?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 theDisneyland 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
Hwang said the scholarship will go toward college; he will attend UCLA
next semester to study microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics.
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 clickhere.