Irvine Students Awarded Lee Bryn Brooks Community Service ScholarshipJune 10, 2019
Each year, Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), awards scholarships to students who exemplify the qualities of leadership, community service, and academic excellence through its annual Lee Bryn Brooks Community Service Scholarship.
This year’s scholarship recipients include Morgan Kopecky of Woodbridge High School, and Ashley Shim of Northwood High School.
“IPSF is proud to award over $8,000 this year through this scholarship program in support of students planning to pursue post-secondary education,” said Neda Eaton, Presidents and CEO of IPSF. “We were so impressed by the caliber of submissions this year, and continue to be inspired by the students’ ability to not only achieve educational excellence, but also sustain a well-rounded experience that includes service to the community.”
In 2015, IPSF and the Brooks family established the Lee Bryn Brooks Community Service Scholarship, available to graduating IUSD high school students planning to pursue post-secondary education who exemplify the qualities of community service and leadership that define the memory of Lee Bryn Brooks. This scholarship reinforces the commitment to serving the community by providing recognition and financial support to students who serve the community of Orange County, California.
More about this year’s recipients:
Ashley Minjung Shim, Northwood High School
Ashley Shim graduates this year with a 4.2 GPA, and will be attending Johns Hopkins University to major in Environmental Studies. She has volunteered countless hours at UCI Medical Center and Kaiser, has served as the Red Cross Blood Drive coordinator, and has been an active member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation for four years. Additionally, she is the Northwood Chapter President of the Korean American Youth Leadership organization and was recognized in an LA Times article about the groups’ efforts to implement Asian American studies in IUSD. Music is Ashley’s true passion. She has been a member of choir, chamber singers, and marching band. Her love of music is demonstrated by her desire to teach others. As a volunteer, she taught music to children in low income elementary and middle schools. Ashley says one day, she might even want to be a teacher.
Morgan Kopecky, Woodbridge High School
Morgan Kopecky graduates this year with a 4.57 GPA, and will be attending Stanford University to major in Bioengineering and Business. She has served as Radio Team Leader, as Co-President of the Young Progressives Club, as a member of the Irvine CubeSat Program, and has lobbied in Sacramento for additional science funding. Her science fair awards advanced her to district, county, and state finals. She has worked as a volunteer in the UCI Genetic Engineering Research Lab. Additionally, her research in diabetes detection and gene expression optimization have helped her to win such awards as finalist in the International Science and Engineering Fair, American Chemical Society Special Award, and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Special Award, just to name a few. In addition to all of this, Morgan served as co-founder of the Friends of Woodbridge Village Center. Though the center was slated to be demolished, she and her group were successful in saving the center and seeing it revitalized.