Melissa Phan of Richmond has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Ascend Cares Foundation. The 17-year-old graduate of Calvary Episcopal School will use the money to attend the University of Texas, where she will study biomedical engineering in the fall.
The Ascend Cares Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed and funded by Ascend Performance Materials, awarded five scholarships to children of Ascend employees in Alabama, Florida and Texas this month. Applicants were required to have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average and have demonstrated a record of community service.
Phan was awarded the scholarship because of her dedication at Calvary Episcopal and her extensive volunteer efforts. In school, she was a member of student council, choir, National Honor Society and drama club. Outside of school, she volunteered at Hope for Three, an autism awareness non-profit in Stafford, and at the Beacon Day Center, a homeless outreach program in Houston.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to invest in bright young minds like Melissa,” said Marianne Cone, executive director of the Ascend Cares Foundation. “Our scholarship committee was very impressed with Melissa’s hard work in school and this impressive young woman’s commitment to her community.”
Phan’s parents are Toan and Bich-chieu Giang. Bich-chieu Giang is a control lab chemist at the Ascend Performance Materials plant in Alvin.
Ascend Performance Materials is one of the world’s leading producers of chemicals and nylon resin. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company has approximately 3,500 full-time and contract personnel, including 925 in Alvin.