In an effort to provide financial assistance for Thai high school students in greater Los Angeles, the Angels Wings Foundation is awarding up to $240,000 in overall scholarship money to 24 rising college students of Thai ancestry from Los Angeles County.
The Angels Wings Thai Scholarship is an initiative sponsored by Angels Wings’ founder — philanthropist Porntip Bui Simon — to recognize Thai- American students who have demonstrated academic excellence, concern for the Thai community and a desire to continue their education.
Angels Wings Foundation has since 2002 funded schools, orphanages, health care and supporting various social services to benefit underprivileged children in Thailand.
The vision for the scholarship initiative is to open doors for Thai students to experience higher education and create a nationwide network of Thai youth scholars.
“Having grown up in Southern California, I have personally been inspired by the enriching Thai community,” Simon said. “Now that my children are becoming more independent, I am thrilled to have the privilege of time to invest in our local Thai youth and encourage their Thai pride, while continuing to support my beloved country of Thailand.”
Awardees will receive $5,000 towards education expenses to attend trade school or city/community colleges or a $10,000 scholarship to students attending a university.
Angels Wings Foundation was founded in 2002 by Thai philanthropist Porntip Bui Simon as a non-profit organization aimed at assisting the underprivileged children of Thailand.
—City News Service
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