2009 Scholar Profiles

Camila Diaz
When Camila began her high school education at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics (Bronx, NY), she had been homeschooled for a full year and needed to catch up to her ninth grade peers. By her junior year, Camila ranked third in her class of 116. In addition to taking AP and honors courses, she attended the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program in Manhattan, a rigorous academic enrichment program that offers college-level curricula. She also dedicated time to peer tutoring and mentoring and served on her student government council. At Wellesley, Camila participated in a six-week study-abroad program in Barcelona between semesters, took a credit-bearing course in Financial Theory at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, served on the Wellesley College Budget Advisory Committee, and was active in college government as a Senator and a member of the Student Organization Funding Committee.  Following graduation, Camila joined Citigroup as an analyst in its Sales & Trading program.
Lydia Ducharme
At Hazen Union High School (Hardwick, VT), Lydia was known for her self-motivation and community-mindedness. One of her recommenders wrote of Lydia, "She talks of possibly becoming a high school chemistry teacher, and I can think of no better role model to put before the next generation of learners." A natural leader, Lydia was Student Council President, played three varsity-level sports, sang in a local choir, played in the band, volunteered in her school and community, and worked part-time, all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. At Boston College, Lydia continued with her volunteer activities as a Student Admission’s Greeter and an active member of Strong Women Strong Girls.  During her junior year, she studied abroad for a semester at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and a minor in General Education, Lydia received post-college training as a Match Teacher Resident and Match Corps Tutor in the Teacher Residency Program of Boston Public Schools, followed by an appointment as Operations and Special Projects Coordinator of Community Charter School of Cambridge.
Juan Hernandez
A model student while attending John H. Reagan Senior High School (Houston, TX), Juan consistently made academic honor roll, won the school and regional science fairs in 2007 and 2009, received a TAKS Commendation (for performance on the state-mandated tests), and was a Project GRAD Texas Scholar. He dedicated his free time to helping those who are less fortunate: at Communities in Schools (CIS), he tutored second- and third-grade students in math, and he also volunteered at the Open Door Mission in nearby Harrisburg. A sociology major at Rice, he volunteered at both the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees and Habitat for Humanity.  He is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Public Health program at the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is serving on The Board, a leadership and management student organization, and as a student associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Asdy Wan
At Philadelphia’s J.R. Masterman School, which is ranked among the top 60 high schools in the U.S., Asdy took advanced placement classes, earning straight A’s throughout her high school career. With a view toward her career plans, Asdy participated in accounting programs for high school students, including programs offered by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Association of Black Accountants. As a member of School for Schools, Asdy helped raise money to build schools in Uganda. She was treasurer of the Asian Teen Union and tutored fifth grade students after school. At the Wharton School of Business, she majored in Marketing and Operations Management, and held internships at Ann Inc. and Li & Fung.  Formerly an order management specialist at west elm, she is currently sales assistant for home & hospitality for Global Brands Group (a member of Fung Group).
Faith Zeng
A graduate of Boston Latin School (Boston, MA), Faith is described by her teachers and members of her community as intellectually curious, bright, generous, focused, and resilient. An accomplished artist, she is also a creative writer, an exceptional student, and a volunteer in both her school and her community. At Boston Latin, she was a volunteer tutor with younger students in math and Latin; outside of school she has volunteered for the Homework Assistant Program and worked at a library with elementary school age children. At SCAD, she became proficient in texturing/shading, lighting, modeling and other facets of graphics art.  She also spent a term  studying in Hong Kong. During the study abroad program, she engaged in volunteer work at an orphanage in nearby in Kanchanaburi (Thailand) by helping out with the children and designing business and marketing publications for the school.  Following graduation, she accepted an internship at CG Textures in Portland, OR.  She is currently a freelance CG artist for Ingenuity Studios Inc., a Los Angeles-based firm which creates moving images for film, television, and advertising.
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