Buck Scholars connect at Summer and Winter gatherings hosted by the Buck Foundation.

Frank H. Buck Scholarships

Eva B. Buck established the Frank H. Buck Scholarships in honor of her husband, and the first scholarships were made in 1990. To date, the Frank H. Buck Scholarship has been awarded to 282 students. The final class of Scholars was chosen in Spring 2010.

The Frank H. Buck Scholarships benefit exceptional, ambitious young people who possess leadership potential as well as a commitment to their school, community and family. Financial need and high academic standing are important, but are not necessarily prerequisites. Race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age and national origin have no influence in the selection of scholars.

Buck Scholarship funding is expected to supplement any other financial aid or awards that a Buck Scholar may receive. This will ensure all the ordinary costs of an education are covered. These costs usually include tuition and related fees, housing, board, books, educational supplies and some travel to and from school. Personal or other non-educational expenses are the responsibility of the Buck Scholars.


Meet some of the 282 outstanding individuals awarded the Frank H. Buck Scholarship between 1990 and 2010.

 

Buck Scholar1990
Phil O’Connor

Phil studied music at CSU, Hayward, Manhattan School of Music, and University of Southern California. He has performed clarinet with diverse artists, from Pierre Boulez to Prince. He is active in the motion picture and television industries, having performed on the blockbuster series XMEN, Spiderman (2 and 3), Pirates of the Caribbean, Sex and the City, Wall-E, and over 200 other major theatrical releases. He lives in Pasadena, and is a classic car enthusiast, and AVID Dodgers fan.

Buck Scholar1990
Derek Timm

Derek graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1994 and studied law at George Washington and UC Davis, where he served on the Law Review.  Derek worked with Congressman Tom Campbell, Judge Leonard Edwards and the US Attorney’s Office.  After graduation, he practiced law and later became VP, Business Development of an internet start-up.  In 2003 he founded Montalvo Homes & Estates, a real estate sales and development company.

Buck Scholar1991
Jose Hurtado

José earned a B.S. and M.S. in geology from Caltech in 1996, and received his PhD from MIT in 2002. At MIT, Jose worked on the tectonic evolution of the central Nepal Himalaya and led four expeditions to the Upper Mustang region. After MIT, Jose spent time at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a postdoctoral research fellow. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso in fall 2002.

Buck Scholar1991
Patricia Lee

Now residing in Hong Kong with her husband and three children, Patricia Lee was one of the earliest recipients of the Buck Scholarship in 1991 and received her BA from Columbia and a Master of Education from Harvard with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy. Patricia is currently the Assistant Head of Lower Primary Division at the Independent Schools Foundation in Hong Kong and works daily with students of all different abilities.

Buck Scholar1992
Kristin Connelly

Kristin graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and received her Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University before earning her JD from Fordham in 2005.  Kristin practiced employment law at Sidley Austin LLP and consulted for the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise in New York City where she lives with her husband and their two children. Kristin currently serves as President of the Buck Scholar Association.

Buck Scholar1992
Juan Gil Garcia

Juan Gil graduated from Stanford in 1997 with a BA in Psychology. He studied abroad in Mexico City and Florence, Italy. After graduation he worked as an Immigrant Counselor for Catholic Charities for over ten years, and in 2008 he entered a MFA program at Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a Motion Picture and Television emphasis on directing. He hopes to make films of social significance that draw upon the lives of others he has encountered.

Buck Scholar1993
Yul Kwon

Yul is Deputy Chief of the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. His prior government experiences include U.S Senate legislative aide and clerking on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.  Yul has held positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Venture Law Group. In 2006, he became the first Asian American to win the CBS reality show, Survivor.  He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.S. degree from Stanford University.

Buck Scholar1993
Andrea Willey

Andrea received a degree in Biochemistry from UC Davis, and received her MD degree from UCSF. She is Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UC Davis and works with the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Sacramento performing Reconstructive, Laser and Cosmetic surgery. She is the co-inventor and holds a patent for Method and Apparatus for Tissue Expansion.

Buck Scholar1994
Matt Girard

Matt completed his Masters of Landscape architecture degree at Harvard in 2010 and will begin work at the firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in Cambridge, MA. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he was employed in various capacities in the Boston area before beginning work on his Harvard degree. His hobbies include cooking, travel and gardening.

Buck Scholar1994
Phuoc Le

Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, graduated from Dartmouth in 2000 with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. He received his Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley and his MD from Stanford. He is a Physician at MIT Urgent Care Clinic, and a Partners in Health resident with expertise in community-based research, health disparities and interventions in developing countries. After the Haiti earthquake, Phuoc lead the medical volunteer coordination activities.

Buck Scholar1995
Holly Cacciapaglia

Holly graduated from University of the Pacific in 2000 and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University. Holly's personal history with cancer prompted her to specialize in Health Psychology. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Palo Alto Veterans Affairs, Holly was hired as a staff psychologist. She also works with patients struggling with many issues to improve their health and quality of life.

Buck Scholar1995
Wesley Chang

Wesley received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UC Davis.  Wes worked in management positions for several retail industries, including Pottery Barn.  Recently, Wes managed to combine playing Facebook games for hours a day with his management experience into a job at Zynga as a Customer Support Manager.

Buck Scholar1996
Mbili Mwaniki

From Zimbabwe to Washington, D.C., Mbili’s agenda is to change the world one person at a time as a human rights advocate. A graduate of Howard University, the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, the London School of Economics and the University of Maryland School of Law, Mbili is a world traveler who collects art and devours spicy food.

Buck Scholar1996
Rita Ng

Dr. Rita Ng earned a degree in Human Biology from Stanford. She received her MD from UCSF where she also completed her residency. In 2001 Rita was named Miss California and was 2nd runner-up at the Miss America Pageant. Rita has appeared in many print publications and was the featured model for Covergirl, Max Factor, and Oil of Olay cosmetics. A gifted pianist, she serves on numerous boards, and is currently the Chief Cardiology Fellow at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills.

Buck Scholar1997
Nandini Gandhi

Nandini graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Biological Sciences. She attended UC San Francisco School of Medicine, receiving her MD in 2006. She journeyed to India in 2001 on a Fulbright Fellowship for a year-long study of reproductive health education. Nandini is a resident in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Editor of their online website, eyerounds.org.

Buck Scholar1997
Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons graduated from Harvard with a BA in 2002 and continued her studies at Boston University with dual masters in business and public health.  Upon graduation, she settled in Vermont where she works on primary care access, supporting the state’s community health centers and other safety-net providers.  She lives in a small town in the Green Mountains with her husband Will, daughter Elinor, and dog Dingo.

Buck Scholar1998
Thaddeus Barsotti

Thaddeus was born and raised on his family’s 20 acre organic farm in Capay Valley. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering. In 2002, he began managing the Capay Organic store in the San Francisco Ferry Building and by 2005 was managing the family farm. Farm Fresh To You delivers 10,000 cases of produce weekly through their Community Supported Agriculture program with produce grown on 700 acres throughout California.

Buck Scholar1998
Daniel Greninger

Dan graduated from Dartmouth College in 2002 and Weill Cornell Medical College in 2008. He currently works as a Resident in Ophthalmology at UCSF Medical Center. Daniel is married to Nicole Greninger, a Rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA and has one son, Oren. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano, hiking, and skiing.

Buck Scholar1999
Kyna Fong

Kyna graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Master’s in Computer Science. She received a PhD in Economic Policy and Analysis from Stanford. Kyna was also a US collegiate national women’s singles champion in table tennis. She joined the Stanford Economics faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2008, and is currently on leave of absence as a Scholar in Health Policy Research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco.

Buck Scholar1999
Mitul Kadakia

Mitul graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Economics.  He then attended Harvard Medical School, receiving his MD in 2007.  He just completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital and is beginning his fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2010.  He is active in epidemiological and clinical trials research in cardiology and acute coronary syndromes.

Buck Scholar2000
Rei Onishi

Rei Onishi graduated from Harvard University and currently attends Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and law school, where he is an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Previously, Rei wrote travel books in Mexico and Spain, taught in Japan (and later returned to study Japanese), and worked for the California State Senate as a legislative aide.

Buck Scholar2000
Elizabeth Weil

Elizabeth Weil attended Stanford University, receiving a BA in Economics (2004) and MS in Management Science and Engineering (2006). After graduation, Elizabeth worked in the field of venture capital. She is currently in corporate development at Twitter and owns a small business, PaperWheel Press, www.paperwheel.com.

Buck Scholar2001
Michael Del Ponte

Mike studied at Boston College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He went on to Yale Divinity School for a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Ethics. Mike has spent his time as an activist, microfinance consultant, and now social entrepreneur. His passion for social innovation has taken him to places such as Nepal, India, and the West Bank. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Buck Scholar2001
Mia Saini

Mia Saini attended MIT and was chosen as a Truman Scholar, Rhodes Scholar Finalist, one of Glamour Magazine's Top 10 College Women of the year. After MIT, she worked at Goldman Sachs, and then attended Harvard Business School. Mia is currently an Anchor/Reporter at Forbes Video Network, with responsibility for covering all global business and finance topics. She is also a Trustee of the Harbus Foundation-the only MBA student run philanthropic foundation in the U.S.

Buck Scholar2002
Elizabeth Almasi

Elizabeth is an MD/MBA Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton School of Business. She has a BA from Stanford University. Elizabeth interned at the FDA in the Office of Policy and Planning. The Journal of the American Medical Association has published an article authored by Elizabeth. During summer 2010, Elizabeth will be working at McKinsey in the Business Technology Office located in New Jersey.

Buck Scholar2002
Melissa Riess

Melissa attended Brown University where she studied political science. She’s an avid people-watcher, and is especially interested in watching how they behave in bureaucracies. Her jobs as a research analyst at a think tank, a paralegal at the California Supreme Court, and legal clerk at the California Public Utilities Commission have all been excellent vantages for this.

Buck Scholar2003
Naomi Hung

Naomi attended Columbia College in New York City and received her BA in Political Science in 2007. While in school, Naomi interned for Scholastic Books Clubs and was an Investment Banking Public Finance Analyst intern. Upon graduation, Naomi took a job with JP Morgan Chase & Co. as a Special Credits Group Analyst. Naomi volunteers for the Columbia College Women Alumni Association Undergraduate Mentoring Program.

Buck Scholar2003
Kyle Maurer

Kyle is attending Stanford Law School. He graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley. Prior to law school, Kyle worked for the United States Senate Democratic Policy Committee. At Stanford, Kyle is a member of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, President of the nationally-ranked Stanford Law School Mock Trial Team, and Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review. An accomplished classical flutist, Kyle played with the San Francisco Symphony’s Youth Orchestra and won the university-wide concerto competition at Berkeley.

Buck Scholar2004
Sean Arenson

Sean graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a BA in Economics and BS in Biological Sciences. He was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study for master’s degrees in International Health Policy at London School of Economics and Bioscience Enterprise at University of Cambridge. Sean plays both saxophone and clarinet, is an avid golfer, and enjoys ultimate Frisbee, recreational basketball, and running. Upon completion of his second Master’s degree, Sean plans to enter law school.

Buck Scholar2004
Betny Townsend

Betny attended Yale University and was an astronomy major, and is currently a second year at the Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Harvard Defenders and is a Fellow for the Law and Social Change program of study. Betny studied abroad in Spain and Chile and has worked as a tour guide in Edinburgh and London.

Buck Scholar2005
Ricky Gill

After his appointment by Governor Schwarzenegger to the State Board of Education Ricky was positive he wanted a career in public service. Ricky graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Currently, Ricky is pursuing a JD at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he co-founded the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law. This summer, Ricky will be working under the auspices of the Oakland Athletics’ General Counsel.

Buck Scholar2005
Jon Spaulding

In 2010, Jon completed his M.S. degree at MIT and will be starting his PhD studies at Stanford University in the fall in Electrical Engineering. His life revolves around medical device research including past work for two summers at Analog Devices in Boston. Other interests include cooking, beer making and badminton.

Buck Scholar2006
Serena Yeung

Serena graduated from Stanford University in 2010 and will begin her MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering in the fall. Serena was a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and coordinated a regional outreach event to inspire high school students to pursue engineering. Serena has worked on research in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab since junior year, and will be working at a Bay Area start-up, RockMelt. An active musician, Serena continues playing and performing piano.

Buck Scholar2006
Kevin Zhou

Kevin graduated from Harvard College in 2010 and in the fall of 2010 will be attending Christ College at the University of Cambridge for a PhD in political economy. At Harvard, he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Asia Pacific Review and an Executive Editor of the Harvard Crimson, the University’s daily newspaper.

Buck Scholar2007
Molly Bennett

Molly just finished her junior year at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she studies Cultural Anthropology.  In addition to her involvement in theatre and campus radio, Molly has worked on a number of independent radio projects for which she has interviewed organic gardeners in Portland, counterculture squatters in southern California, religious leaders in central Vietnam, and fellow passengers on a cross-country train trip.  This summer, Molly will be interning for EnMasse Films, working on short experimental films.

Buck Scholar2007
Jonathan Wu

Jon currently attends Yale University, where he is pursuing a degree in African American Studies. During the 2009-2010 school year, Jon served as President of Yale College Council. During his senior year, he will direct the sketch comedy group Red Hot Poker, for which Jon also acts and writes. Post-graduation, Jon hopes to work in the entertainment industry.

Buck Scholar2008
Farah Ereiqat

Farah recently finished her first year at UC Berkeley. During summer study abroad at American University in Beirut, Farah completed one year of intensive Arabic within two months. As a research assistant in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Farah is conducting data collection that will determine the effectiveness of generic drugs upon consumers. She continues her work in sustainability as a consultant with the student group Net Impact Berkeley.

Buck Scholar2008
Junyao Peng

Junyao is in her junior year at Harvard College majoring in history and literature. In 2009 she interned at the Bank of China in Beijing, and in 2010 will be interning at Hyundai Capital in Seoul, Korea. She served as Events Director of the Harvard Global China Connection, and was editor of Tuesday magazine as well as research for the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Buck Scholar2009
Sean Peterson

Sean is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, and is in his first year of pre-med studies at Notre Dame University. He is an avid rugby player, and in high school played four years of rugby and soccer. He was a member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation and the Science Olympiad. He volunteered as a counselor at a muscular dystrophy summer camp.

Buck Scholar2009
Kristen Steves

Kristen graduated from Escalon High and spent the next year serving as California Future Farmers of America State President. She is a Meinig Scholar at Cornell University which comprise 2% of admitted first year students who are selected and awarded for outstanding leadership and academic excellence. Kristen is a member of the Basketball and Football Varsity Cheerleading Team and has continued her commitment to FFA as treasurer of the Collegiate FFA club.

Buck Scholar2010
Charday Adams

Charday is a member of the 2010 final class of Buck Scholars. She attended Grant Union High School where she was valedictorian. She was co-founder and poet/mentor of Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, and a member of M.E.S.A. – the Math, Engineering, Science and Liberal Arts Honors Academy. She will attend USC and is planning to study film, screenwriting and education.

Buck Scholar2010
Alan Zambeli-Ljepovic

Alan is a member of the 2010 final class of Buck Scholars, and attended Armijo High School, where he was an International Baccalaureate student and a member of Key Club. Alan has been President of the National Honor Society as well as President and Captain of Academic Decathlon. He is a swimmer, competitive tennis player and pianist. He will attend Columbia University and pursue a career in science.