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In the memory of Aydin – 2011 Winter

گزارش عملکرد بنیاد آیدین سالک

آیدین جان شب چله مبارک

 

2013 Scholarship Award

Austin Kahn

Austin Kahn does the things he does for their intrinsic value. Passion and dedication have guided him throughout high school and life in general. His passion for the environment has come through both in SPHS’s Virtual Business program and in an unconventional endeavor on the South Pasadena High School campus. As CEO of the Varsity Virtual Business team, Expedition, Austin conceived and led a company dedicated to environmental education through backpacking trips. Along with two fellow classmates, Austin also initiated an effort for sustainable innovation on campus. They established a club called Urban Sustainability to further the efforts in their independent senior project. Their work has included expanding SPHS’s edible garden, diverting the cafeteria’s organic waste with a compost system, and creating an on-campus aquaponic growing system and outdoor classroom.

Austin Kahn and Hamid Salek

Come fall, Austin will be traveling in Latin America for a semester with his older brother Gabriel. They plan to work through an organization called World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farming (WWOOF). Austin will be attending Middlebury College in February 2014. He hopes to become a member of Middlebury’s Environmental Council. Austin intends to focus his studies on Spanish and the Environment, furthering his interests from high school and opening opportunities for meaningful work in the Spanish-speaking world.

Joyce Alexander received her second year award.

2012 Scholarship Award

Joyce Alexander

Joyce Alexander is a dedicated student activist who focuses on equality and acceptance.  As a member of the Associated Student Body at South Pasadena High School, Joyce was a strong voice against bullying. She led several events and fundraisers for her cause, and was also the founder and president of the Gender Equality Club. She has spent her spare time volunteering at the Downtown Women’s Center, attending many different protests and rallies, as well as tutoring other students in math and science.

Photos by: Siria Medina from TigerOnline

In the fall, Joyce will be attending the University of California at Berkeley, and will be majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She hopes to combine her two passions – science and activism – by using her technical skills to create innovative solutions to help solve global problems. She plans to continue developing herself as a leader by getting involved in student organizations such as the Queer Straight Alliance, and by becoming a member of the Associated Students of the University of California.

Kevin Yin

2011 Scholarship Award

Kevin immigrated to the United States in 2006 with his family. As the eldest son, Kevin not only excelled as a student but he also became the anchor for the rest of his family in the absence of his father who works in Taiwan. With the remarkable talent in leadership, Kevin was elected as the president of Key Club, the largest youth service organization in South Pasadena in 2010. Kevin is also linguistically talented, as he is able to speak, read, and write four languages:

English, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, and Spanish. Kevin has dedicated himself to community service activities including a number of leadership positions. Exploring his interests in summer of 2009, he volunteered almost every day at Ability First, a disabled children’s center.

Kevin Yin and Anna dos Remidios

Kevin will be the first in his family who will enter college. He will be attending the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2011 to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. During his first year at Penn, Kevin plans to get involved in the Freshmen Leadership Program. Additionally, he will be working on leadership projects with non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia region in his Management 100 course. He will also be participating in leadership positions in service clubs and business organizations on campus. Kevin’s focus of study is management; after graduating from Wharton, he hopes to lead businesses that emphasize social impact by tackling social ills.

Anna dos Remedios

2010 Scholarship Award

Anna dos Remedios is the first recipient of the Aydin Salek Leadership Scholarship. In the fall of 2010, Anna plans on attending UCLA to earn her degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications. While at UCLA Anna will continue to involve herself in campus extracurricular activities like service clubs and tutoring programs in order to find her niche. Following graduation, Anna hopes to attend law school and practice in the field of environmental law. By lobbying congress members, arguing for better legislation in the court rooms and involving and educating the public Anna is looking to make a difference.

Aydin Salek Leadership Fund

Aydin Salek Leadership Scholarship was founded in honor of Aydin’s life and his contributions as a student and a community leader. Aydin’s life was guided by his compassion for friends and family, his never ending thirst for knowledge, and his fearless drive to initiate and make a difference. Through this scholarship, it is our objective to provide financial help to other high school seniors who embody those same ideals and therefore can help carry forward Aydin’s legacy and commitments. Learn more…

To Donate

To support and contribute to Aydin Salek Leadership Fund, please make checks payable to Pasadena Community Foundation and note “Aydin Salek’s Leadership Scholarship” in the memo. Please mail your donations to:

Pasadena Community Foundation
260 S. Los Robles Ave. Ste 119
Pasadena, CA 91101

All gifts are 100% tax deductible. Tax ID Number will be provided in the acknowledgment letter. Aydin’s Family will also receive an acknowledgment of all gifts donated.

We kindly ask anyone who shares in our mission, to make an annual pledge to help expand the reach of this program and the nurturing of exceptional student leaders.

4 Responses to “Home”

  1. Amy Gasca Says:

    I am so sorry about your son, I live in Houston Texas and I just read the story. I am originally from Mexico but the father of my two teenagers is from Iran. The boys 19 College student and 16 year old HS Student are very proud of been Iranian. They too get confused and sometimes share the feeling of been discriminated by having a Dad from Iran. But I teach them that their Culture is so rich and to be proud. What happened to your son, should serve as a lesson to many of our young kids.

    I am so sorry and God Bless you. I will pray for you and your family’s lost

    Amy

  2. Valerie Says:

    Greetings from Arizona,
    I just read an article about Aydin’s life and impact on his community. What a remarkable young man! It is clear he would have gone far and accomplished much. You can be proud you raised an individual who was assertive, compasionate, self-confident, and optimistic. I was touched that large numbers of students reached out to try to offer comfort to you, the family, through the candlelight vigil, the memorial, even decorating the Christmas tree. In a crazy world, with so much conflict and dischord, reading about this type of unity is uplifting. God bless you. My prayers are with you…

  3. mfirebrand1 Says:

    My prayers are with your family. My sons Grandfather fled Iran many years ago because of persecution.

  4. Timothy Lee Says:

    I love you. I will always remember you. I miss you.

    Your smile makes me happy and I cant stop imagining you by me as we make decisions for our school. I’ll be thinking about you with every law and motion.

    I hope you know all of us here miss you so so much

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