SAN JOSE, Calif. – High school senior Chelsea Vuong, who has been accepted to Harvard and Stanford, has been selected by the San Jose Earthquakes to become their latest Bay Area All Star Scholarship Team (BAASST) member.
Vuong, who studies at Armijo High, Fairfield, was presented with a check for $5,000 in a surprise visit from Quakes mascot Q, who dropped in on her sixth period biology class to give her the good news.
Vuong, 18, has battled through adversity, including her father’s diagnosis with a brain tumor on the right side of his brain two years ago, to achieve a GPA of 4.57. She also works for charities that support homeless children and cancer survivors and teaches dance to children once a week.
Since 2012, the San Jose Earthquakes have been proud to be a participating member of the BAASST team, joining the other Bay Area sports franchises; the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and the San Jose Sharks. Each organization selects one recipient to earn the prestigious college scholarship in hopes to promote goals of higher education in Bay Area classrooms.
The program has helped hundreds of Bay Area scholars fulfill their educational ambitions, since its first recipients were announced in 1997.
“This scholarship is a symbol of hope for our family,” said Vuong. “This will allow me to further my college education and open doors of opportunity for a successful career. With a stable career, I will be able to give back to my family and find a way to help find a cure for my dad.”
Vuong will be presented to the crowd at Avaya Stadium when the San Jose Earthquakes host their BAASST Recognition Night on Wednesday, April 13, versus New York Red Bulls.
The Earthquakes and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund are proud to honor Vuong - a promising student who has overcome adversity and financial hardship to become a great example for her peers.