The LinYL Foundation provides scholarships to honor diverse, motivated southern Nevada students pursuing higher education. To understand the Foundation’s story, we begin with our mother’s narrative.
Five siblings who graduated from Clark County School District schools began the LinYL Foundation in memory of Lin Yuejun Lang, their beloved mother for whom they’ve named this organization.
By the early 1990s, Lin had immigrated to the U.S. from China to continue her education. Living in the American Midwest, she raised her five children even when the U.S. Army National Guard twice deployed her husband to serve overseas. Our family moved to Nevada’s Clark County in 2008. There, Lin continued to raised us, her children, always encouraging us to do well in school and to pursue opportunities afforded by education. Our mom Lin was born 林月君 (Lin, Yuejun) August 1965 in Hunan, China. She grew up amid China’s Cultural Revolution, a time marked by anti-intellectualism and loyalty to the state. But Mom loved learning.
After the Cultural Revolution, she went on to higher education and 1987 graduated Wuhan University as an English literature major. She became an English professor, teaching students and continuing to learn. Years later, her bilingual skills provided a new direction for her education. In 1993, she immigrated to the U.S. on a scholarship for a master’s in international affairs.
Our parents met as graduate students at Ohio University. By 2001, Mom was an American citizen. Raising us five children, she strove to impart her commitment to education. She knew personally the opportunities that education could afford us, especially language education.
After our family’s 2008 move to North Las Vegas, Nev., Mom continued to encourage us through school. In 2014 and 2015, the oldest among us graduated from the Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH). With some of us beginning to head off to college, Mom continued to practice her language skills, working sometimes as an interpreter. Although Mom passed away in 2017, she passed on her commitment to education. The rest of us graduated from Valley High School (2017), Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (2018) and A-TECH (2020).
In 2020, we established this Foundation to honor our mother by supporting education, as she supported us. (You can get to know us through our Board of Directors page.) As our first initiative, we created the Lin Yuejun Lang Memorial Scholarship. Please read more below. The commitment to education that Mom gave us, we want to give back to our high schools that committed to us. If you’re a senior at A-TECH, Valley or LVA, please consider applying. We accept applications each November through February. If you know seniors at these schools, please share this opportunity with them. This is the LinYL Foundation—A Family Foundation For Your Education.