Scholarships - 2022

Investing in Future Leaders

Since 1989, over two million dollars in scholarship benefits have been awarded through USPAACC. Major corporations have established their Hallmark Scholarships with USPAACC, and Asian American businesses have stepped forward to support the Scholarship Program and endow their own scholarships.

  • 14 Scholarships in 2021
  • 2,500+ Applications Received Annually
  • $61,500 Amount Awarded in 2021
  • 9 Scholarship Sponsors in 2021
College Scholarship Committee Members
Scholarship Winners 1
Scholarship Winners 2

Sponsors

Between ten and twenty scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 each are being awarded every year to high school seniors nationwide for their post-secondary education.

Process

Complete online application

The 2022 College Scholarship Application is now closed.

Deadline: March 31, 2022

PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE STARTING THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Prepare supporting documents

Every document is required and must be submitted through our online application.

  • 2" x 2" Photo of Yourself
  • 2 Essays Responses
    Question 1: Please tell us about yourself including the obstacles you faced along the way and how you overcame these obstacles.
    Question 2: If awarded this scholarship, how will you leverage your relationship with USPAACC to assist you in giving back to the community at large? Please provide us with specific examples.
  • High school Transcript
  • Copy of the most recent household tax return signed and dated by taxpayer(s).
    Must include the applicant’s name, a statement of the actual household income, and the taxpayer’s signature. Please black out all social security numbers as a security precaution.
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation
    (1) one from high school, (1) one from a community service organization
    MUST be on letterhead and signed by recommenders.

    For the required recommendation letters, if your recommenders need to submit directly to USPAACC, they can email the file to rachelle@uspaacc.com and we will attach it to your application records.

    Because the application will require these fields to be completed, please just attach a document in there with a note that you've sent the letters in separately by email. Thank you!

  • Post-secondary Information
    Information on the proposed post-secondary course of study (major) and associated costs

Criteria

Applicant requirements

  • High school senior
  • East, South, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Island heritage
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Beginning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States in Fall 2022

Award requirements

  • Academic achievement of 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Leadership in extracurricular activities
  • Involvement in community service
  • Financial need

Scholarship recipients are asked to

  • Participate in scholarship activities.
  • Write a Thank You Letter to the sponsor of their scholarship and send it to USPAACC.
  • Keep USPAACC informed of their college life and studies during their first four years in college by writing at least once per year.

FAQs

What is the scholarship selection process?

The USPAACC Scholarship Committee typically consists of entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, government officials and educators. They meet to review the applications, deliberate and make their selections. Then, the Committee members present their recommendations to the USPAACC National President & CEO for final review.

Do you have the instruction for the scholarship online application?

Yes we do. Please find the instruction HERE.

What is the amount of the scholarship?

The amount of the scholarship depends on the sponsors’ contributions and usually varies between $3,000 and $5,000. USPAACC will send the scholarship funds directly to the school the recipient will attend in the Fall semester.

How many scholarships are provided each year?

Each year the number of scholarship awards varies between 10 and 20.

When will the scholarship recipients be notified?

Scholarship recipients will likely be notified in April or May. Due to the thousands of scholarship applications we receive, we will notify ONLY the awardees.

Am I required to attend the annual conference and the scholarship award presentation ceremony?

If possible, we would like for winners to attend our conference and scholarship award presentation at the end of May.

What ethnicities qualify as Pan-Asian American? Can I apply if I am not of Pan-Asian American heritage?

We accept applicants of Pan-Asian American heritage. Pan-Asian American refers to having an ethnic background from the following countries: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Thailand.

What should I include in the essay?

The essay is your best chance to share your story with the scholarship committee and should include your background, upbringing, and achievements. Tell us about what you have had to overcome and how these hardships have affected or influenced your goals for the future.

Does the transcript need to be official?

Yes, if the school will provide it to you. If not, you can attach an unofficial transcript.

What if I do not have anybody outside of school to write a recommendation?

USPAACC scholarship applications require two recommendations—the outside-of-school recommendation is a requirement. The outside-of-school recommendation will enable the Scholarship Committee members to evaluate and better understand your achievements outside of academia.

Is any picture acceptable?

No. Photographs should be in color, 2"x2" in size, and of good quality. Scanned photos will not be accepted. Passport-sized photographs or yearbook type photographs are ideal. We will be printing the pictures of scholarship recipients in the Conference Program Book.

I do community service through my school (key club, after school activities), can I get a letter of recommendation from them?

Yes, as long as the recommendation letter is from a faculty member responsible for the club. We are looking for recommendations based on community service/leadership. Recommendation through the school is fine as long as they stick to the topic only.

Why do I need to submit my tax return form and do I need to submit it in its entirety?

We need to verify that it is really YOU! You will only need to provide us with enough of the tax return to state the applicant's name, the household income, and the taxpayer's signature. Please make sure all this information is stated clearly on the form.

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN #52-164-1440) which makes all donations to us tax-deductible.