2011 Scholars


Ton La, Jr.

Les and Donna Haulbrook UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Senior
Graduation Year: 2015
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biology, Pre-Medicine & Pre-Law
Minors: Health, Medicine & Society
High School: Michael E. DeBakey High School
Hometown: Houston, TX   

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I am a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, the American Medical Student Association, the Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Bloomsbury Honor Society. I was the UH-AMSA webmaster for the 2013-2014 school year (AMSAHouston.com).

During the 2012-2013 school year, I was the H-LSAMP/SEP editor where I worked with administration to produce articles about upcoming/past news & events. I also launched the Student Successes page where you can find featured students in athletics, engineering, pre-health, undergraduate research, and UH competitions & contests. I also interviewed UH alumni that have gone through SEP. As well, I was a Chemistry 2 workshop assistant facilitator for the Spring 2013 semester.

During high school, I volunteered over 1,300 hours at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, and Texas Children’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospitals. Likewise, I served as President of the TCH and SLEH Junior Volunteer Councils my senior year, and now this is my third year as an advisor to both councils. As part of the TCH JVC we host holiday parties and hospital-wide puppet shows for the patients, and as part of the SLEH JVC we visit patients on holidays and distribute hand-made gifts and cards. Also, annually on Thanksgiving and Easter at TCH & SLEH I sport the Turkey/Easter Bunny costume and go floor-by-floor to visit patients. Before I was President of both councils, I was the Special Events and Publicity Chairman of the TCH JVC and Treasurer of the SLEH JVC.

Currently, I am a National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Senior Student Council Representative where I occasionally write articles for the NSHSS monthly newsletter and represent the University of Houston at member events. On June 20, 2013 at Rice University, I was part of the college discussion panel where I answered audience questions concerning aspects of the college admissions process (standardized test scores, scholarships, financial aid, choosing a major, etc.). Similarly on June 01, 2012 at Rice University, I gave a speech on how to navigate the college admissions process and how to maximize one’s time in high school.


  • President’s Volunteer Service Award – Gold Level
  • University of Houston Dean’s List
  • University of Houston Honors College Dean’s List
  • Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship
  • Frontier Fiesta Community Involvement Scholarships (2012 & 2013)
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Alumni Association Scholarships (2012 & 2013)
  • Princeton Review Scholar Award
  • Office of Naval Research Scholar Award
  • Lester and Sue Smith Scholarship
  • Texas Association of Healthcare Volunteers Scholarship

High School:

  • President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Nomination for the 2011 Mayor’s Volunteer Houston Award
  • 1st Place Special Award (Biochemistry/Microbiology) at the 51st Science Engineering Fair of Houston
  • 1st Place (2010) & 2nd Place (2011) for Piano Solo at the UIL Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest
  • 1st Place Piano Solo at the Region 23 Orchestra UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest (2010 & 2011)
  • 3rd Place Piano Solo at the 2008 Texas French Symposium
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Le Loi USA Taekwondo – Hapkido Academy
  • 6th Annual International Martial Arts Festival: 1st Place Sparring & 1st Place Forms
  • AP Scholar with Distinction & Honor
  • Best French Level 3 and Level 2 Student
  • Best AP Biology Student
  • Best Economics & U.S. Government Student


I will be graduating from the University of Houston with a major in Biology and minors in Health and Medicine & Society.  After, I will be attending Baylor College of Medicine as part of the Houston Premedical Academy and hopefully the University of Houston Law Center to earn medical and law degrees concurrently.