Category Archives: Awards and Scholarships

Undergrads can get $6,000 as Astin Scholars to conduct Civic Engagement Research Project during Senior year: Apply by May 14

Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) for
the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Behavior
supports students doing entry-level research.

Astin Civic Engagement Scholars Program

Astin Scholars are awarded up to $6,000 to conduct a civic engagement research project during their senior year.
Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, scholars integrate experience gained in their work with an off-campus community partner to produce an honors thesis or comprehensive research project.

Applications due May 14, 2012.

Release of the California Dream Act Application

Release of the California Dream Act Application

The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the release of the statewide California Dream Act Application (Dream Application). For the first time, under Assembly Bills 130 (AB 130) and AB 131, AB 540 eligible students attending college in California may apply for and receive student financial aid from both publicly and privately funded sources. Students can complete the Dream Act Application online for 2012-13 assistance at

For the most part, the Dream Act Application serves students who are ineligible to file the FAFSA. These include undocumented students, a population that has previously not been allowed to apply for state financial aid assistance. Public college and university campuses will be preparing financial aid packages very soon so students who will be in college for 2012-13 should apply now.

Although students attending private colleges will not be able to receive state assistance for the 2012-13 year, many private colleges have expressed their interest in receiving the Dream Applications to use in consideration for their own college funded aid. If the student lists a college on the Dream Application, that college will be provided the application data. However, since not all colleges have indicated they are ready to accept Dream Application data, students should contact each campus under consideration for specific instructions on applying for aid at that school.

Cal Grant program eligibility will be first determined for the 2013-14 year. Starting January 2013, applicants will use the 2013-14 Dream Act Application to apply for state Cal Grant awards for use at public and private colleges.

The Dream Application instructions and pre-completion worksheet are posted on the Resources section of the Dream Act Application website at We encourage current AB 540 eligible college students, and current AB 540 eligible high school students who plan to attend college for the 2012-13 academic year to use the Dream Application.

During the development of the Dream Act Application, the Commission has enjoyed partnering with CASFAA, CCCSFAAA, AB 540 advocacy and student support groups, colleges, high schools and students during both in-person and teleconference meetings. We appreciate the advice and formulative feedback that has guided us during the development of this application. This is a historic event! We look forward to further collaborations in the future.

Please e-mail us anytime at or call us Monday through Friday 1:00 pm to 4:50 pm at (888) 294-0153 if you have any questions.

$3,000 Lau Scholarship for Chinese American History: Apply by May 30 Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:04 PM


The UCLA Asian American Studies Center is honored to announce the establishment of
the Stanley Kwok Lau and Dora Wong Lau Endowed
Undergraduate Research Scholarship Fund in Chinese American History.

The generosity of the Lau family will enable a current UCLA undergraduate student
to engage in faculty-supervised research in the area of Chinese American history.

The Summer 2012 Research Scholarship will focus on two themes:
1) The depiction of Chinese in Los Angeles-based newspapers,1850-1900,
2) The history of Chinese American Protestant churches in Los Angeles.
Amount: Up to $3, 000 per summer or quarter

Application Deadline: May 30, 2012
Application Form:

Scholarships in February and March


Scholarship from Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community – due February 12th

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community is a non-profit consortium of more than fifteen organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area providing support and community for nearly 500 queer Asian and Pacific Islander individuals. The APIQWTC scholarship supports queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourage future leaders. APIQWTC will be awarding scholarships of $500 to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing technical/professional training or an undergraduate/graduate degree.

Award Criteria

Current students in a certificate or degree-granting program as well as high school seniors pursuing further education or training in summer 2012 or fall 2012 are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate academic commitment as well as community involvement.

Application Requirements
Please submit:
· A cover letter
· A resume or c.v.
· A two-page double-spaced personal statement.

The personal statement should address community involvement and future goals. How has your cultural heritage, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity influenced your life and any activities in which you have been involved? Discuss any relevant experiences up to the present and how you see yourself involved in the community in the future, either through your career or otherwise.
· An official transcript
· At least one but no more than two letters of recommendation.
Letter(s) of reference should come from an instructor, employer, academic counselor, coach, community leader, or any other individual not related to you who is familiar with your personal, academic, or leadership qualities.

Submit statements and resumes/c.v.’s electronically no later than 7pm February 12, 2012. Letters and transcripts must be postmarked by February 12, 2012.

Send statement and resume/CV as electronic attachments to

Send letter(s) and transcripts to:
Amy Sueyoshi, Associate Professor
College of Ethnic Studies/San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132

Constance Coiner Award – due February 16 @ 5:30 PM

This award honors the life and continues the work of Constance Coiner, PhD (1987), who died along with her daughter, Ana Duarte-Coiner, on TWA Flight 800, in June of 1996. The applicant must demonstrate an active commitment to both working-class and feminist issues and involvement in community activities for social change.


Scholarships from UCLA Asian American Studies Center” – Due March 9th

21st Century Undergraduate Internship 1 award at $2,000 each NEW!
Angie Kwon Memorial Scholarship 2 awards at $2,000 each
21st Century Undergraduate Scholarship 1 award at $3,500 each
Toshio & Chiyoko Hoshide Scholarship 3 awards at $4,500 each
Reiko Uyeshima & Family Scholarship 3 awards at $4,500 each
Chidori Aiso Memorial Scholarship 3 awards at $4,500 each
George & Sakaye Aratani Community Internship 3 awards at $3,000 each
John Kubota Grant in Japanese American Studies 1 award at $4,500
Morgan & Helen Chu Outstanding Scholar Award 1 award at $4,500

Scholarships are awarded for community oriented research, creative projects,
campus or community service experience, internship with specified community organizations.

Awards from UCLA Asian American Studies Center” – Due March 9th

Hiram Wheeler Edwards Prize for the Study of WWII Internment Camps and Japanese Americans 1 award at $500
Eun Ju Koo Undergraduate Prize 1 award at $499.50
Professor Harry H.L. Kitano Undergraduate Prize 1 award at $500
Benjamin Cayetano Public Policy and Politics Prize 1 award at $500
Ben & Alice Hirano Academic Prize 1 award at $400
Tsugio & Miyoko Nakanishi Prize in Asian American Literature & Culture 1 award at $500
Rose Eng Chin & Helen Wong Eng Prize 1 award at $500
Royal Morales Prize in Pilipino American Studies 1 award at $500

Academic Prizes are awarded to the most outstanding papers, or thesis and dissertations.

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship for Children of Restaurant Workers” – Due March 15

Two $1,000 scholarships for restaurant workers and children of restaurant workers are available from the Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship, a program of the Asian Pacific Fund. The scholarship, founded in 2005, honors the values of Detroit restaurant owners Shui Kuen and Allen Chin through supporting the education aspirations of children of workers in the Asian/Pacific Islander food service industry in the U.S.

CAPAL Internship and Scholarship Early Decision Application Deadline: Feb.1

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is currently accepting Internship and Scholarship applications for 2012.

Scholarship Overview:

CAPAL scholarships allow outstanding APA students to spend the summer interning for a federal government agency, a Capitol Hill legislative office, or a non-profit organization, and gain firsthand knowledge of the workings of American government. Each CAPAL scholar will be awarded $2,000 in scholarships to support their successful completion of an internship of their choice in the Washington D.C. metro area. Each CAPAL scholar will be responsible for obtaining their own placement.

Internship Overview:

In partnership with federal government agencies, CAPAL will award internships with stipends at federal offices to outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) students committed to public service. Past agency placements have included the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service, Rural Development, and Food Safety and Inspection Service.

CAPAL is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the Asian Pacific American community. Its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the APA community, and to serve the APA community at large.

Please visit for more information.