Dragon Kim Foundation Memorial Scholarships

2017 College Scholarships

For 2017, we have established two $5,000 college scholarships for graduating seniors at OCSA, Dragon’s school, to recognize leadership, community service, talent, and hard work.  Throughout the Spring, we received applications from incredible students, making it very difficult to choose finalists. However, these 14 student-artists clearly stood out.  Please join us in congratulating our finalists:

Alyssa Kardos

Brianna Satow

Casie Bacani

Collin Morrell

Eugenia Yoh

Isabela Kimmel

Jean Song

Julia Jorgensen

Lily Taylor

Noah Bailyn

Ryan Sanders

Sebastien Dulor

Soorim Lee

Yasmeen Anand

2016 Scholarship Winners

Please join us in congratulating two amazing OCSA seniors, our first recipients of the Dragon Kim Memorial Scholarship:
Eve La Puma and Olivia Mazzucato. 

Both Eve and Olivia consider themselves storytellers, though each is so in her own way.  We interviewed these two accomplished young women to learn more about how they found their way to storytelling and to get their advice for young people trying to find and explore areas to be passionate about.

Eve La Puma, Wind Studies

Our first scholarship winner, Eve La Puma, is a student in the Wind Studies program.  Eve had the highest GPA of all our Wind Studies applicants.  Her musicality was lauded by her instructors, who praised her for her commitment to the Wind Ensemble.  Eve spent last summer in Washington DC, volunteering as a counselor with the Mary House, where she taught music and theater arts to low income children.  She saw how this program taught the kids how to express themselves through art, and she saw how much they enjoyed this experience and how it helped build their confidence.  This experience has inspired Eve to some day develop an after school program or possibly a school to teach students about all aspects of theater, bringing the arts to young kids — a vision very much in keeping with the mission of the Dragon Kim Foundation.  Lastly, her teachers and counselors pointed out her vision and leadership in bringing the Tri-M Music Honors Society to OCSA, and praised her generous spirit.  Eve will be a freshman at Stanford University this Fall.

Olivia Mazzucato, Film & Television

Our scholarship winner, Olivia Mazzucato, is a senior in the Film & TV Conservatory.  Olivia was chosen from among over 40 applicants.  She has achieved an admirably high weighted GPA from a tough schedule full of AP courses, demonstrating her exceptional academic capabilities.  With a long string of films that she has written, directed, and produced, Olivia shares her vision through both fictional and documentary films. One of her films, “Paper Rose”, has already been integrated into the anti-bullying curriculum of many schools. A skilled writer and filmmaker, she would like to create stories about compelling female characters in order to alter the way women are perceived, thus empowering young girls and helping them to see that they can be anything they want to be. As a way of giving back to her community, Olivia founded a “Lights! Camera! Action! Film Camp” through the Orange County Public Library to teach film to students ages 9-16.  Olivia will be a freshman at UCLA this fall as a pre-med with a possible career as a surgeon, which will undoubtedly compete with her talent and vision as a filmmaker.