Saturday, June 23, 2012

OCA-East Bay and Port AEA awarded the Frank Kiang Memorial Scholarship to Local Student

OCA-East Bay board members attended the Asian Employees Association at the Port of Oakland's Annual Scholarship Dinner on Friday, June 22nd 2012. This year OCA-East Bay Chapter Vice President Michael Lok served on the AEA Scholarship Committee.  Every year, OCA-East Bay co-sponsors the Frank Kiang Memorial Scholarship with the AEA.

About Frank Kiang Memorial Scholarship
Frank Kiang was a longtime civic activist and leader who served the community in Oakland as a mentor, business leader and advocate for Asian Americans for nearly three decades. Some of his accomplishments included founding the East Bay Chapter of OCA, founding Oakland-based Metropolitan Bank, and serving as a Commissioner and President of the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. In memory of his love for the city and people of Oakland and the Port, OCA-East Bay, the Kiang Family and the Asian Employees Association of the Port of Oakland (Port AEA) will present one high performing student with the Annual Frank Kiang Memorial Scholarship.

This year's scholarship recipient: Ratema Uch
Ratema Uch is a determined individual who wants to make an impact on a person’s life.  She is fulfilling that mission by currently serving with Oakland Youth Empowering Advocates (OYEA) as a youth board member for The Spot Youth Center and Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (now known as Forward Together) CORE program as a youth organizer.  Ratema has also worked with Sisters in Action for Issues of Reproductive Empowerment (SAFIRE) and API Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership. She has spoken at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference and the New Leadership Networking Initiative Conference. 

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