WASHINGTON – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council’s scholarship fund has named Jenny Chhea of Rosemead, Calif., as the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. The Scholarship, awarded by the FAPAC Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Endowment Fund Inc., will be given in honor of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the first Asian American woman appointed to the President’s Cabinet in American history. The scholarship includes a $5,000 stipend, which will be presented to Chhea at the 33rd National Leadership Training Program to be held from May 14-17, 2018, at the Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA.
“This is amazing news,” said Chhea, who will graduate in 2019 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. “With this award, I hope to complete my studies and help students from traditionally underserved communities—including Asian Pacific Americans-- access opportunity and achieve their dreams.” The theme for this year’s program is Unite Our Voices by Working Together, and Secretary Chao is expected to attend and present the award.
Of the May event, FAPAC President Olivia Adrian, said, “We are excited to present timely training and workshops, plenary sessions and the opportunities to give attendees information for their continued professional and personal development.”
Training sessions will include career development, leadership, strategic management, communications, and diversity and inclusion. Registration is open on FAPAC’s website.
The FAPAC’s National Leadership Training Program has been approved by the federal Office of Personnel Management as an appropriate training for the federal workforce. This year’s NLTP is expected to draw up to 300 attendees from across the Federal and D.C. governments.
FAPAC is the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islanders employees in the Federal and D.C. governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has been committed to addressing the interests, issues and representation of AAPIs in the Federal and D.C. governments and promoting local partnerships within the public and private sectors.
FAPAC is nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents the interests of over 181,000 AAPI employees in the Federal and D.C. governments.
The FAPAC Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes the recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander students who are interested in public service and have made contributions to foster diversity and inclusion in the AAPI community.
For many years, FAPAC has awarded a number of scholarships and internships to AAPI college students who exhibit excellent academic achievement as well as demonstrated a continuous effort to foster diversity and community service to the AAPI community.
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