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OCA-WHV Student Awards

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Eligibilities

High school seniors who are of Asian descent or non-Asians who demonstrate a keen interest in Asian language and culture.

Application Deadline

TBD

OCA Opportunity-Based Awards

The OCA Opportunity-Based Award is an annual needs-based award which recognizes the achievements of outstanding Asian American student leaders from area high schools and language schools that are in financial need. This award is sponsored by the Westchester- Hudson Valley OCA.

Five monetary awards will be given to talented high school juniors and seniors of Asian descent from families with financial needs. Students from immigrant families or whose parents have never attended a four-year college are strongly encouraged to apply. The $1000 awards are:

  • The Jeannette Wang Award

  • The Avon Xiaochun Luo Award in STEM

  • The Phi Lambda Westchester Award

  • The Jean Wood Chang Award

  • The Golden Apple Awards

Criteria: 

  • Demonstrable financial need

  • Academic excellence

  • Interest in Asian culture and commitment to Asian American social concerns

Application Materials:

  • Application form completed by student

  • Current academic transcript (official or unofficial)

  • Summary of extracurricular activities including community service and cultural activities, particularly those relating to the Asian community, or work

  • One-page personal statement describing applicant's unique personal stories such as family background or history, obstacles and struggles encountered/overcome, life-changing events, special chara cter strengths, and future college and career goals

  • One letter of recommendation (to be submitted by guidance counselor or school administrator)

OCA Student Leadership Award

The Student Leadership Award is an annual merit award which recognizes the achievements of outstanding Asian American student leaders from area high schools and language schools. This award is sponsored by the Westchester-Hudson Valley chapter of OCA, the foremost organization in the nation advocating for social justice for Asians in America. Ten awards of $200 will be granted in the fall of 2024. A new $1000 award, the Robert S. Chao award, will also be awarded to a student who embodies the advocacy ideals that Bob believed in. Updated guidelines and applications for 2024 will be posted soon.

Recipients of the Student Leadership Awards will be honored at the OCA Dynamic Achievers Awards Gala on Saturday, November 16, 2024. Awardees are considered the youthful counterparts of Dynamic Achievers from the local Asian community recognized by Westchester-Hudson Valley OCA each year.

Criteria: 

  • Academic excellence

  • Interest in Asian culture and commitment to Asian American social concerns

Application Materials:

  • Application form completed by student

  • Current academic transcript (official or unofficial)

  • Summary of extracurricular activities including community service and cultural activities, particularly those relating to the Asian community, or work

  • One-page personal statement describing applicant's unique personal stories such as family background or history, obstacles and struggles encountered/overcome, life-changing events, special chara cter strengths, and future college and career goals

  • One letter of recommendation (to be submitted by guidance counselor or school administrator)

Youth Awardees

2023

The Jeannette Wang Awardee: Guanxin Acey Li

The Avon / Xiaochun Luo Awardee: Jenny Sun

The Jean Wood Chang Awardee: Shannon Paldino

The Phi Lambda Westchester Awardee: Joshua Lee

The Kho Family Golden Apple Awardees: Hana Yamazaki

The Koo Family Community Engagement Awardees: Heidi Li

The Robert Chao Awardees: Joyce Huang, Andrew Son

The OCA-WHV Asian Student Endowed Scholarship Awardees at Westchester Community College: Michael Go, Samantha Valero

The Student Leadership Awardees Sponsored by The Hosang Family Foundation: Aadi Balachandran, Maya Batheda, Jayden Cao, Sydney Chin, Ashley Dang, David Duan, Ronald Feng, Arya Goyal, Erin Song, Alexandra Wong

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