Yucheng “John” Yang, Mary Dimond Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Yucheng “John” Yang, the 2011-12 winner of the Mary Dimond Scholarship for international students! Yucheng was selected by a committee composed of Lewis & Clark faculty, staff and the daughter of Mary Dimond.
Yucheng is from Chengdu, China. He is a junior at the College and a double major in mathematics and economics. Yucheng has an impressive list of credentials that helped him win the Mary Dimond Scholarship. He is a very strong student who has been on the Dean’s list. He is a math tutor and grader for the Mathematics Department. This past summer he was an intern at JP Morgan’s new office in Chengdu helping local businesses with financial documents for loan applications. He was also an assistant at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences doing research on how the Chinese government should subsidize local farmers.
In 2009 Yucheng volunteered in the aftermath of the Chengdu earthquake. He provided educational support in temporary elementary schools in the affected area. Yucheng taught math and English to elementary school students.
At Lewis & Clark, Yucheng was a member of the wind ensemble, playing the clarinet. He was a participant for two years in the annual International Fair and Chinese New Year celebration. He is also a member of the Chinese Club and the Economics Club.
When told of the award, Yucheng stated, “This is quite an honor for me. I never met Mary Dimond, but I know from the website and from others that she contributed much to international students at Lewis & Clark.”
Mary Dimond was the Foreign Student Advisor at Lewis & Clark from 1966 until her retirement in 1980. When Mary retired, the College wanted to honor her many years of service and good work by establishing a scholarship for international students in her name. Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence, a well-rounded personality, and involvement in on-campus activities and a special commitment to off campus volunteer endeavors.