High scores are not the only thing that matters to a student, and Yang realized this as he asked; What will make the next generation of students’ lives more meaningful and successful? He believed the answer to be a combination of mental and physical factors that build unique and engaged minds. As he always told his own children, “Do what you think is right, follow your heart, and do not hide your feelings."
Travel and finding adventure in new places were very important to Yang. He saw a deep value in natural beauty and made ongoing efforts to combine environmental protection with his exploration of the world. In Siberia, Yang travelled extensively to promote wildlife protection. Of course, he also worked in some personal interests such as his love for kayaking in the region of Hoh Xil, China.
Yang’s friends were as diverse as his experiences. He was equally at ease in an academic discussion in a fine restaurant as he was in a remote rural gathering. The common thread was his great love of people; he had an intuitive way of understanding people and finding their best qualities. For Yang, there was never any question whether his friends and family would be compatible, and he never missed an opportunity to bring the people he loved together.
For over ten years, Yang struggled and won in the battle against hypomelancholia. This admirable struggle ended in April 2016 when a sudden cerebral hemorrhage took his life. His love of life, people, and adventure never diminished through the later years of his life. His perseverance through that incredibly difficult time testifies to his extraordinary strength of character.
The L.Q. Yang Memorial Scholarship, worth $1000, intends to offset expenses for a student pursuing post-secondary studies who exhibits excellent grades as well as a special contribution to his or her society or a special achievement in a personal interest such as Mathematics, Science, Music or other field of innovation. The purpose of the scholarship is to perpetuate Yang’s talents and continue to illuminate the light that he brought to the world by seeing and encouraging this light in others.
The Successful Candidate
The successful candidate will receive $1000 from the L.Q Yang Memorial Scholarship fund in September of each year. IAC will request the pleasure of correspondence with the winner.