Chinese Professionals Club – Houston Scholarship
DEADLINE EXTENDED- We have extended the deadline for the 2021 CPC Scholarship to accommodate for extenuating circumstances resulting from the ongoing pandemic.
- Jessica Li
- Weimen Li
- Justin Truong
CPC Houston Scholarship Co-Chairs
NEW Application Due Date: Feb. 5th, 2021 (Friday) at midnight central standard time (CST)
In-Person Interview Dates (selected candidates): Week of March 8th, 2021
CPC Scholarship Gala: Late March, 2021
NEW for 2021: Given the hardship induced by COVID19, the CPC Scholarship committee will NOT require standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP scores) from applicants in the 2021 selection cycle. Students who wish to have these scores considered by the committee should still submit them as attachments, per instructions in the application form.
The CPC Committee will also look towards increasing the number of financial aid awards with particular consideration for students from families most impacted by the economic ripple effects of the pandemic, given the unique challenges confronting the communities around Houston this year.
All interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place virtually or by phone, in lieu of being in-person, to reduce the risk of transmission.
-A student of Chinese descent (minimum 1/4) who is a resident of (or whose parent or guardian resides in) the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area
-Currently enrolled in an accredited high school or secondary school with plans to graduate by June, 2021. AND
-Begin full time undergraduate studies in an accredited college, university, or an institution of higher learning in the United States in the Fall of 2021
-Already enrolled in a Texas university majoring in education or high school senior planning to enroll in a school of education.
Excellence in Pharmacy Award:
-Enrolled in a Texas university pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmacy.
Financial Aid Award:
-Student who meets the applicant requirements
-Family income must not exceed 300% of the current poverty guidelines. Link to US Federal poverty guidelines: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
How are applications evaluated?
The CPC Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications based on a diverse set of criteria including academic achievement as reflected by grades and test scores (30 points), depth and breadth of extracurricular engagements (20 points), involvement in community leadership and service (15 points), teachers’ recommendations (15 points) as well as where applicable, demonstrated financial need and commitment to the pursuit of select careers, namely in pharmacy or education. Each applicant will be independently reviewed by at least three members of the committee with expertise in distinct disciplines who will critically evaluate personal statements, transcripts, resumes, references, and any additional supporting material. Applicants for merit-based scholarships will be scored out of 90 points, and applicants for need-based or career-specific awards will be scored out of 120 points.
After applications are scored, a selected group of students will advance to virtual interviews. Applicants should expect to hear within one week of the interview whether they were awarded a scholarship.
All questions must be addressed between 300 and 500 words.
All candidates must answer one of the two options:
- How has your Chinese American identity shaped your character, principles, aspirations, and worldview?
- Describe an event, life experience, course, project, or encounter that played an unparalleled role in forming your identify and aspirations.
Financial Aid candidates must also answer the following question:
- We are interested in learning more about you and the context in which you have grown up, formed your aspirations and accomplished your academic successes. Please describe the factors and challenges that have most shaped your personal life and aspirations. How have these factors formed your growth?
Education Award Candidates (in addition to the required essay for all):
- Write an essay on why you are interested in teaching in primary or secondary education.
Optional Essay: How has living through the COVID-19 pandemic during some of your most significant and formative years impacted or changed you?
- Create a Google Gmail Account
- Fill out the Scholarship Form application
- Submit transcript (unofficial is acceptable), SAT and ACT scores
- Send two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can describe your academic or leadership accomplishments
- Submit essay
- Education Award applicants only- please submit education essay
- Financial Aid Award applicants only- please submit income tax return information
**Students may submit a copy of unofficial high school transcript, SAT and/or ACT scores, letters of recommendation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click the link below to apply: