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CASL STEM Scholarship

CASL STEM Scholarship Fund

What is STEM? Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Donate to play a vital role in supporting female students engaged in these fields!

The CASL STEM Scholarship was initiated by Ann and Tony Yeung thanks to their shared passion for education and STEM subjects. Ann and Tony discovered their enthusiasm for STEM at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following graduation, both went on to successful careers in STEM-related fields.

As native southside Chicagoans from the Chinatown/Bridgeport neighborhood, the Yeungs wanted to give back to the community they came from. They hope this scholarship will help new generations of young Chinese women from the southside of Chicago in achieving their educational pursuits studying STEM.

As CASL implements the steps of awarding this brand new scholarship, it also looks to the future, hoping others in the community will consider donating to the CASL STEM Scholarship Fund.


Kaixi Ren and Kelly Lin are the 2023 recipients of the CASL STEM scholarship! 

Kaixi Ren

Kelly Lin

Spring 2024

Applications are now closed for 2024. Check back Spring 2025 for the next competition!

CASL STEM Scholarship

The CASL STEM Scholarship will provide up to $5,000 per year toward the cost of attending a college or university for Chinese American female students enrolled in STEM majors. Recipients must remain enrolled in an eligible program and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to receive award payments. Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books and transportation, and may include personal costs.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply a student must:

  • Be a female high school senior or college student of Chinese descent
  • Reside in Chicago’s Chinatown, Bridgeport, Brighton Park, McKinley Park or Armour Square neighborhoods
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater out of 4.0
  • Plan to enroll, or be currently enrolled, full-time in a four-year degree program at a U.S. accredited, not-for- profit, private or public college/university
  • Elect a STEM major
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate financial need (annual household income no more than $70,000)
Application Requirements

Candidates must write a personal essay (300 word minimum) on one of the topics listed below (Note: the essay can be written in Chinese).

  • Discuss some issue of personal, local, national or international concern and its importance to you.
  • Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you. Describe that person and describe that influence.
  • Describe the neighborhood that you grew up in and how it helped shape you into the kind of person you are today.
  • Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or creative work (music, politics, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you and explain that influence.
  • Provide information that you feel will give a more complete and accurate picture of yourself (i.e. background, personal philosophy, traits, goals, etc.) Describe the influence of these factors.

Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s achievement and potential in terms of:

  • Leadership, character, and service
  • Academic excellence
Scholarship Recipient Responsibilities
  • Participate in CASL Annual Gala or lunch to be recognized at the event.
  • Be featured on the CASL website and other CASL communications.
  • Participate in speaking engagement on the topic of her college experience with CASL youth program.
  • Provide documentation showing enrollment in college/university with STEM major and proof of GPA.