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Ryan Tan receives 2021 Thigpen scholarship

Name: Ryan Kenneth Tan
Position: 2021-2022 District Governor
School: CSU Fullerton
Year: 4th Year
Major: Psychology
Minor: Marketing
Ryan is a first generation Filipino/Chinese-American that immigrated to California from the Philippines when he was only four years old. He grew up in a single parent household where his mother taught him the importance of education and how valuable it is to give back to the community. He has attended schools in Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and graduated from Arcadia High School, Pasadena City College, and will be graduating CSU Fullerton in 2022. Prior to joining Circle K, Ryan has been a part of the Kiwanis Family since his eighth grade year with La Mesa Junior High’s Builders Club. He then joined Arcadia High School’s Key Club where he served his final year as the Vice President of the club. While in college, he joined Circle K at Pasadena City College where he served as President of the club and later became Foothill Lieutenant Governor — the first Pasadena City College Lieutenant Governor in nine years. While transferring, Ryan has continuously served his district being District Secretary and lately, District Governor. Apart from his Circle K life, Ryan has been an integral part of the Associated Students at both Pasadena City College and also CSU Fullerton. Taking on roles that involved bridging the gap between Student Services and graphic designing. Furthermore, on weekends Ryan volunteers at his local unhoused shelter, pet shelter, and helps advocate for unhoused individuals within the San Gabriel Valley. Ryan thanks all of the support and continuous funding Kiwanis, particularly UCLA alumnus, for allowing finances to not be a barrier in the upcoming school year. He will be the first in his family to graduate college in the United States!