Academy receives Jane Wha-Young Kim Foundation Scholarships

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Photographed with the Kim family are the Academy of Our Lady of Guam’s four current Jane Wha-Young Kim Scholarship recipients Christine Lazaro, Avelina Marie Francisco, Alexis Jade Santos, and Kiana Joy Yabut, along with former beneficiaries Janna Malig-on '15, Alvea Fastidio '16, and Kristin Bansil '13 and their families. Also in the photo are AOLG President, Sr. Mary Angela Perez, RSM, AOLG Principal Mary A.T. Meeks, and Richard Z. Alvia, the Archdiocese of Agaña’s Superintendent of Catholic Education. (Photo courtesy of AOLG)

For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

After the Mass in celebration of the first day of school for the Academy of Our Lady of Guam at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatña, Yuri Kim, a graduate of Academy’s Class of 1989 and now a U.S. Foreign Service Senior Officer, presented the scholarship in memory of her late mother, Jane Wha-Young Kim who was one of the casualties of the Korean Airlines Flight 801 crash on Guam in August 6, 1997, twenty years ago.

The Academy of Our Lady of Guam received four full tuition scholarships from the Kim family. The four Academy scholarship recipients are Christine Lazaro, Avelina Marie Francisco, Alexis Jade Santos, and Kiana Joy Yabut.

According to Yuri Kim, “My mother was a strong proponent of the power of education, and of opportunities for young women. This is my family’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to the students and teachers of Academy.” She also said that her mother “loved the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and the Sisters of Mercy.”

The Jane Wha-Young Kim Scholarship, established at the Academy in 2007, has been awarded to fourteen recipients. In summary, Yuri Kim stated, “It makes me so tremendously proud of the kind of people Academy continues to educate. We are pleased we can play a small role in helping with that. But really the credit goes to the students working hard and taking this opportunity to learn as much as possible, and hopefully, eventually give back as much as possible.” See related photo on Page 2

Information provided by AOLG