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Chia Family Foundation Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Chia Family Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist Chinese-Americans who plan to continue their education in college.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.

Applicants to the Chia Family Foundation Scholarship Program must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be Chinese-American by direct lineal descent based on self-identification and indication of student’s or family’s origins (place of birth in China: city, province). If unknown, applicants will be asked to provide a reason.
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).
  • Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2020.
  • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of full-time college education (24 credits or equivalent) by June 2021.
  • Plan to enroll for the entire 2021-22 academic year in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited private non-profit four year college in the United States that is currently ranked among the top twenty-five National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News and World Report (NOTE: the ranking at the time the application period opens) – see below.
  • Be studying to obtain a first bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrate financial need based on the application information and copy of family’s IRS 1040 (or equivalent).

Previous recipients are not eligible to reapply.

Top twenty-five National Liberal Arts Colleges ranked by US News and World Report:

Williams College Williamstown MA
Amherst College Amherst MA
Swarthmore College Swarthmore PA
Pomona College Claremont CA
Wellesley College Wellesley MA
Bowdoin College Brunswick ME
Claremont McKenna College Claremont CA
Carleton College Northfield MN
Hamilton College Clinton NY
Middlebury College Middlebury VT
Washington and Lee University Lexington VA
Grinnell College Grinnell IA
Vassar College Poughkeepsie NY
Colby College Waterville ME
Davidson College Davidson NC
Haverford College Haverford PA
Smith College Northampton MA
Colgate University Hamilton NY
Wesleyan University Middletown CT
Barnard College New York NY
Bates College Lewiston ME
University of Richmond Richmond VA
Colorado College Colorado Springs CO
Harvey Mudd College Claremont CA
Macalester College St. Paul MN


Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of goals and aspirations
  • Ability to overcome challenging personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation.

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Chia Family Foundation play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study at the same college.

Each year of eligible renewal, the award will increase by $1,000. Recipients who plan to transfer schools must attend another eligible private non-profit college ranked in the top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges at the time of transfer.

A deferral of up to one academic year may be granted for any reason.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified of their status in late-March.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Chia Family Foundation. Payment is made in August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information page.  Black out any sensitive data including Social Security Numbers prior to uploading.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than January 25, 2021 3:00 pm CT.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

The Chia Family Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!