The Tang Scholarship

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

This scholarship was started in 2007 by Mr. Edward C. Tang to benefit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (g/l/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary education. Applicants must be high school graduates planning a full-time enrollment at an accredited two or four-year college, community college, university, graduate school or vocational school. Students must have a demonstrated academic promise and a financial need. This is a renewable scholarship for up to three additional years.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Graduate from a high school. Be between the age of 17 and 25 on 30 April 2016.
  • Minimum GPA:
  • Financial Need:
  • Residence:
    Legal resident (or United States citizen).
  • Citizenship:
    United States citizen (or legal resident)
  • School:
    Graduate of a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Sonoma or Solano
  • College:
    Full-time (minimum 12 units for all semesters/quarters) enrollment in an accredited two- or four-year college, community college, university, graduate school or vocational school.
  • Ethnicity:
    Self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islander (at least 25% API ancestry).
  • Extracurricular:
    Involved in the LGBT community.
  • Miscellaneous:
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Application Details

  • Transcript:
  • Resume/Activity List:
  • Essay:
    Include a typed statement of at LEAST 500 words, but no longer than 850 words for the three items below (approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced). In the statement, you should: Describe a significant challenge in your life and the lessons learned from it; Describe any extracurricular activities or honors you feel best highlight your potential as a leader in our community; Comment upon your long and short-range educational goals. Sign and date your Personal Statement.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    Provide two letters of reference. One letter from a teacher or academic advisor; One letter from a work or volunteer supervisor, a youth leader or personal acquaintance.Letter from teacher, advisor and employer must be on school or company letterhead. All letters must be signed and dated. Photocopies are acceptable. Letters may be sealed in their own envelopes.
  • Other Materials:
    A completed application form;If you applied for federal financial aid, enclose a copy of all pages of your 2016-2017 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) (updated information regarding your FAFSA application can be found online at OR If you did not apply for federal financial aid, enclose a copy of the first two pages of your parents or guardians most recent Form 1040 (or your own if you are not a dependent);Provide proof of United States citizenship (photocopy of birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers) or documentation of legal residency (photocopy of visa or green card).

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