Scholarship

Our scholarship applications are now open.

Application deadline: April 30th, 2021

For questions, please email [email protected]


Anita Fong Memorial Scholarship

AMOUNT: $1229

Anita Fong was a fierce advocate and mentor for Asian Pacific Islander women. This scholarship honors her achievements and dedication to helping others. It is to be awarded to a female high school senior who expresses interest in a healthcare industry and demonstrates Anita’s spirit of community service. The Anita Fong Memorial Scholarship is managed by the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown and its President Richard Swart and Past President Vanita Louie.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Current CYC youth participant
  • Identifies as a female
  • Health care industry interests
  • Participates in community service and/or civic engagement
  • Residency: San Francisco
  • Ethnicity: Asian Pacific Islander

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Scholarship

EACH AMOUNT: $1000 – AWARDS: 5

The impact of COVID-19 on the economy has caused significant financial hardships for many individuals and families. This situation has forced some families to reconsider sending their child to college to achieve a higher education due to affordability concerns. Sacrificing education is a decision that no family should have to go through. This scholarship is intended to help those who have been impacted the hardest and have the greatest need for financial aid in ensuring they get to receive a college education.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Accepted or enrolled in a 2 year or 4 year college
  • A citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Ethnicity: Asian Pacific Islander
  • Open to all high school Seniors living in San Francisco

Eddy Zheng Scholarship

EACH AMOUNT: $1000 – AWARDS: 2

Eddy Zheng has a lifelong commitment in serving the children, youth, and families in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Eddy immigrated to the United States from China with his family when he was 12 years old. “Like many immigrant youth before and after me, I did not have a choice on whether or not I wanted to come to the U.S.,” he says. “I know firsthand the difficulties, barriers and frustrations the young people in our community are going through, and what can happen when they can’t get the help and support they need to succeed.” Eddy’s mission is to use his experiences to inspire and motivate young people to invest in their education, raise awareness about the detrimental impact that the Prison Industrial Complex has on the Asian Pacific Islander population, and building racial solidarity among people of color.

Eddy is the President & Founder of New Breath Foundation, and works to mobilize resources to support Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) harmed by violence and the unjust immigration and criminal justice systems. A 2019-21 Rosenberg Foundation Leading Edge Fellow and a 2015-17 Open Society Foundation Soros Justice Fellow, he served as Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and co-founded the first ever ethnic studies program in San Quentin State Prison – ROOTS. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Current/former CYC youth participant
  • Minimum GPA: 2.0 or GED
  • Financial need
  • Renewable? No
  • Residency: San Francisco


Jessie Cheng Charitable Foundation Scholarship

EACH AMOUNT: $1000 – AWARDS: 2

Jessie Cheng immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong and resided in Honolulu for over thirty years before her passing in 2013. Having gone through hardships while growing up in Shanghai, Jessie was convinced that education was the key to a fulfilling life. At that same time, she also believed that it was important for students to gain real life experiences through participating in community projects and programs.

Today, the Cheng family continues to encourage and support students who are committed to community service through the Jessie Cheng Charitable Foundation scholarship fund managed by Claudine Cheng.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Participates in community service and/or civic engagement program
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership
  • GPA: 3.0 minimum
  • Current CYC youth participant
  • Residency: San Francisco
  • Ethnicity: Asian Pacific Islander

Make a Difference Scholarship

AMOUNT: $5000/$1250 annually for 4 years

Going to college is a major chapter in a youth’s life. It is a time when they will gain a lot not just academically but also in self discovery. The impact of a college education will create paths for ones future and lead them towards success. The first step towards success is getting into college. The Make a Difference Scholarship recognizes that being accepted into college is a major milestone but realizes there are other factors that could also inhibit someone receiving a good education to pursue their ambitions. The Make a Difference Scholarship’s goal is to ease the financial constraints of higher education with a four year scholarship so one can fully concentrate on their potential in life.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Current CYC youth participant
  • First generation immigrant or first in family to go to college
  • A citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Accepted and committed to a University of California
  • GPA: 3.0 minimum to apply and 3.0 GPA to renew scholarship every year
  • Maintain full course load during the academic year
  • Current CYC youth participant
  • Residency: San Francisco
  • Ethnicity: Chinese

Siu Family Charitable Fund Scholarship

EACH AMOUNT: $2000 – AWARDS: 2

The Siu Family Charitable Fund and CYC are fully aware that scholarships and financial aid are important in assisting students from low income immigrant families attain a college education. The dream of being able to pursue a higher education is a life-changing moment with a lifetime of impacts. Through this scholarship, the youth in our community are being offered the opportunity of achieving success and developing their knowledge and passion into becoming the next generation of leaders with a future full of endless possibilities.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Immigrant youth or youth of immigrant parents who is the first person in their immediate family to attend college. Must be entering first year of college in Fall 2021
  • Incoming freshman accepted and enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year or two-year college in 2021
  • Must study full time
  • A citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Current CYC youth participant
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Residency: San Francisco
  • Ethnicity: Asian Pacific Islander


Vincent Fong Impossible Dream Scholarship

AMOUNT: $1000

Vincent Fong is Anita Fong’s older brother, who emigrated from Hong Kong when he was 10 years old, along with his parents and Anita. He attended UC Berkeley where he earned his Bachelor in Engineering, an MBA, and a law degree (JD). After such a diverse education, Vince decided the best way to find some synergy in his education and personal interest in optimization and minimization (operations research) would be in the field of taxation.

Inspired by his sister’s giving spirit, Vincent established the Vincent Fong Impossible Dream Scholarship to encourage young people to broaden their opportunities and erase financial barriers that prevent them from achieving their academic dreams.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Current CYC youth participant
  • High school senior
  • Residency: San Francisco