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SAPAAC Distinguished Student Award

The SAPAAC Senior Award is presented annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Stanford Asian American community and the Asian American community at large.  With each year, Stanford alums are impressed with the continued dedication, passion, and contributions to the Stanford Asian American community and beyond. A plaque honoring the work of these new alums is displayed at the A³C.  The following recipients are listed below:


Paula Reyna Small

This year’s winner radiates service, love, and dedication to the Stanford community and beyond. Paula was described by her nominators as a community builder, an exceptional leader who always makes people feel loved and supported throughout their various communities, and a person who makes an effort to make every space inclusive and every action intentional.

Paula is rooted strongly in her identities, and she create spaces for people who share these identities, opening conversations and providing care. Quoted directly from a nominator:

I respect Paula an immense amount for her tireless work to make every community she is a part of inclusive and considerate of individual circumstances and mental health. I and many others have been able to rely on her in crises ranging from mental health interventions to event planning to combatting sexism and colorism—I can't think of anyone more reliable.

Throughout Paula’s time at Stanford, she has served as co-chair of both PASU and Kayumanggi, president of Sigma Psi Zeta, co-leader of the Pilipinx Issues ASB, ASB Director, and RA of Okada and Branner.

2017: Vy Luu

2016: Kunal Sangani

2015: Kue Chang

2014: Nujsaubnusi Vue

2013: Justin Lam

2012: Trac Dang

2011: Stephanie Otani-Sunamoto

2010: Henry Tsai

2009: Christian Ngo

2008: Yang Lor

2007: Linda Lee

2006: Linda Tran

2005: Sheila Laqui

2004: Ricky Wang

2003: Michael Chang

2002: Rajen Desai

2001: Tim Ly

2000: Shelley Tadaki

1999: Jane Kim

1998: Aly Kassam-Remtulla

1997: Kris Hayashi

1996 Lan Phan