ILF CEO Appointed to Board of Directors of the Congressional Award

For Immediate Release

December 1 , 2015

Contact: Soo-Kyung Koo | 202-204-3019 |


Ms. Tong and ILF Recognized for Commitment to Community

Washington, D.C. – In recognition of her dedication to serving the community through the International Leadership Foundation (ILF), Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appointed Ms. Chiling Tong, Founder and CEO of ILF, to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Congress Congressional Award for young leaders. She joins the ranks of over 40 accomplished Americans from across the United States, some of whom are Members of Congress.

The Congressional Award encourages long-term goal setting in four program areas among 14- to 23-year-olds, including Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificate levels and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal levels. Minimum service hours can vary from 15 hours to 24 months. Participants work with advisors to set and accomplish their goals at their own pace and also validators who will verify and approve the goals. Parents, friends, and relatives cannot be advisors or validators. Interested students can register and learn about the program from their website:

“I am humbled to serve on the board for such a prestigious program that promotes service and personal development among our young leaders,” said Ms. Tong. “ILF and the Congressional Award share similar goals of developing young leaders and empowering them with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world.”

ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training to over a thousand talented Asian Pacific American (APA) college students since the year 2000. Its core program includes the Washington D.C. Civic Fellowship program, where 30 Fellows participate in a supervised internship program at a federal agency or on Capitol Hill to understand public service and policy. ILF also hosts outstanding college students from Asia as Young Ambassadors to network with Fellows and participate in a leadership program to understand American democratic governance.

Founded in 2000, the International Leadership Foundation has promoted the civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity of the APA community as a non-profit organization. ILF’s mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public affairs, entrepreneurship and international relations through a network of business and community leaders. For more information on ILF, please visit

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