Thursday, March 27, 2014

2014 Associate Board College Scholarship Contest

The Associate Board of Chinese American Service League (CASL-AB) is pleased to announce the 2014 CASL-AB Academic Scholarship. Please help us spread the word and encourage all who qualify to apply!

$2500 in scholarships will be awarded to winning contestants of the following essay prompt:

Compassion, leadership, drive, and originality are values that exemplify the CASL Associate Board. What are your goals in life, both educational and professional, and how does achieving these goals exemplify our values and further our community?

Designed to solicit thoughtful reflections on one’s future plans, this contest is a unique opportunity for Chicago’s Asian American youth to distinguish themselves in the area of personal growth, leadership, and community service.

Scholarships in the total amount of $2500 will be awarded to the top seven (7) essayists:
One (1) $1000 scholarship for Best Overall Essay
One (1) $1000 scholarship for Best WIA Essay (Note: limited to current youths of CASL’s WIA Program)
Five (5) $100 scholarships for contest finalists

- College-Bound High School Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors
- Of any age, applying to college within the next year
- Contestants must be past or current CASL clients, volunteers, interns, employees, or relatives with/associates of any such person.
- Submissions will NOT be judged on English grammar. (see “Evaluation” section for details)
- All eligible entries received will be judged by a qualified panel of judges chosen by the CASL Associate Board.
Winners will be notified by May 24, 2014, and will be announced online on or about May 31, 2014. Awards will be distributed in person on June 13, 2014 at the Chinese American Service League. If a winner is unable to accept the award on June 13, 2014, alternative arrangements will be made.

- 400-500 word essay
- Include name, address, email, and phone number

- All essays must be submitted on or before Sunday, April 20, 2014
- Send submissions to

Essays will be judged by the following criteria:
- Display of CASL’s values of compassion, leadership, drive, and originality
- Strength of perspective and soundness of argument

Contestants who speak English as an additional language (“ESL” or “English as Second Language”) are highly encouraged to submit an entry. CASL-AB recognizes that many of CASL’s and WIA’s constituents do not use English as their primary language. The contest aims to challenge personal reflection, and is not designed to award language proficiency.

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Introducing... 2014 Career Panel with WIA Youth

Big thank you to all the volunteers and students who joined us for our first CASL Associate Board Career Panel on March 8th.  The students really enjoyed learning more about the worlds of education, medicine, engineering, business and nonprofit!

2014 Associate Board Lunar New Year Gift Drive

A note from Winnie, CASL's Adult Day Service coordinator:
We want to thank the Associate Board for always thinking of our ADS clients. Our ADS clients loved the gifts. They said they received the warmest wishes from the young in the community. Some of them shared that their children were always busy and they may not be able to meet their children even during festivals. And they were surprised that they had the gifts from the Associate Board they were not familiar with. 
Please pass the words to your dedicated members.