Asian American Studies

AAS Student Awards Descriptions & Applications

March 27, 2020

The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 15th, 2020

Download the Full Guidelines, Description, & Application


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 the full guidelines for essay prompts); and
  3. Submit a 1-page resume (see the full guidelines for suggested format).

All materials must be completed and emailed as an attachment (Microsoft Word Doc or PDF) to Professor Tracy Buenavista at by April 15th, at 11:59 p.m.

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


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


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.

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.


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.

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.

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