Thalassemia Patient Awarded Asian Pacific Community Fund Scholarship

January 23, 2013 – Aaron Cheng, a sophomore at Harvard University who has beta thalassemia major, has been awarded a 2012 Scholarship Award from the Asian Pacific Community Fund in association with Verizon. He is one of five recipients in this awards cycle.
The Asian Pacific Community Fund partners with Verizon to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education as they face the challenge of significantly rising costs of obtaining a college degree. These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders amongst their peers and are making a positive impact in their communities.

Aaron Cheng is a sophomore at Harvard University where he studies Chemical and Physical Biology. He is also considering a minor in computer science or global health. Outside of academics, he volunteers at the Harvard Square homeless shelter and at Boston Children’s Hospital as a research assistant, learning techniques in cell engineering. Aaron also tutors other Harvard students in mathematics, biology, and chemistry.

Aaron was also selected as a John Harvard Scholar for the academic year 2011-2012. The John Harvard Scholar recognition is given only to students in the top 5% at Harvard.

A premedical student, Aaron hopes to attend medical school in the future. In his free time, Aaron enjoys reading books by John Steinbeck and Ray Bradbury, as well as writing essays and creative pieces. He also loves to explore Boston with his friends–though, as a California resident, he is still adjusting to East Coast winter weather.

In college, Aaron hopes to gain a strong scientific education and to take advantage of all of the opportunities Harvard has to offer.

CAF congratulates Aaron on this recognition of his hard work and academic achievement.

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