Asian American Studies

AAS Scholarship Awards


Every year, Asian American Studies faculty members honor students for their achievements and contributions to the department, campus, and community. To be considered for one of the departmental scholarships, applicants must:

1) Complete the AAS Student Awards Scholarship Application
2) Write one brief essay (500 words, see below for essay prompt)
3) Write a short bio (50-100 words)
4) Submit a 1-page resume (see below for suggested format)
5) Be available for the AAS graduation/student awards ceremony Friday, April 29, 2022

***The APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Friday, April 1 by 11:59 p.m.***

If you have any inquiries about the application, feel free to contact Professor Buenavista at

If you are a student, please apply for one of the (monetary) scholarships by completing an application here:

Donna Kawamoto Special Achievement Award:

The student who receives this award may not necessarily have a high GPA or be considered a visible leader, but the student has demonstrated resiliency and a strong ability to overcome unusual hardships and life circumstances while pursuing higher education.


Enrique de la Cruz Social Justice Award:

The student who receives this award has demonstrated a commitment to ending social oppression, an impact on Asian and/ or Pacific Islander American communities on- or off-campus, and /or involvement in social justice organizations or projects; and completed or are in the process of completing community internship hours via the AAS 495 or 497 courses.


Eunai Shrake Promising Educator Award:

This award attempts to address the lack of Asian American representation in the teaching force, and recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to and potential for a career in the education field be it in the K–12 classroom or higher education. 


Kenyon Chan Outstanding Leadership Award:

The student who receives this award is an AAS major, double major, or minor; and has demonstrated the goals and values of the department, as well as campus leadership. The student is engaged in practices that bridge the university and Asian and/ or Pacific Islander American communities, and has advanced Ethnic Studies through research and/or activism

 Laura Uba Academic Achievement Award:

The student who receives this award should be a major/double-major in AAS and has demonstrated a strong academic performance and critical understanding of AAS and/ or Ethnic Studies. Priority will be given to a student with senior standing.