Thursday, June 22, 2006

John D. Chang Foundation Awards $5,500 to Florida Students

MIAMI – June 1, 2006 -- The John D. Chang Foundation is helping six Florida high-school and college students realize their dreams by awarding each a scholarship.

The Foundation, established in memory of John Chang, a graduate of North Miami Senior High and Florida State University, has awarded $3,000 in scholarships to the following Miami-Dade County high school students: • $1,000 – Kemy Joseph • $ 500 – Jennifer Espinet • $ 500 – Raquel Guerin • $ 500 – Christopher Ramos • $ 500 – Leanne Penna is the winner of the Florida Phi Delta Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at University of Miami Scholarship In addition, the Foundation has awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Julia McManus, a media production major at Florida State University.

The Foundation will award two $1,500 scholarships to Dallas students this August. Chang was the director of broadcasting for the Dallas Cowboys when he died from a cerebral hemorrhage in 2002 at the age of 38. During his prestigious career in broadcast journalism as a videographer, editor, director, and manager, John covered the space shuttle Discovery launch, produced three Cowboys Super Bowl specials and developed the “Making of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Calendar” program, which airs annually on ESPN. “John believed if you could dream it, it was possible,” said Judy Lai, John’s mother and the president of the John D. Chang Foundation. “He was always eager to help people in pursuit of their dreams, and that’s what the John D. Chang Foundation is all about.”
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