Two recent San Marino High School graduates will head to college with some valuable extra dollars to put toward their education, courtesy of the Yun-Chung W. Chang memorial scholarships.
Chelsea An, who is heading to Rice University, and Berkeley-bound Marlene Ketelaar were selected as the 2022 recipients of the honors, which are presented to San Marino High School graduates who are hoping to pursue a career in medicine.
Among her impressive list of accomplishments, An has published a paper through City of Hope and created a research exposition for mathematics and science on regenerative medicine.
At San Marino High School, An was president of the Science Olympiad team while coaching the squad at Huntington Middle School. During the pandemic, An co-founded a charitable organization called Book-My-Vax, which helped senior citizens navigate online vaccine programs. She was also a member of the school’s award-winning Dance Company.
Ketelaar completed a Harvard extension course in neuroscience and volunteered at Huntington Hospital in the neurology department. She was also a setter on the volleyball team, played water polo, was a member of the Girls Who Code club and a Link Crew leader.
Both An and Ketelaar were also National Merit semifinalists and studied in San Marino High School’s Caltech STEM research course.
Endowed in honor of the mother of longtime resident and five-term San Marino School Board member C. Joseph Chang and his wife, Shwu, 2022 marks the seventh year the scholarships have been presented as a thoughtful, appropriate tribute to Yun-Chung W. Chang, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 92. She was a pharmacist and encouraged her children to consider health care as a profession and inspired them to actively participate in charitable pursuits.
“The mission of the memorial scholarship is to encourage the pursuit of medical sciences and the development of research and education in the health profession for students,” Joseph Chang said.
The scholarships are based on nominations from a selection committee consisting of two science teachers, at least two counselors and at least one administrator. Candidates must be bound for a 4-year college, be of good character, display a willingness to serve the community and excel in science with a career goal in health science.
“They are the student models of 3 A’s at San Marino schools, academic, athletics and arts,” Chang said. “Chelsea did a wonderful performance as a senior on Dance Company and Marlene’s passion was very evident on the girls’ volleyball team. Both of them have expressed their interest in the medical and biological sciences in the future.”