The Los Angeles Chapter of the International Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering awarded three Fairfax High School seniors with Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship awards at an event on May 16 at Fortune House restaurant in the Fairfax District.
Students Sae Kim, Angie Shin and Jiho Kim each received $3,000 scholarships and a proclamation from the city of Los Angeles. SAMPE’s Los Angeles Chapter also provided $2,000 college book awards to three additional students.
The Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship program was initiated in 1996 shortly after the death of Irene Epstein, wife of longtime Fairfax District resident and retired aerospace engineer George Epstein. The scholarships recognize the Epstein family’s desire to assist low-income, academically deserving students attend college to study engineering, science, mathematics or medicine. This year marks the 23rd year the scholarships have been awarded.
Sae Kim is in the top 1% of her class with a GPA of 4.352. She plans to major in math and biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and her goal is to become an obstetrician or gynecologist.
Jiho Kim ranks in the top 1% of her class and will graduate with a GPA of 4.405. She plans to attend UCLA to study bioengineering. While attending high school, she also worked in the Clinical Trials Office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine studying stem cells.
Shin is also in the top 1% of her class with a GPA of 4.327. She plans to attend Harvard University and major in physics.
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