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Johnny Li: One of 10 Selected for Disney Scholarship

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Of more than 125 high school seniors from across Orange County, senior Johnny Li has been selected as one of ten to receive a $5,000 college scholarship from the Disneyland Resort. Applicants were required to complete at least 100 hours of volunteer service last year and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Johnny’s volunteer service included founding the Orange County Math Circle and joining the Art of Problem Solving Foundation.

“I volunteer because it’s the best way for me to give back to the community directly,” said Johnny. “In keeping with this philosophy, I founded the Orange County Math Circle in 2007 to share my passion for math with people in my hometown. Responding to the national campaign to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, my vision was to create an inspiring student-run nonprofit organization making math resources accessible to all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic background.”

Under Johnny’s leadership, the Orange County Math Circle has grown to more than 50 devoted volunteers from 30 schools. It offers lectures, tournaments, and events, serving more than 1,000 students in 75 schools in Southern California.

The Disney Scholarship recipients were surprised at their schools by a Disneyland Resort “prize patrol” team and honored at a dinner gala last Wednesday at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

Click here to read the full OC Register article.

“Although Johnny wasn’t there due to conflict, James and I had an amazingly fun time at the Awards Ceremony on May 25,” said Johnny’s mom, Wendy Li. “Besides meeting Disneyland’s president and the staff, and hugging Mickey, Minnie, and the crew, we got to shake hands with many government officials, judges, and other recipients and their families. All the service projects were very interesting and inspiring. Laguna Niguel Council Member Roger Min and current Mayor Gary Capata also came to congratulate Johnny’s achievement. In addition to the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and the $5,000 scholarship, Johnny received a giant Mickey Mouse statue, a beautifully framed certificate and Disneyland passes. He will be recognized at the Laguna Niguel City Council meeting on June 7. We got the royal treatment with a formal dinner reception and signature entertainment; Disneyland truly lived up to its claim to be the best place on earth!”

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