Friday, May 31, 2013

Hesed Kim -- 2013 APIA Scholarship Recipient

The Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association awarded the 2013 scholarship to Hesed Kim in recognition for his community service, leadership, and academic performance. On campus, Hesed keeps active performing in most of the theatrical productions. He has demonstrated leadership abilities through his position as secretary of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the California Community College honor society. As an officer of the honor society, Hesed has organized a number of events and is responsible for intra-club communication. In the community,  Hesed volunteers at the Dongshin Presbyterian Church where he leads a weekly bible study session and mentors high school freshmen.  In addition, he volunteers at the First Evangelical Church of Fullerton where he serves as a teacher in the children’s dept. and helps with various church events. The Compton Initiative also benefits from Hesed’s community service; he helps paint and renovate dilapidated houses in the City of Compton.  In fall of this year, he worked as a tutor at a private academy. While volunteering and working, Hesed has maintained a high grade point average as a Theater Arts major.  He was a recipient of the SRO (Standing Room Only) summer theater conservatory scholarship and he is on the President’s Honor list. In the future, Hesed hopes to transfer to Julliard, Yale or UCLA to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. He would like to achieve success in film and theater and break down barriers that Asian Americans have faced in this field.

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