The Historic Trust’s 2021 General George C. Marshall Leadership Awards recipients are Jasmine Tolbert and Pu-kai Tseng, both of whom serve as presidents of nonprofit organizations in Clark County.
Tolbert, 26, who won the Young Professional Award, works for the Vancouver Clinic, serves as president of NAACP Vancouver and is in a board position at the YWCA Clark County. She also serves on the Equity Diversity Advisory Board for Washington State University Vancouver, and last year she organized a Black Lives Matter peaceful car demonstration attended by 3,000 Clark County residents.
“The opportunity to serve on the Equity Diversity Advisory Board for WSUV is something I hold close to my heart. I truly started my activism on campus and being invited back to my alma mater in this way was a huge honor,” said Tolbert in a news release from The Historic Trust.
Tseng, a Union High School student and president of Send2Space, a nonprofit organization, won the High School Senior Award.
Tseng immigrated with his family from Taiwan when he was in third grade. In his senior year, he achieved a 4.6 GPA, including extra credit. He volunteered with OMSI’s Teen Science Alliance Program and learned about the inequity in opportunities for the STEM fields.
He founded Send2Space “to create a world where all youth, regardless of their backgrounds, are connected to opportunities that create a new generation of STEM leaders.”
Tseng will enter an accelerated seven-year doctorate of medicine program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He also enlisted into the Air Force Reserve and is set to attend basic training beginning April 30.
Tseng said he hopes “to truly make a difference in this world as General Marshall did.”
The annual George C. Marshall Leadership Awards are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank, Davidson and Associates Insurance, Waste Connections and the Community Military Appreciation Committee.