The Inaugural DMV Asian American Youth Leadership Award offers a total reward of up to $10,000, with the goal of acknowledging the exceptional leadership and contributions of Asian American youth to the community.


  • Applicants must be Asian American high school students in the DMV area.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a history and commitment to civic engagement and community service.
  • The award can be used for college or vocational training.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • This award aims to recognize and support Asian American high school students who have made a positive impact on the community through civic engagement, community service, and innovative initiatives.
  • This can include serving as a student council member, organizing community events, holding leadership positions in clubs or organizations, or volunteering for the community.

Application Materials:

  • Resume, highlighting academic achievements, volunteer experiences, leadership roles, and any relevant awards or honors.
  • A Personal Statement (500 to 1000 words) or a 2-5 Minute Video, outlining your experiences including civic engagement, community service, and your future goals on making positive impacts on the community.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations can come from teachers, community leaders, or volunteer organization supervisors.

Application Process:

  • Please submit your application package to
  • If you have any questions, please contact

The Scholarship Committee, consisting of experienced higher education educators and community leaders, will objectively assess the applications to select the scholarship recipients.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

Dr. Meirong Liu | Howard University School of Social Work | Chair, Council on Social Work Education Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Dr. Ping Lu | President, Chinese Alumni Associations of Greater Washington
Dr. Xinbin Gu | Associate Dean for Research | Howard University College of Dentistry
Dr. Yanjun Liao | Economist and Fellow | Resources for the Future
Dr. Vivian Tang | Georgetown University McDonough School of Business