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A/AC Scholarships

The Asian/American Center (A/AC) is delighted to announce newly established scholarships available to Queens College students, which began Fall 2014. These scholarships are intended to help students complete their college education, and are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.

 

2018 Scholarship Application, Procedure and Faculty Recommendation Form


 
 
 
 
2017 Scholarship Recipients
 
Ms. Mashiyat Alam, Junior, Biology
 
 
 
It’s hard to put a price on recognition. When I first got the email about this scholarship, I thought wow, this is the first scholarship I feel comfortable doing. And I've never really won one before either, so this was all very new to me. I thought, let's give it a shot anyway. And I somehow got it, to my great astonishment. But to me, it's not just about the money. It’s about the recognition that I am an Asian American, and my experiences, my voice, and my perspective matters. That’s what this scholarship means to me. My name is Mashiyat Alam, and I am a Biology major and a Japanese minor, and I am proud to be an Asian American. I want to thank everyone who thought I was deserving. I want to congratulate all of my fellow recipients as well. Thank you.
 
 
 
Mr. Runhui Deng, Junior, Math and Economics
 
 
 
Hello, everyone. My name is Runhui Deng. It is such an honor to be here making a speech. My family and I came to the United States in 2012. Neither of my parents spoke any English, and my sister and I just spoke a little bit. It was hard to get used to our new lives – we all felt depressed at the time with the difficulties we were facing, both socially and financially. My sister and I are the first generation in our family to go to college; neither of my parents finished high school. Needless to say, they are proud of their children. I have to find a job during the school year to pay for costs other than tuition. It is not easy to be a full time student, work part time, and maintain good grades at the same time. The existence of Asian American Center Scholarship helps my family financially and myself socially. It encourages me to believe things will come through, to just keep trying and never give up. I sincerely appreciate the efforts made by Professor Wu, the Asian American Center, and the Ames family for their generous support. I am looking forward to make my contributions to our society.
 
 
 
Mr. Yunke Gao, Senior, Computer Science
 
 
 
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, my name is Yunke Gao. This is my second time standing here, it’s a great pleasure for standing here again. For this time, I will not talk about my background, I will like to share some experiences that I have with Asian American Center for the past one year. The first thing, I want to talk about, is the events that Asian American Center has. I remember there is an event that Asian American Center invited one speaker called Jerry who is a staff attorney at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. I learned the history and development of Asian American in the United States from his speech, and how we are fighting for our rights in voting and policies. Especially for Queens, we have increase the amount of Asian minority. The second thing is the being a member of the Student Council of Asian/American Center. This is a new experience for me too. We have some meetings for the Student Council. And I also benefit a lot from those meetings. One example is that I knew who Vincent Chin is. For many of you are my age might not know about Vincent Chin. His case is very significant for Asian American history and movement of Asian American.  Thank you.
 
 
 
Mr. Hon Fai (Sam) Kan. Senior, Sociology & Urban Studies
 
 
 
Good evening everyone, it is my honor to receive this scholarship and I really would like to thank the Asian American Center once again. As professor Wu said before, the Asian American population has been soaring. However, we are still being neglected in different aspects. From my point of view, I believe there are two best ways to empower ourselves. One is exercising our voting right, the other would be acquiring higher education. Getting a college degree would not only help one to advance the social ladder, but can also empower himself. Thank you everyone! 
 
 
 
Ms. Rita Malo.  Junior, Political Science & Comparative Literature
 
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Asian/American Center (A/AC) for selecting me as one of the A/AC Scholarship recipient this year. Opportunities such as the A/AC Scholarship Program are essential in ensuring that the hard work, dedication, and struggles of Asian American students are recognized, voiced, and appreciated. The events and activities held by the Asian American Center, such as the discussions on race and immigration, are of utmost importance given the current political climate. These events are not only thought provoking and informative, but they create a sense of solidarity amongst Asian American students as well as the wider college community.
 
Due to the generosity of the Asian American Center, I have been able to fully focus on my academic goals for the past year and will continue to do so this year as well. Although City University of New York offers a great education at a fraction of a price in comparison to private schools, paying for tuition, fees, and books can be extremely challenging and stressful for students and their families. Because a lot of students, attending Queens College come from marginalized backgrounds, waiting to see if you'll receive financial aid after filing FAFSA each semester can be disappointing if you don't qualify. Students may even have to drop a class or worse, withdraw from a semester because the financial burden is too overwhelming. For example, before receiving the scholarship, I recall the times when I was forced to sacrifice taking courses that I really liked because the financial burden was too much.
 
However, the Asian American scholarship ensures that my financial needs are completely taken care of and has allowed me to focus on what’s truly important: pursuing my goals and finishing my education on time. Over the past year, I have been able to take extra language courses in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. Although these courses are essential to my educational interests and professional goals, I wouldn’t have been able to take it had it not been for the scholarship. Due to the scholarship allowing me to intellectually explore a variety of different possibilities, I have been able to develop my research interests pertaining to the Middle East and currently work with several faculty members on a capstone project. I intend to continue working on my research and will be applying for PhD programs in Middle Eastern history and politics. More importantly, the scholarship has ensured that I remain on track to graduating on time next spring.
 
As I complete my last year in Queens College, I am honored and thankful for receiving this generous scholarship for the past two years. Thank you for enabling this opportunity!

 

 

 
2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients
 
 
Yunke Gao, JuniorComputer Science Major



Rita Malo, SophomorePolitical Science and Comparative Literature Major



Diana Ng, JuniorDesign Major



Franklin Paek, Freshman Major Undecided
 
 

 

 
2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients

 
gfh.jpg        Ruibo Chen, SeniorComputer Science Major

 

 

5515.jpg       Lovepreet Singh, Freshman, Biology Major   

 

 
  
411.jpg          Juhyun So, SophomoreMath and Music Major

Asian/American Center
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Telephone: (718) 997-3050
Fax: (718) 997-3055
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Director:
Madhulika Khandelwal
Associate Director:
Hong Wu
Professors:
Nila Chatterjee
Daniel Inouye

Program Assistant: 
 Jemal Rahyab 



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