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MSW Students Receive Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship

Photos: Jenny Lam and Trish Shang-Tzu Yeh

Berkeley Social Welfare MSW students Jenny Lam and Trish Shang-Tzu Yeh have been named recipients of the Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship by the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council of the NASW-California Chapter. The award recognizes current MSW students who "dedicate their passion and skills to the API community."

Both currently in their second year, Lam is earning her MSW in the health concentration and Yeh in community mental health. They are two of just three students statewide to receive the award.

"It has been a tremendous honor to receive the Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship from the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council (APISWC) of the California Chapter of NASW," notes Yeh. "I would like to express my gratitude to the APISWC, NASW-CA, Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS), ACMHS internship supervisor Pysay Phinith, Professor Julian Chow, Director of Field Education Greg Merrill, Field Consultant Jennifer Jackson as well as other mentors and colleagues for their support of my learning.

"The pioneering career of Ms. Diana Ming Chan has inspired many social workers to put our visions into actions and advocate for underserved populations," adds Yeh. "When I moved from Taiwan to the US at the age of 13, I developed my interest in social welfare after witnessing the stigmas and impacts of mental illness and domestic violence in API immigrant families. Over the years, I have worked with diverse populations in violence intervention and prevention programs and mental health services, among others. I am currently working with Dr. Chow in studying the potential of mobile applications in facilitating social service delivery in China. The Diana Ming Chan Scholarship will provide support to my education and professional development."