APAA YAC Michael D. Kung Memorial Scholarship
On July 5, 2016, the Trojan family lost a valuable alumnus, brother, and friend. As a respected member within the Asian Pacific community, Michael D. Kung (Class of ‘14) left a lasting impact on his peers through his contributions and activism.
Michael graduated with honors and two degrees in Business Administration and Political Science. He exemplified his leadership skills early on and became an integral part of the AP student community through his involvement with the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASS), and multicultural fraternity, Zeta Phi Rho. As President of his fraternity and Events Coordinator of APASA, Michael planned and oversaw a number of campus events for the student body. Throughout his time at USC, he was a mentor to numerous students, participating in APASS’s PEER mentorship program as well as consistently serving as a Welcome Advisor to incoming students. Michael not only supported his fellow AP students through his participation in APASA/APASS events and meetings, but he also inspired others to take active roles within their communities.
With your help, we hope to raise $25,000 for the APAA YAC Scholarship as a dedication to Michael’s impact and commitment to the AP community. We believe that with your support and donation, whether it is $1, $100, or even $1000, we can make history. Please join us in making an impact in students’ lives.
“Ever since the day I met Michael at APASS New Student Welcome my freshman year, he has been one of my role models for APA leadership and a helpful mentor. Michael’s overflowing charisma and relentless passion inspired me to be a better person every day. He encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and become more confident. He supported me through all of my endeavors and was always there with sound advice when I needed it. I am grateful to have met him and to have been influenced by him.”
- Jackie Chen, Class of ‘15
“Everyone knew Michael. Not just because of his friendly and generous personality, but also from his commitment of being so deeply involved within the APA organizations. Year after year, he made it a point to give back more to the Trojan family with which he identified so much. He welcomed four straight generations of APA students to their first steps of becoming a part of the family. He made and helped serve thousands of sandwiches to Skid Row with his fraternity, Zeta Phi Rho. His constant involvement proved that any of us can be conduits of change for our community. Michael lived as a dreamer - and inspired those around him to make a real impact in the world.”
- Vincent Ong, Class of ‘15
“I remember Michael Kung's selfless and infectious ways when he was an Active of Zeta Phi Rho. Those qualities shone bright as he gave his all in the AP Community and never asked for anything back. One could count the many AP activities he was involved in, but what you couldn't count were the many friendships he forged during his time at USC.”
- Ryan Agustin, former advisor for USC Zeta Phi Rho
“Michael was, in all aspects, a true Trojan – he was a compassionate student leader who lead by example and had the spirit of entrepreneurship within him. I met Michael as a freshman and saw his growth through his four years at SC. It was his kindness, generosity, and dependability that allowed me to seek guidance from him and trust in his ability to connect with our community. Michael’s legacy can be seen in the students he’s mentored, the success of the organizations he lead, and the hole he’s left in our community’s heart.”
- Jonathan Wang, Director for USC Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS)
We are fortunate to have known MK during our lives. He dreamt big. But he did more than dream; he dared to be great by working hard every day to realize those dreams, whether it be changes in the APAA community or exploring entrepreneurship. He embraced challenge with a passion few could match, and he inspired many to give their passions their all. Let us always remember his spirit and honor his legacy now and forever.
- Ryan Lau, Class of 2014
It’s hard not to think about Michael without remembering his conviction and ability to articulate his opinions on everything. From day 1 of college, Michael was a critical thinker — as equally able to excel in our shared quantitative business classes as he was able to perpetuate thoughtful and creative thoughts in his humanities and political science classes. I was often jealous and amazed at his ability to succeed in a statistics course as he was able to hold a conversation about political philosophy. I still think about Michael often and sorely miss what would have been some incredibly intelligent, insightful, and sharply funny comments on today’s current events. He was truly at USC to learn and still inspires me to be a student every day.
- Jennie Zhang, Class of 2014
About USC APAA
The USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association connects and supports USC alumni of Asian Pacific origin/descent (encompassing ethnicities from Asia and the Pacific Rim) with the university and one another lifelong and worldwide through meaningful and relevant programs.
The APAA Young Alumni Council is a part of the APAA, and works with the APAA Board of Directors to engage with alumni within 10 years after graduation. They comprise of committees focusing on philanthropic, social, and professional events respectively, as well as support the various initiatives the APAA Board of Directors, such as reviewing scholarship applications, and organizing signature events.
APAA was originally founded as the Asian Pacific American Support Group (APASG) by Irene Hirano MPA '73, Frank Kwan '71, Kenneth Kasamatsu '68, Alan Kumamoto (1st APASG President), Dennis Kunisaki, Mary Kurushima, Michael Matsuda '82, Sarah Miyahira and Karen Wong JD '86. Chartered in 1982, the APASG organized alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who were committed to quality services to Asian Pacific American USC undergraduates.