PAA Graduate Receives Prestigious Scholarship

Dana Yoon, Portland Adventist Academy graduate, was named one of Pacific Union College's five Maxwell Scholars for the 2009–2010 school year. This prestigious award, named in honor of Malcolm Maxwell, long-serving PUC president and Eileen, his wife, rewards incoming freshmen who have demonstrated high academic achievement, a commitment to Christian service and outstanding leadership skills with $10,000 in renewable scholarship funds.

Yoon was selected on the basis of an outstanding record of school and church involvement and community service while in high school. She held class offices in her freshman and sophomore years, and Student Association offices in her junior and senior years. She was involved on the yearbook staff, in several school music groups, and in varsity and junior varsity athletics. She was also a member of the National Honor Society for two years.

Yoon taught a junior high Sabbath School class at Oregon Central Korean Church, her home congregation. She accompanied the church's children's choir and played in the church's worship band. She also led out in Vacation Bible School and coordinated a church youth rally at the Northwest Korean Adventist Church her senior year.

In her local community, Yoon has been involved in mission trips, feedings at homeless shelters, camp counseling, volunteer disaster relief efforts and nursing home visits.

An active community role has been important to Yoon since childhood. "Growing up, I had a lot of role models who were involved in the community," she says. "I saw them making a difference in people's lives, and I realized that's the kind of person I wanted to be."

Yoon starts at PUC this fall. She is planning to major in biochemistry and is considering a possible career in the family business of dentistry.

September 01, 2009 / Oregon Conference