Scholarship Recipients

2017 AAPAAN Scholarship Recipients

Shambhawi Thakur - webShambhawi Thakur: Jack T. Chen Scholar

Graduation Year: 2018

Major:  Spanish with Pre-Med Track

I am highly honored to be the recipient of Jack T. Chen Scholarship. I am a Spanish major and am aiming to become a successful doctor. Being a part of the APA community has fostered my determination and hard-work to achieve my goals. I am also extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had to be involved with the APA community as I am really passionate about helping others. I hope to continue my contributions throughout the upcoming future.


Yulin Ge - webYulin Ge: Yee Family American Dream Scholar

Graduation Year: 2018

Intended Major: Commerce (Finance and Accounting) & Statistics

I am a third year student studying Finance and Accounting in the McIntire School of Commerce, also double majoring in Statistics. I came from Shanghai and always like to challenge my own boundaries. I hope to work in the Financial Service industry in the US after graduation. In the long-term, I want to use my business skills to make social impact in China, potentially through an educational startup.

I am more than honored to receive the Yee Family American Dream Scholarship. My cultural identity has always reminded me to be a respectful and caring person and also be persistent in achieving my goals. This award from AAPAAN definitely encourages me to keep taking initiatives to serve the need of my community and mentor younger students from A/APA background.

2016 AAPAAN Scholarship Recipients

bryan-chen_for-aapaan-webBryan Chen: Yee Family American Dream Scholar

Graduation Year: 2018

Intended Major: Commerce (Finance Concentration) & Computer Science; Intended Economics Minor

I am extremely honored to be a recipient of the Yee Family American Dream Scholarship of 2016 and thankful that this award encourages me to continue to give back to the APA community. I am currently a third year Computer Science major. My goals are to work in the tech industry after graduation and, hopefully in the long term, to make a social impact and establish a business aiding underprivileged APA students and communities.


aapaan-scholars-2016Shan Shan: Jack T. Chen Scholar

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Politics (Foreign Affairs) & Commerce (Finance and IT Concentration with Business Analytics track)

It’s my great honor to receive the Jack T. Chen Memorial Scholarship. This award encourages me to keep on contributing to the APA community and creating a positive impact. After graduation, I hope to keep in close contact with the APA students at UVA and try my best to give them advice and guidance. Furthermore, I aspire to connect and help strengthen the alumni network, making our voice stronger and more influential to benefit the broader university community in the future.

2015 AAPAAN Scholarship Recipients

Tiffany Chong: Jack T. Chen Scholar

Graduation Year: 2018

Major: Pre-Commerce

I am extremely honored to be a recipient of the Jack T. Chen Memorial Scholarship. I am from Northern Virginia and hope to pursue a business-related field, potentially in the future working for a non-profit company. Regardless of what I end up doing in the future, I am forever grateful for all my positive experiences with the APA community. It has helped shape my work ethic, passion, and values. I have found a warm and welcoming home in UVa’s APA community, and I greatly hope to serve them well.


Yimeng (Blaire) Huang: Yee Family American Dream Scholar

Blaire HuangGraduation Year: 2016

Major: Commerce (Finance and IT Concentrations) & Political Philosophy, Policy, and 


2014 Jack T. Chen Scholarship Recipients

Deepak De

Deepak DeGraduation Year: 2016

Major: Commerce

After being part of the APA community at UVA and studying abroad in Japan, I hope to bring more of my experiences into the UVA community and further understanding among people of different cultures. This scholarship inspires me to go further with the support of the new first year class by helping them transition into an amazing UVA experience.


Tae Yoon Seo

Tae Yoon SeoGraduation Year: 2016

My name is Tae Yoon Seo and I am a Third Year Nursing student. I am hoping to work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the DC Metropolitan area after I graduate and become a midwife as my long-term profession. I love mothers and babies. I have a strong passion for photography and music. I am very thankful to be chosen as a recipient for the Jack T. Chen scholarship and hope to continue contributing to the AAPAAN community.

2013 Jack T. Chen Scholarship Recipients

Jason Liao

Jason Liao

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Chemistry with specialization in Biochemistry & American Chemical Society Certification
Future Plans:  Work and travel before attending medical school.

It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the A/APA community. Not only has this award helped me to achieve my goals, but it has also encouraged me to expand my service to the A/APA community. I hope to live up to Jack Chen’s reputation as a scholarly and loving human being here at UVA and well after graduation.


Ruyin Liao

Ruyin Liao

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Commerce (Double concentrations in Finance and Marketing)


I felt beyond honored to receive the Jack T. Chen Memorial Scholarship. The University provides limited financial aids to international students and the Scholarship supported me in a time of great needs. I am very thankful to have been so involved in the AAPA community at UVa, to have been given so many opportunities to learn about leadership, to garner friendship, to meet the supportive AAPAAN at the Signature Event, and to have more than enough reason to improve myself every day. I look forward to making my contribution to AAPAAN one day.

2012 Jack T. Chen Scholarship Recipients

Mika Nomura

Mika NomuraNationality: Japanese/Taiwanese
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Psychology and Sociology

Future Plans: My current goal is to do both research and clinical work at a university after receiving a PhD in clinical psychology.

What this Award Means to Me: I am very excited to receive this honor and recognition for my contributions to the A/APA community. This award inspires me to continue to promote multiculturalism and pursue my academic career. I am forever grateful for the support my family, friends, and the UVa community has given me.

Xiaoyi (Sean) Yu

Xiaoyi (Sean) YuHometown: Beijing, China
Year: 2015
Major: Pre-Commerce and Economics

Future Plans: Get into Commerce School, seek career in financial industry after graduation, and finally start a business for children education.

What this Award Means to Me: It’s my honor to receive this award. And it encourages me to continue to put my efforts in bringing more meaningful opportunities to the APA community and to help the APA students fit in the American culture here. With my Outreach position in Mainland Student Network and Head of Event position in Global Student Council, I will also organize more cultural communication events to raise the awareness of APA community in University of Virginia.

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