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WHCE Undergraduate Scholarship

2014 Undergraduate Scholarship Winner

Jie Jane Chen is a third year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Psychology and Public Health. She enjoys learning about and exploring the interactions between psychological processes and physical wellbeing through research and clinical internships. In the future, Jane plans to attend medical school and study oncology.  

Outside of academics, Jane enjoys playing piano and violin, dancing, hiking and traveling to as many countries as she can.

In 2014, WHCE will award the first Undergraduate Scholarship to a third-year undergraduate student dedicated to pursuing a health-related career.  The $2,500 scholarship and a one-year complimentary WHCE membership are awarded to a student who meets the eligibility and selection criteria.  The scholarship winner will be recognized at WHCE's Annual Woman of the Year event, to be held in San Francisco on May 1, 2014.  

Previously, WHCE awarded scholarships to high school seniors involved in girls, inc. Past awardees include:

2012: Denisse Leon. Denisse Leon is a senior at a little-known high school in San Lorenzo called KIPP King Collegiate High School. She comes from a family whose goal is break the mold of the stereotypical Mexican-American by reaching success through a college-level education. Denisse finds that the sciences are really easy for her, and her mother has always been very supportive of her hard work in school. That being said, she realized she wanted to be a doctor, later pinpointing her area of focus: surgery. Denisse strives to work hard in all her science classes, and though she may focus on school a tremendous amount, she takes occasional breaks to sit and read a book or write out a personal essay. She intends to combine her love of science and writing in college, pursuing a double major in biology (w/ pre-med track) and English when she travels across the country to attend Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. 

2012: Vivian Nguyen. Vivian is a senior at Alameda Science and Technology Institute and will be attending UC Santa Cruz in the fall of 2012 to pursue a career in dentistry. She has been in girls inc. for about six years and has grown into a confident woman because of her involvement and the girls inc. leadership. Throughout high school she always strived to live up to the motto, “service above self.” She is able to display this through Interact, a community service club she has been a member of throughout her high school career. The Interact club holds fundraising and community service events that help raise money for different charity organizations. As she grows older, she hopes to give back to the community in any way she can.

2011: Tia Gangopadhyay  (girls inc of the Island  City). Tia is a high school senior at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School and plans to attend UC Berkeley in the fall of 2011 to pursue a career in medicine. Tia has focused her work experience on teaching Bengali at a language school, a passion that she hopes to apply to her interest in medicine and social work. Tia has been actively involved in the Facilitate Her program at girls, inc for four years, teaching young girls the importance of confidence, speaking mind, and breaking the barriers of gender inequality. She has spent the past 8 months shadowing her pediatrician, learning and experiencing life as a physician. Tia plans to attend medical school and one day take her passion for medicine, inquisitiveness for research, and love for children and open pediatric clinics and research institutions in third world countries.



2011: Angelica Guevara   (girls inc of Alameda County). Angelica is a high school senior at San Leandro High School and plans to attend UC Davis to pursue a career in nursing. An active member of girls, Inc, Angelica has interned at a chiropractic office, volunteered at her church for several years helping younger children understand lessons by translating and reading to them, and has been active in the girls inc, HEART program (Helping Everyone Achieve Respect Together health and sex peer education). Angelica has been actively  engaged in advocacy for the Latino community as a member of Latinos Unidos throughout middle school and high school. Angelica was most recently selected to attend the Woodhull Ethical Leadership Young Women’s Retreat in January, 2011. Angelica has been able to successfully balance her academic pursuits, participation and leadership in girls, inc and her volunteer work in her community with a very active family life


2010: Aujenee Johnson. A recent graduate from Holy Names High School in Oakland, she will attend Xavier University of Louisiana in the fall and plans to become a pediatric cardiac surgeon as a result of her experience volunteering in the Pediatric Surgery Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has been active with the girl's inc. program since 2004. Aujenee was selected as the Eurekan of the Year for 2008-2009. She is passionate, persuasive and has a tremendous heart. She balances her active volunteer life with a challenging academic schedule and still finds time to mentor other girls in math and science.

Brianna Pang Photo.jpg2009: Brianna Pang. A recent graduate of Skyline High School in Oakland CA, Brianna is an honors student, a JROTC leader, accomplished musician, & academic scholar. Among her many accomplishments, Brianna received the Directors' Award from the Young Musicians Program (YMP) at the University of California, Berkeley and is a Coming Up Taller Award winner (First Lady Laura Bush.)  Brianna will attend Stanford in the fall majoring in pre-med/healthciences.

2008:  Melissa Hayes. Melissa graduated from Castro Valley High School on June 12, 2008 with a long history of giving to her community as a camp counselor,  library volunteer and dedicated girls, inc. volunteer. She developed her presentation skills as a Peer Educator teaching her classmates about healthy choices related to sexuality, smoking and drugs. Melissa has served as a Mentor with girls inc teaching other students how to act as counselors.  As one of only two girl's inc Interns this year, she organized a Health and College Resources Fair at girls inc by inviting local health and academic organizations to an educational event at girls inc.  When not volunteering, Melissa works as a lifeguard, babysitter, supervisor at an art studio.  Melissa graduated with a 4.10 GPA despite all of her many extracurricular activities. She plans to study biology at UC Davis and become a researcher, nurse or doctor.

2007: Madrianne Wong. Madrianne graduated with High Honors from Castro Valley High School in June, 2007 and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College in suburban Philadelphia. As an intern for HEART (Helping Everyone Achieve Respect Together,) a program of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Madrianne facilitated health and sexuality peer education programs focused on teen pregnancy prevention and harm reduction. Madrianne also served as President of her school's Red Cross Club and worked with the ACLU's Youth Activist Committee in planning the largest youth-run student activist conference in California. Madrianne was voted "Most Likely to Change the World" by her high school classmates. Her ultimate goal is to work on behalf of women in developing countries on issues of reproductive health.

2006: Catherine Nguyen. Motivated by her mother’s illness and the knowledge that in their native country, Vietnam, that illness may not have been well managed, Catherine wants to become a doctor. However, it was not until Catherine got involved with a Girls, Inc. wrestling team that she was able to discern that she wants to focus on Sports Medicine. Catherine’s scholarship is helping to support her expenses at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

2005: Channel Taylor. Channel was planning to attend a community college, majoring in nursing and child development, with an ultimate goal of completing a 4-year degree at either Stanford or the University of Southern California. At the time of her award, she stated that her ultimate goal is to become a pediatric nurse, because she has a passion for children and a passion to help people.

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