The National Association of Asian American Professionals – Philadelphia (NAAAP Philadelphia) strives to cultivate and develop the leaders of tomorrow. We created this scholarship in 2010 to recognize and reward Asian American students in the Philadelphia region who have demonstrated strong leadership potential. As Asian American becomes the fastest-growing ethnic minority group in the U.S., we firmly believe that leadership, the drive and ability to generate positive social impact, will become a critical element for the betterment of our community at large.

We are proud to announce the 2018 scholarship program that benefits graduating high school seniors and current college students who are Asian/Asian American. Several high school and college students will be selected within their respective pools to receive $1,000 in scholarship money, to be used toward tuition, books, and/or living expenses.

About NAAAP Philadelphia:
A non-profit, 501(c)(3), all-volunteer, Pan-Asian American professional organization that promotes the career advancement and leadership development of Asian American professionals across a wide variety of fields and industries. As part of a national organization, NAAAP is the largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in the United States and Canada.


Scholarship application open: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Scholarship application deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Finalist interviews:  June, 2018
Winners announcement: July, 2018


1. Application, essay, resume, and unofficial transcript: submit at
2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors/counselors/advisors/managers

Please have recommender fill out form at:
NAAAP Philadelphia reserves the right to contact references for verification. Recommender must not be related to the applicant.


Criteria Leadership Potential Extracurricular Involvement Essays Recommendations GPA Honors and Awards
Criteria Weight 30% 20% 15% 15% 10% 10%


– Must be of Asian American or of Asian descent

For high school seniors:
– High school cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher
– Must currently attend a GREATER PHILADELPHIA* high school
– Note: Student does not need to plan to attend a Philadelphia college. Student only needs to be currently attending a high school in one of the counties designated above.

For college students:
– Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher.
– Must be currently attending a GREATER PHILADELPHIA* accredited college or university (undergraduate only) and not graduating in 2018.


*GREATER PHILADELPHIA includes the following counties (please contact us if you need further clarification):

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks
Southern New Jersey: Camden and Atlantic County
Delaware: New Castle County
Questions? Please contact us at