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Asian Pacific Fund: 17 Scholarship programs to help undergraduates and graduate students

Posted by FAN Admin in Connections, Events, Home on 01 12th, 2011

Information for Student Applicants

The Asian Pacific Fund offers 17 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals.

To learn if you are eligible for any of our scholarship programs, register with the followng scholarship engines. We list ALL of our scholarships with the following:

These sites will ask you to register and complete a personal profile. Once you have registered, the site will direct you to all scholarships for which you are eligible, including those administered by the Asian Pacific Fund.

Notice: The Asian Pacific Fund does not have any legal or business relationship with these search engines. It is our understanding that their service is provided free of cost to students. To apply for one or more of the scholarship programs operated by the Asian Pacific Fund, fill out the online application. Be sure to read the directions on the first page of the application carefully. The directions include information about supporting documents you will need to provide as part of the application.The 2011-12 scholarship application will be available December 2010.Notice:You can only apply for scholarships through the online application. We will not accept applications sent by mail or hand-delivered.

DEADLINES:

  • Banatao SAT Prep and College Admissions Counseling Scholarship: February 21, 2011
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships: March 17, 2011
  • Yale Asian Community Service Fellowship: March 31, 2011

Please click for detailed information on each scholarship.

Banatao SAT Prep and College Admissions Counseling Scholarship (High School Juniors Only)

Background:

  • Number of awards: up to 24
  • Award worth: $1,500
  • Award includes:
    • 40-hour Princeton Review or Kaplan SAT preparatory course, OR
    • private college admissions counseling sessions OR
    • both
  • Benefactors: The Family of Dado and Maria Banatao

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: current high school junior (class of 2012)
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Interest and/or skills: engineering, math or science
  • Ethnic heritage: Filipino heritage (at least 50%)
  • Financial need
  • Residency: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma counties

Apply here.

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund College Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 5
  • Amount: $5,000 (annual award)
  • Renewable? Yes
  • Total award: $20,000
  • Benefactors: The Family of Dado and Maria Banatao

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four year-college or university in 2011-12
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Career: engineering, physical or biological sciences (excluding healthcare professions, such as nurse, physician, etc.)
  • Ethnic heritage: Filipino heritage (at least 50%)
  • Financial need
  • Residency: Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma or Stanislaus.  Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange or San Diego.

Apply here

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Cagampan: Rachelle Cagampan Nursing Scholarship Application

Background:

  • Number of awards: 8
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Renewable? No
  • Benefactor: Rachelle Cagampan, Bay Area College of Nursing

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Full-time enrollment as a senior (last year of nursing program) at an accredited four year college or university in 2011-2012
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Major: Nursing
  • Career: Nursing and healthcare fields
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian heritage (at least 50%)
  • Financial need
  • Residency: San Francisco Bay Area

Apply here.

Chin: Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: up to 2
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Renewable? No, however past recipients may apply
  • Established in honor of Shui Kuen and Allen Chin

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2011-12
  • Self or parent currently or formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant,
  • Community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, gay and lesbian and other progressive causes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Financial need
  • Status: U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Note: past scholarship recipients are eligible to apply

Apply here

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Chu: Jack and Jeanette Chu Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 2
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Renewable? Yes
  • Total award: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Grade level: Incoming junior or junior transfer at UC Berkeley in 2011-2012
  • Major: Business Administration at Haas School of Business
  • Career: Business
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian heritage (at least 50%), preference given to student of Chinese heritage
  • Financial need
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Preference given to students who have lived in Central America
  • Preference given to students with record of community service

Apply here.

Equilar Scholarship

Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Renewable? No
  • Established in honor of Liang-Lin Hsiao who was a professor of economics at Indiana State University

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Graduate student attending US based college or university in 2011-2012
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Degree: Economics
  • Career: preference given to students pursuing a career in academia
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian heritage (at least 50%), preference to students of Chinese descent
  • Residency: U.S. citizenship, resident or foreign national

Apply here.

Human Capital Scholarship Application

Background:

  • Number of awards: 2
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Renewable? No

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Incoming freshman enrolled full-time in 2011-12
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • First generation in the family to attend college
  • Attending any University of California campus
  • Major: preference given to liberal arts
  • Financial need
  • Ethnic heritage: African American, Asian American, Latino American or other heritage from an underrepresented group

Apply here

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Lapiz Family Scholarship Application

Background:

  • Number of awards: 2
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Renewals possible
  • Established in honor of Apolonio and Arcadia Lapiz, who were farm workers

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2011-12
  • University: University of California (any campus, preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Farm worker or child of farm or migrant worker
  • Financial need
  • Any ethnic or racial background
  • Residency: US citizenship or permanent residency

Apply here.

Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 3
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Renewable? Yes, for one year

Eligibility:

  • Ethnic heritage: Filipino (at least 25%)
  • Grade level: Incoming freshman at an accredited four-year college or university in 2011-12
  • College/university: located in California
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • Financial need
  • Status: U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Residency: San Francisco Bay Area, including Sacramento and Monterey counties

Apply here.

Poon: Lauren C. Poon, MD Scholarship Application

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Renewable? No
  • Established in memory of Dr. Lauren C. Poon, physician, who grew up in the Castro Valley community.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: incoming freshman enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university in 2011-2012
  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Career: medicine or public health
  • High School Graduate: Castro Valley High, Redwood Alternative High, any high school in Alameda, Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro or San Lorenzo, CA
  • Community service
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian heritage (at least 50%)
  • Financial need

Apply here

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Sang Chul Lee and Donald O. Cameron Memorial Scholarship

  • Applications not accepted in 2011.

Seguritan: Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1
  • Amount: $5,000 (annual award)
  • Renewable? Yes
  • Total award: $20,000
  • Benefactors: Frederick and Demi Seguritan

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four year-college or university in 2011-12
  • Interest: passion for business (not required to be business major)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Financial need
  • Residency: San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda or Santa Clara county in California
  • Community service
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian

Apply here.

Wong: Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1-3
  • Amount: $1,000-3,000
  • Renewable: Yes, for up to four years  $500 – $1,000
  • Total each award: $2,500 – 6,000
  • To honor Helen and L.S. Wong, residents of the Fairfield-Suisun community

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four year-college/university or a community college in 2011-12
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Graduate of high school in the Fairfield-Suisun communities
  • incoming community college students should have a strong commitment to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Financial need
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian heritage (at least 50%)
  • Status: US citizenship or permanent residency

Apply here.

Yuchengco: Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1-3
  • Amount: $1,000-3,000
  • Renewable? No
  • Established in honor of Maria Elena Yuchengco, who graduated summa cum laude from University of San Francisco and was instrumental in the founding of Filipinas Magazine.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at an accredited four-year college or university in 2011-12
  • Major or Career: journalism
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Ethnic heritage: Filipino (at least 50%)
  • Financial need
  • Status: U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Residency: San Francisco Bay Area

Apply here

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Yale Asian Community Service Fellowship

General Information:

  • Two $2,500 fellowship grants are available for Yale students who will intern for 10 weeks[1] at a non-profit organization that serves Asians (in the U.S. or Canada). The host organization must be tax-exempt and have at least one paid full-time employee.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Yale undergraduate or recent graduate
  • Asian ethnic heritage (at least 50%)
  • Financial need

Apply here.



NYT: The Cheat: The Adobo Experiment

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home, News on 01 7th, 2011

The Cheat: The Adobo Experiment

Photograph by Zachary Zavislak

There are as many recipes for adobo as there are Philippine islands.

By SAM SIFTON
Published: January 5, 2011

There are more than 7,100 islands in the Philippines, a nation slightly larger than the state of Arizona, and if you could devote your life to traveling through them asking questions about food, you would discover a different recipe for adobo on each one.

How Do You Make Adobo?

Share your thoughts on the Diner’s Journal blog.

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Food Stylist: Brian Preston-Campbell; Prop Stylist: Sarah Cave.

It is the national dish, many Filipinos say: protein braised in vinegar until pungent and rich, sweet and sour and salty at once, sometimes crisped at the edges in high heat, always served with the remaining sauce. Its excellence derives from the balance of its flavors, in the alchemy of the process. Cooking softens the acidity of the vinegar, which then combines with the flavor of the meat to enhance it. Whether consumed in Manila’s heat or on the edge of a New York winter, adobo holds the power to change moods and alter dining habits.

It is a difficult dish to cook just once. For the adobo neophyte, there are always adjustments to be made to increase a diner’s pleasure in one direction or another — a touch more salt or sour, sweet or fire.

Until there is not. Then the recipe — your recipe — becomes set in stone.

As a result, there is great fun to be had in asking Filipinos how to make adobo, particularly when they are in groups. Filipino cooking is an evolutionary masterpiece, a cuisine that includes Chinese, Spanish, American and indigenous island influences, all rolled into one. But where for one Filipino the most important aspect of the dish is Spanish, for another it is Chinese, or both, or neither. (The journalist and food historian Raymond Sokolov has made the point that the ingredients for adobo were present in the Philippines before Magellan — only the name, which comes from a Spanish word for sauce, came later. “Lexical imperialism,” he called this process.)

Husbands argue with wives about adobo. Friends shoot each other dirty looks about the necessity of including coconut milk or soy sauce in the recipe. There are disputations over the kind of vinegar to use, over the use of sugar, over the inclusion of garlic and how much of it. Some use chicken exclusively in the dish, others pork, some a combination of the two.

Some serve the dish as a stew. There are those who call for broiling the meat at the end, to caramelize it and provide a crisp texture alongside the sauce. Others advocate pan-frying. Some demand deep-frying. Or grilling.

“No two people in the same house will cook adobo the same way,” said Amy Besa, who runs, with her husband, Romy Dorotan, the excellent ­Purple Yam restaurant in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. At Purple Yam, she said, Dorotan makes chicken adobo with a sauce that combines vinegar and coconut milk with soy sauce, garlic and fiery little Thai chilies.

Left to her own devices, Besa added, she and other purists would not use the soy sauce. In Manila, she said, you would find people turning up their noses at the coconut milk. “You can make adobos in many, many ways,” she said. “But the dish must be based in vinegar. You cannot make adobo without it.”

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Filipino journalist who writes about technology and digital culture for The Huffington Post, said his adobo recipe combines chicken and pork, which he marinates overnight in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. “Sometimes I even add brown sugar,” he said, “depending on who I’m cooking it for.”

(Not Besa: “I rail against sugar,” she said. “If it becomes too dominant, then the dish becomes a Chinese sweet and sour.”)

This week’s recipe is derived from the adobo served at Purple Yam. It is a dish Dorotan developed at Cendrillon, a restaurant he and Besa owned and ran together in SoHo until 2009. (A version of it appeared in their 2006 cookbook, “Memories of Philippine Kitchens.”) There is soy sauce in it, and the coconut milk that is common to the southern part of Luzon, the island from which Dorotan hails.

As the mixture cooks, the rice vinegar turns mellow, and the sauce thickens in the heat. There are notes of garlic and bay, of chicken fat and chili fire, coconut sweetness and the nutty saltiness of soy. The combination is ridiculous: a dark and creamy flavor that covers the chicken in silk.

Care should be taken in the assembly of the ingredients. If you can manage to secure Filipino coconut sap vinegar, that would be best, though good-quality rice vinegar from the supermarket will yield excellent results as well, and white wine or even cider vinegar will do in a pinch. (Coconut sap vinegar is available in specialty markets and, as always, online.) A fresh bottle of soy sauce on the lighter end of the taste spectrum would also not be in error, rather than something from that dusty bottle in the back of the larder.

Combine these with your chicken thighs (best-quality again, please), a ton of garlic and chilies, bay leaves and pepper. Allow the marinade to do its work. Then place the mixture in a heavy pot, bring to a simmer, and cook for around a half-hour, until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken and allow the sauce to reduce. (Really, that’s it.)

At Purple Yam, Dorotan finishes the process by tossing the chicken into a deep-fryer, to crisp and to caramelize it at once. Then he returns the pieces to a reduced version of the sauce and serves the dish in a small clay pot, where it bubbles and steams enticingly. For the home cook, however, some time under the broiler will achieve much the same effect.

Serve with white rice and some steamed or sautéed greens.

Now taste what you have. Next time you may wish to increase the amount of vinegar or soy sauce in the marinade, or reduce it a little or a lot. You may wish to add more chilies or even Vargas’s crazy brown sugar. You may wish to have less coconut milk, or none at all. You may wish to have more.

This is adobo. Every man an island.

A version of this article appeared in print on January 9, 2011, on page MM22 of the Sunday Magazine.