Scholarship Fund Benefits Chinese-American Students
The newly established Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (SoCAPS) scholarship fund recognizes and rewards UC students for their contributions to the community.
"We want the younger generation to love this country and value it as much as we do,” says Jeff Guo, PhD, a professor in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy who helped establish the scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to Chinese-American students active in community service.
"The service can be anything from volunteering in a nursing home or at an election,” Guo says, pointing to the purpose of recognizing the volunteer efforts students make toward the greater good.
According to Guo, there are more than 100 Chinese-American faculty members at UC and more than 200 additional Chinese-American research associates, lab assistants, postdocs and administrative staff.
The national Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (SoCAPS) was established in 2003 by professors and scientists in the Midwest. The SoCAPS Cincinnati chapter was established in 2005.
Guo has served as president of the Cincinnati chapter since 2010. Past presidents include Xinhao Wang, PhD, interim director and professor, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning; and Lin Liu, PhD, vice dean for international affairs, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
Guo says the first scholarship of $1,000 is expected to be awarded in March 2012, with more awards as the fund grows. Once the fund reaches $30,000, the scholarship preference will extend to Asian-American students.
"We have no clear timeline, but we certainly want it to grow bigger and need the support of business and personal contributions,” he says.
Wang is one of two co-chairs for the UC SoCAPS scholarship program; the other is Mei Tang, PhD, director of the psychology graduate program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.