AAPAAN Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

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University of Virginia’s Asian-American alumni network awards $4000 in scholarships

Charlottesville, VA — March 27, 2017 — The University of Virginia’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network (AAPAAN) announced today the recipients of their annual scholarship program. Shambhawi Thakur, a third-year Spanish major on the pre-med track from Burke, VA, is the recipient of the Jack T. Chen Memorial Scholarship, and Yulin Ge, a third-year commerce and statistics major from Shanghai, China, will receive the Yee Family American Dream Scholarship. Thakur and Ge will each receive $2000.

“Our goal is to assist students leaders active in the Asian/Asian Pacific American community at the University of Virginia reach success and fulfill their dreams,” said Wee Yee, 1974 School of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduate and the founder of the Yee Family American Dream Scholarship. Yee is the current chairman of the board of AAPAAN.

Scholarship recipients are chosen by AAPAAN’s scholarship committee, which is composed of active members and board members. The scholarships recognizes a combination of academic merit, contributions to the Asian/Asian Pacific American community at the University or elsewhere, and financial need.

“This year’s applicants demonstrated remarkable achievements. Thakur’s dedication to service stood out in particular, as did Ge’s contributions to the Asian community,” said James Tsai, 2001 School of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduate and immediate past AAPAAN board chair. The Jack T. Chen Memorial Scholarship honors Tsai’s brother, a student at the University that passed in his third year. .

Both Thakur and Ge mentioned their parents as inspiration for applying for the scholarships.

The scholarship program, which is now in its sixth year, is funded largely by alumni donations. “The scholarship endowment was initially seeded at $5,000 and has grown to over $100,000 over the past several years.” Yee said. “Our members, other alumni and corporate matching have donated generously to enable AAPAAN to increase its scholarship awards each year.  AAPAAN sponsors some events with registration fee’s going to the scholarship endowment.  It’s all for a great cause!”

One of these events will be a reception in Washington DC honoring Thakur and Ge on April 7, 2017 which the public is invited to attend.

For further information about the scholarships and to make a donation please visit: http://aig.alumni.virginia.edu/aapaan/support-aapaan/.

 

About the University of Virginia Asian and Asian Pacific Alumni Network

The University of Virginia’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network serves more than 11,000 alumni of Asian and Asian Pacific descent. Our mission is to provide an alumni network that builds and supports connections with the University of Virginia community. To find out more, visit our website at http://www.aapaan.org.

 

For more information please contact Travis Robertson at trobertson@virginia.edu