2018 Scholarship Recipients

Tiffany Juan '19

Before sharing anything else, I just want to say thank you to everyone at the Berkeley Club of Taiwan for this gracious scholarship! I am beyond grateful. 

I'm currently a fourth-year Molecular and Cell Biology major and Bioengineering minor. I was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan, and moved to California halfway through high school. Because roughly half of my family still lives in Taiwan, I visit as much as possible, especially to see my grandma, who means the world to me. Of course, I also visit for the ridiculously good food. As much as I love it here at Berkeley, Taiwan will always have a piece of my heart, and will always be home no matter where I go. 

For as long as I can remember, I have loved science, especially biology, and am so blessed to be able to study that here at Berkeley. I've been volunteering with the American Medical Women's Association since my freshman year, and recently joined the Bioengineering Honor Society. In addition, I also founded the Berkeley chapter of Love Your Melon--an organization that focuses on raising awareness for pediatric cancer. While I'm still deciding between medical and graduate school, I know that I want to continue studying biology so that someday, I'll be capable of giving back, and capable of giving someone the same freedom I've been given to pursue my goals. 

Edward Hsu '22

First of all, I would like to thank The Berkeley Club of Taiwan and its generous donors for providing me with this scholarship. I am extremely grateful for being chosen for the scholarship, and I hope that this scholarship program will continue to help students like me reach their academic goals. 

I am currently a first year Chemical Engineering student at UC Berkeley. I was born and raised in Taipei for seven years before moving to California with my mom and older sister. Despite losing some of my Chinese reading and writing ability since moving here, I still feel deeply connected to Taiwan and I am proud to call myself Taiwanese. My family and I try to travel to Taiwan every year to visit our relatives, learn more about the culture, and, of course, feast on the night market food.

My first semester at Cal so far has been both challenging and rewarding. Although I am still trying to find my place on this campus, I have met many different people, each with their own goals and aspirations, who have inspired me to continue defining and redefining what I want out of my education and with my life. After graduating, I hope to reach a position where I am able to touch and improve the lives of those around me and around the world.