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Asian American Scholarships

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US Student Fulbright Competition


Asian American Journalists Association Scholarship
The Chicago chapter of AAJA offers scholarships/internships each year to college students interested in pursuing a career in journalism. Other opportunities are available at the national level.
Local: http://chapters.aaja.org/Chicago
National: http://www.aaja.org/programs/for_students/scholarships

Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund
APIASF administers the Gates Millennium Scholarship in addition to several others. Please check the website for further details about the scholarships.


The Asian Women In Business Scholarship Fund
The Asian Women In Business Scholarship encourages and promotes exceptional Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/or entrepreneurship. The AWIB Scholarship Fund will award Scholarships in November 2009 to students who have the attributes to be our next generation of leaders.


Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study aboard. This is for U.S. undergraduate students receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 4-year college.


Japanese American Citizens League
JACL offers scholarships and fellowships for incoming and current college students. Must be member to apply.


Multicultural Advertising Intern Program
Since 1973, the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) has helped jumpstart the careers of more than 2,000 African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American, Native-American, multiracial and multiethnic aspiring advertising professionals. Each year, undergraduate and graduate students are selected for a 10-week paid summer internship at an AAAA member advertising agency.


South Asian Journalists Association Scholarship
Both undergraduate and graduate applicants must be of South Asian descent OR demonstrate an interest in South Asia or the diaspora; and serious about pursuing journalism as a career.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Founded in the late 1970s, the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a community-based social services agency. CMAA’s mission is to serve the needs, promote the interests, and enhance the well-being of Chinese and other immigrants and refugees in Chicagoland, and to foster their participation in American society.  CMAA offers a literary program, employment assistance, social services, assistance with citizenship and immigration, a variety of youth programs, and also serves as the lead agency spearheading the Multicultural Youth Project.  Each year, CMAA serves over 13,000 people in the Chicago metropolitan area. 


Coalition of Arab, African, Asian, European & Latino Immigrants of Illinois
Its mission is to To strengthen diverse voices of inter-generational immigrant and refugee communities by building alliances through a transformative process to develop grassroots power that impacts public policy. To engage the people and raise their voices to assert human and civil rights, promoting peoples’ participation and integration into a democratic society.


Indo-American Democratic Organization
Educate and empower Indian Americans through grassroots actions and get more Indian Americans to participate in the political process from voting to running for elected office.


Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Ministries (IRIM) 
IRIM was founded in 1982 as part of the Illinois Conference of Churches’ Refugee and Immigration Program, and incorporated as a stand-alone 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization in 1992. Serving individuals of all races, creeds, ethnic, religious, and geographic backgrounds, our mission is to provide comprehensive services to help refugees, asylees, and immigrants lead safe, self-sufficient lives. This is only achieved by forming collaborations and partnerships, which include Church World Service (CWS), Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), the Illinois Department of Human Services, Federal Governmental Agencies, community groups, local churches, and individuals. Together, these partnerships create the opportunities and pathways that connect newly-arrived refugees and immigrants to Chicago. IRIM’s services address the social, emotional, and material needs of refugees and immigrants. They include a Senior Services Initiative, Immigration and Citizenship Services, a Vocational Training Program, a Youth Program, Reception & Placement Services, a Women’s Empowerment Program, Employment & Family Adjustment Services, and English Language Training.


Invisible to Invincible: Asian & Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago
i2i: Asian & Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago is a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms Asian/ Pacific Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning or Queer in the Chicago area.