Scholarship Winner Blog Entries


Inyoung Hong Our 2014 College Scholarship Winner

Two days before my 18th birthday, at 1 AM on a Monday morning, one of my best friends told me that she was going to die. An official brain scan was going to be done soon, but her doctor already knew the expected result. Maria had a brain tumor, and … [Read More...]

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Graduating High School by Kyleigh McPhillips

I graduate high school in less than two weeks. This is no new prospect to me. My peers have scribbled countdowns onto every whiteboard, student planner, and corners of assignments that they can get their hands on. Even the teachers have … [Read More...]

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Kyleigh McPhillips

Click here for more information on Kyleigh and the rest of the scholarship recipients. … [Read More...]


“My Freshman Year of College is Over” by Caitlin Dong

A quick note from Caitlin Dong, our first Carol Phan College Scholarship recipient! - D-O-N-E. I’m donedonedone. My freshman year of college is over and it definitely feels surreal. I remember thinking at the beginning of the school year that … [Read More...]

Amy Ly, West High, 2012 Carol Phan Scholarship Winner

Amy Ly, West High

For more about Amy and the other scholarship here. Here is the picture Amy submitted for the scholarship: Amy's $1,000 scholarship was sponsored by Action Jumpers. - Drive Safe!  Never Forget. … [Read More...]

Seokho Hong, Tracy High, 2012 Carol Phan College Scholarship winner

Seokho Hong, Tracy High

For more about Seokho and the other scholarship here. - - Seokho Hong, Tracy High, 2012 Carol Phan College Scholarship Essay My passion in life is computer programming. It’s not simply what I want to do for a living in my … [Read More...]


“High School vs College and Home vs Dorm” by Caitlin Dong

Here is a BRAND NEW blog entry from Caitlin Dong,'s 2011 College Scholarship  winner. Caitlin is now attending U.C. Berkeley (....Berzerkeley....I just had to do it!).  :-) Enjoy! -- College life is undoubtedly different from … [Read More...]

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“College Thus Far :-)” by Caitlin Dong

Note:  Caitlin Dong was the first recipient of the Carol Phan College Scholarship.  She is now attending U.C. Berkeley.  Thank you, Caitlin, for this update and the kind words at the end of your blog entry.  You rock!  :-) -- Sitting here, I … [Read More...]

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Cool Things To Do In Tracy, CA by Caitlin Dong

I thought  it  would be cool to compile a little list of things to do around Tracy. I asked a few friends and here is what they said: Cynthia: "having coffee at Baristas & relaxing over good conversation (: " Monique: " id have to say … [Read More...]

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UC Berkeley Student Orientation by Caitlin Dong

UC Berkeley Student Orientation by Caitlin Dong Just as high school freshmen attend orientation, so do college freshmen. I attended freshman orientation for UC Berkeley in the middle of June. Everyone abbreviated and referred to orientation as CalSO … [Read More...]

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“My Passion For Dance & How It’s Changed” by Caitlin Dong

My Passion for Dance & How It’s Changed Submitted by: Caitlin Dong When I was little, I dreamed of being a prima ballerina. After all, what little girl doesn’t dream of becoming someone who is beautiful and graceful, like a ballerina? I … [Read More...]

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Movie Reviews

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“Lucy” Movie Review

(Transformative, Scarlett Johansson) - -- Lucy is the name of the oldest known hominid female who bones were found in Ethiopia in 1973.  Go to WikiPedia for more information. Fast forward, 3.2 million years or so, and Scarlett Johansson … Go here for more...


“Tammy” Movie Review

(Goofball Comedy with a Message) - - "Tammy" was universally panned by the "critics". We have learned NOT to listen to them and to judge a movie (the whole movie not a poorly made trailer) on it's own merits and see if it meets our … Go here for more...

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“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” Movie Review

(SPECTACULAR, Hail Caesar, Hail Serkis) - - The human population has been decimated by the simian virus. Very few remain. 10 years after Caesar (Andy Serkis) organized the apes and colonized in Muir Woods north of San Francisco, the … Go here for more...

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“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ Movie Review

(Wonderful) - - Five years after the events in the last movie.....the people of Berk and the dragons are living in harmony. Instead of participating in the dragon races, Toothless and Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) are exploring, and … Go here for more...

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Movie Review

(Extreme Action) - - Evil CIA manager, Kelsey Grammer (as Harold Attinger) has made a deal with an alien species to help him eliminate the last of the Autobots. For some reason, Grammer has decided that our friends were now our enemies, … Go here for more...