Posted by Ed Hamilton on Jun 09, 2019
Vicky Yu, honored on May 30 as a scholarship recipient by our Club, received the Central Kitsap High School l (CKHS) Principal’s Award on June 6.  This award is given to a student who overcomes significant obstacles while maintaining academic achievement.  (See the scholarship award story at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/2019-silverdale-rotary-scholarship-winners.)
 
Vicky, a recipient of an Education Assistance Grant by the Silverdale Rotary, was born in China and came to the United States with her parents as a baby.  Her parent struggled financially and Vicky noted the gratitude she felt when receiving food and school supplies from the community during her early school years.  Vicky began living on her own as early as 7 years old while her parents opened a restaurant.  By age 10 she was working nightly in the restaurant and doing homework into the early hours of the morning. 
 
Vicky completed CK High School with a 3.9 GPA and took several AP courses, excelling in math and science.  She plans to attend the University of Washington this Fall and pursue a medical-related degree.
 
The Silverdale Rotary Club began offering Education Assistance Grants, in addition to traditional scholarships, about 5 years ago as a means of assisting students who have had life challenges that interrupt the path of a traditional high school experience.  While the Silverdale Rotary Club Scholarship Committee does not normally discuss the stories of our Education Grant recipients, out of respect to their privacy, Vicky receiving the award and having her story told in front of her fellow students offers our Club a chance to hear the tough stories behind one of our student's path to academic success.