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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.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

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 fall 2023.
  • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of full-time college education (24 credits or equivalent) by June 2024.
  • Plan to enroll for the entire 2024-25 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 fifty (50) National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News and World Report (NOTE: the ranking in the fall of 2023) – 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 fifty National Liberal Arts Colleges ranked by US News and World Report:

  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Berea College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Centre College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Connecticut College
  • Davidson College
  • DePauw University
  • Denison University
  • Dickinson College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Furman University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Hillsdale College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Macalester College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Principia College
  • Scripps College
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Spelman College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Swarthmore College
  • The University of the South
  • Trinity College
  • Union College
  • University of Richmond
  • Vassar College
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Whitman College
  • Williams College
  • Amherst
  • New York
  • Lewiston
  • Berea
  • Brunswick
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Lewisburg
  • Northfield
  • Danville
  • Claremont
  • Waterville
  • Hamilton
  • Colorado Springs
  • Worcester
  • New London
  • Davidson
  • Greencastle
  • Granville
  • Carlisle
  • Lancaster
  • Greenville
  • Grinnell
  • Clinton
  • Claremont
  • Haverford
  • Hillsdale
  • Gambier
  • Easton
  • St. Paul
  • Middlebury
  • South Hadley
  • Oberlin
  • Los Angeles
  • Claremont
  • Claremont
  • Elsah
  • Claremont
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Northampton
  • Atlanta
  • Northfield
  • Swarthmore
  • Sewanee
  • Hartford
  • Schenectady
  • Richmond
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Lexington
  • Wellesley
  • Middletown
  • Walla Walla
  • Williamstown
  • MA
  • NY
  • ME
  • KY
  • ME
  • PA
  • PA
  • MN
  • KY
  • CA
  • ME
  • NY
  • CO
  • MA
  • CT
  • NC
  • IN
  • OH
  • PA
  • PA
  • SC
  • IA
  • NY
  • CA
  • PA
  • MI
  • OH
  • PA
  • MN
  • VT
  • MA
  • OH
  • CA
  • CA
  • CA
  • IL
  • CA
  • NY
  • MA
  • GA
  • MN
  • PA
  • TN
  • CT
  • NY
  • VA
  • NY
  • VA
  • MA
  • CT
  • WA
  • MA

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • 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 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges at the time of transfer.

Renewal students will be contacted by Scholarship America in January of each year. Renewal students will be asked to send the sponsor a brief update each year on their academic and other activities and a final update on their post-graduation plans.

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.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

  • 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 26, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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