OSSINING,N.Y. --Soon Il Higashino, 18, of Ossining, recently received a $16,000 scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area.
Higashino was one of six recipients of the 2016 RMHC/ASIA (Asian Students Increasing Achievement) Scholarship Program, which supports local students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.
Higashino, who is heading for Princeton in the fall, serves as an officer at her school's environmental club and plays five instruments in five different music groups.
“This scholarship will help me immensely by helping me cover portions of my financial aid package,” said Higashino.
Created in 2001, the RMHC/ASIA Scholarship Program has awarded over $1.5 million to Asian high school students in the New York Tri-State Area.
Recipients are selected by a judging committee comprised of representatives from leading community organizations and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“Contrary to popular belief, many Asian American students face significant financial barriers to higher education,” said Michael Anderer, a member of this year’s scholarship selection committee and president of RMHC New York Tri-State Area Board of Trustees. “The RMHC/ASIA Scholarship is a program that recognizes this reality and has gone to great lengths to address it.”