Rebekah Hong

2024 RBG Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Hong is entering her last year at University of La Verne, College of Law & Public Service. Ms. Hong has had a longstanding interest in children/youth issues, having received a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies from CSU Fullerton, and then a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Pupil Personnel Services Credential from USC.

Before law school, Ms. Hong served the community for years, working with such organizations as Potter’s House/Skid Row, where she recruited volunteers and helped set up for food service, and was active in the student organization at the USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work, where she managed the organization’s Virtual Academic Center community and created events for the students.

Unfortunately, being a victim of heinous crimes at the age of 5 came roaring back as trauma when she started law school in 2021 and set her back academically. Ms. Hong also suffered from several bouts of COVID-19 and other health issues. Nonetheless, she persevered and in addition to getting back on track with her law courses, she clerked at the Children’s Law Center of California in the summer of 2022 and the Community Legal Aid SoCal last summer. This summer, Ms. Hong will be clerking for a pilot program at the San Bernardino County Superior Court.

In the fall, Ms. Hong will be President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association at her law school. Additionally, she will serve as Senior Staff Editor and Communications Officer for the Law Review. Ms. Hong hopes to continue serving people as a future public interest attorney and licensed clinical social worker after law school.