At Centennial Homecoming on Saturday March 25, 2023, the Alumni Foundation gratefully accepted a $10,000 check from Dean K. Fong ’68, Esq., on behalf of the Fong and Lee Foundation, Inc. The check marks the second of five annual gifts totaling $50,000 to fund awards called the Fong and Lee Research Stipends.
The fund will provide a stipend in the amount of $2,500 each to four Brooklyn Technical High School students entering their senior year and performing research in each of the following areas: Architecture/Engineering, Business, Law, and Medicine (Sciences).
Preference will be given to female students of Chinese descent who would be first in their family to attend college.
Check presentation photo caption (l. to r.): Dr. Mathew Mandery ’61, founder and chief educational officer; Courtney J. Ulrich ’90, executive director; Dean Fong, Esq. ’68; Achilles Perry ’58, founder and board member; and Denice Clarke (DC) Ware ’83, president.
The fund will be administered by Dr. Matt Mandery ’61, the foundation’s chief educational officer. “This generous gift,” Dr. Mandery notes, “will enable our students to pursue original research, creating new knowledge, enriching their Brooklyn Tech experience, and opening new post-secondary pathways.”
In working with the Foundation to establish the Fong and Lee Research Stipends, Mr. Fong and his wife Linda Lee are honoring the sacrifices of his late mother, an immigrant from China, who raised him and his siblings to prioritize education.
In the Fong family, a remarkable five of six siblings are Technites. Mr. Fong’s Technite siblings are: Koke K. Fong ’66, Ken L. Fong ’71, John K. Fong ’77, and Jane Fong ’78. An older sister was of high school age before Tech began accepting young women.
(c.) Dean Fong '68, (top l.) Koke K. Fong ’66, (bottom l.) Ken L. Fong ’71, (bottom r.) John K. Fong ’77, and (top r.) Jane Fong ’78.