to volunteer, but also plays violin in the Fountain
Valley High School orchestra and is the vice president of the Thirst
Relief International Club, which raises funds to purchase clean drinking
water for third-world countries.
Hwang said the scholarship will go toward college; he will attend
UCLA next semester to study microbiology, immunology and molecular
According to Hwang, he became interested in medicine after his mother
died of cancer when he was a child, which pushed him to learn more
about what causes diseases and what can cure them.
Hwang remains modest in his accomplishments, saying that having the
opportunity to help others in his community is the real reward,
especially since he enjoys learning about medicine at Hoag.
“The charity organizations I’ve volunteered for have given me so much more than I’ve given to them over the years,” he said. To view the original Orange County Register article, please click here.