Asian American Studies

AAS Student Award Guidelines & Descriptions

March 10, 2019

See the application and full descriptions (.pdf)

GUIDELINES

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 awards, applicants must:

1) Complete the AAS Student Awards Application Form;

2) Write three brief essays (see page 2 for essay prompts); and

3) Submit a 1-page Resume (see page 3 for suggested format).

Note that to receive one of the AAS awards, you are also required to attend the annual AAS/ EOP Student Awards & Distinguished Speaker event scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

All materials must be completed and emailed as an attachment (Microsoft Word Doc or PDF) to Professor Tracy Buenavista at tracy.buenavista@csun.edu by Monday, March 18, at 11:59 p.m.

Please include in the email subject line: “AAS Awards Application – [First & Last Name].”

 

AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

The honors (non-monetary awards) and scholarships (monetary awards) are described below:

 

HONORS

Promising Freshman/ Sophomore/ Transfer Award* - This award recognizes freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students who have taken (or are taking) a minimum of two AAS courses (or one ethnic studies/one AAS course), and have demonstrated promise in context of academics and/ or community involvement. *Students interested in this award do not have to complete an application, but simply have to express interest in being nominated to faculty members with whom you have taken courses.

Promising Future Teacher Award - This award recognizes students who would excel in a career in education (K-12 and/or in higher education) and have demonstrated experience as an educator (e.g. peer mentor, tutor, teaching assistant, group leader for AAS courses, and/ or educational researcher).

Community Builder Award - This award recognizes students who play a crucial role in building the Asian and/ or Pacific Islander American community on- and/ or off-campus.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

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.

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