Scholarships

Scholarships are key to recognizing and encouraging the value of education – encouraging the importance of learning is critical to the growth and development of the community.

Access to education and scholastic resources is key to the overall health and future success of the AAPI community.

This page is dedicated to scholarships, both through ASIA Inc. and other AAPI network organizations. If you're interested in making a donation to an ASIA scholarship, we also welcome any contribution from our community members!

Scholarships

The Wang-Ji-Thong Family Scholarship

FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

The Wang-Ji-Thong Family Scholarship For Health Professions offers three $2,500 scholarships to be awarded to students interested or currently pursuing studies in the health field. The winners will additionally have the opportunity to shadow health professionals at ASIA, Inc.’s International Community Health Center (ASIA-ICHC).

The 2020 Wang-Ji Family Scholarship recipients Alex Furukawa (left) and Angela Falconi (right) – the 2021 Award Year Deadline is May 31.

Interested candidates must be part of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) or refugee and immigrant communities and must be studying a health-related field. Each candidate must submit a copy of their SAT or ACT score(s), a typed essay, and a resume/CV that includes volunteerism. A letter of recommendation must be emailed directly to Kelly Le at kle@asiaohio.org.

A scholarship selection committee, including Dr. Wang and Mr. Ji, will review applicants based on academic standing, community engagement, financial need, and essay responses. Finalists will sit through phone interviews and applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, school official, or community leader.

Winners will receive an initial $2,500 award, and a one-time renewable $500 book scholarship will be awarded upon completion of the first-year progress report and commitment to mentor incoming-year scholarship awardee(s).

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Requirements

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Must belong to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Northeast Ohio;
  • Must provide a copy of the most recent school transcript, ACT or SAT score, a typed essay, and a resume/CV that includes volunteerism;
  • Ensure one letter of recommendation* from a teacher, school official, or community leader is emailed to Kelly Le;

* The person completing the letter of recommendation must e-mail the letter to Kelly Le at kle@asiaohio.org. The letter of recommendation must be received by the deadline for your application to be considered.

Donors

Jason Wang, MD. | Dr. Wang (pictured) earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University before going on to complete his residency at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Program affiliated with the University of California. He is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He enjoys investing in real estate, remodeling homes, eating Texas BBQ, and raising chickens.

 

Zack Ji | When Zack Ji was a young child growing up in Northeast Ohio, he aspired to become a doctor. However, instead of buying an MCAT preparation book, he spent his allowance on a computer so he could play Starcraft. This sparked his interest in technology, and he went on to graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in computer science. Today, Zack manages an investment portfolio with holdings in medical technology, B2B commerce, nightlife, commercial real estate, and retail services. In his spare time, Zack enjoys collecting cars, flying planes, and Instagramming pictures of his food. Mr. Ji is not pictured.

 

Dr. Aileen Thong | Dr. Thong will be donating on behalf of her father, Louis Gitsin Thong (pictured). Mr. Thong had a background in business management and finance and had careers spanning decades in the oil and rubber industries. After World War II, Mr. Thong accepted a position with the Standard Oil Company which would later become Exxon Mobil. In his position, he rose to become an executive of the company in Malaysia. Mr. Thong encouraged education for all children. This donation reflects their desire for academic excellence in the health field.

Application

Apply online for the Wang-Ji-Thong Family Scholarship application here.

For a downloadable application, click here.

For more information please email Kelly Le at kle@asiaohio.org or call (330) 535-3263 Ext. 5309.

Additional Scholarship Resources

Opportunities available for members of the AAPI community

APIA SCHOLARS

Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who lve at or below the poverty level; are the first in their families to attend college; and have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.

ASIAN PACIFIC FUND

APF Community Foundation Scholarships

Ten scholarship programs provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Each program is tailored to reflect the donor’s personal interests, whether targeted to specific ethnicities, career paths, or backgrounds. Through these programs, the APF partners with donors to give back in ways that are meaningful to them, and help students embark on their dreams.

FAFSA.GOV

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Completing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school for millions of students. The FAFSA not only gives you access to the $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds that the federal government has available, but many states, schools, and private scholarships require you to submit the FAFSA before they will consider you for any financial aid they offer.

Rewarding & supporting educational achievement.