Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions


G1. How many scholarships are available this year and what is the amount of each scholarship?
For the 2018 InspirASIAN Scholarship Program, we will award 22 or more national scholarships worth $2000 each. One national scholarship will be reserved for children or dependents of InspirASIAN members. Applicants who are not awarded a national scholarship will be automatically considered for state scholarships where available.

  • InspirASIAN National Scholarships ($2000)
  • Students residing in the following states will be eligible for the InspirASIAN State Scholarships:
    • California ($1000 scholarships)
    • Georgia ($2000 scholarships)
    • Hawaii ($1000 scholarships)
    • Midwest States (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) ($1000 scholarships)
    • Missouri ($1000 scholarships)
    • Mountain States (AZ, CO) ($1000 scholarships)
    • Nevada ($1000 scholarships)
    • New Jersey ($1000 scholarships)
    • Texas ($1000 scholarships)
    • Washington State ($1000 scholarships)

G2. Do I need to apply separately for the state scholarship?
Applicants do not need to submit a separate application for state scholarship. An applicant who is not awarded a national scholarship and is from one of the states providing a state scholarship mentioned in section G1 above will be automatically considered for the state scholarship.

G3. Can I receive a national as well as state scholarship?
If a student is awarded the national scholarship, they will not be considered for a state scholarship.

G4. How and when will scholarship recipients be announced?
The InspirASIAN Scholarship Committee will notify the scholarship recipients (via phone call and letter) and their schools (via email) before the end of this year. Scholarship recipients will also be published on the InspirASIAN scholarship website.

G5. How can I find out the status of my application?
Upon successful submission, each applicant will receive email confirmation of the receipt of the application. InspirASIAN scholarship committee will notify all applicants of the result after all scholarship recipients are selected.

G6. How do I contact InspirASIAN Scholarship Program?
You can email scholarship@inspirasian.us for any questions during the process.

Eligibility Requirements


E1. Who is eligible to apply for InspirASIAN Scholarship? InspirASIAN Scholarship is open to anyone who meets ALL of the following eligibility requirements:

  • All full-time graduating high school seniors in good academic standing (minimum unweighted GPA 3.40 on 4-point scale), of any ethnic or cultural background, who plans to attend an accredited college or university (2-year and 4-year) in Fall 2018.
  • Applicants who are United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Applicants who are residents of one of the following states or metropolitan area where we currently have InspirASIAN chapters: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia).

E2. Is this scholarship open to high school seniors in any state of the U.S?
High school seniors from any of the states where we have a local InspirASIAN chapter can apply. Applicant will need to be residents of one of the following states or metropolitan area where we currently have InspirASIAN chapters (see the list in E1).

E3. I live in Portland, OR. Am I eligible to apply for InspirASIAN scholarship?
The scholarship is not available for residents of state of Oregon since we do not have an InspirASIAN chapter in the state.

E4. I do not live in the Washington DC area but I live in VA. Are residents of Virginia eligible to apply for this scholarship?
Yes, residents of Virginia are eligible since Virginia is considered part of the D.C. Metropolitan Area as represented by our Metro DC chapter.

E5. Is the scholarship available only to Asian Pacific Islanders?
Ethnicity is not among the eligibility requirements. InspirASIAN Scholarship is open to all qualifying students meeting the eligibility requirements.

E6. Do I need to be a child or legal dependent of an InspirASIAN member to be eligible?
No. Eligibility is not limited to children or legal dependents of InspirASIAN members. InspirASIAN Scholarship is open to all qualifying students meeting the eligibility requirements.

E7. Do I need to be a child or legal dependent of an AT&T employee to be eligible?
No. Eligibility is not limited to children or legal dependents of AT&T Employees. InspirASIAN scholarship is open to all qualifying students meeting the eligibility requirements.

E8. I am currently a freshman in college. Can I apply for the InspirASIAN scholarship or is it only offered to graduating high school seniors? 
The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors only.

E9. Am I eligible to apply if I take a break from attending college or take a gap year after graduating from high school?  
No. You must be a graduating high school senior who plans to attend college or University in Fall 2018 to be eligible for this scholarship.

E10. I understand that students must attend high school full-time in order to be eligible. I participate in a program (which I believe is unique to Washington state) called Running Start, so that I am taking some of my classes at a local college, and some at my current high school. Am I still eligible to apply for the scholarship?
If you are a high school senior enrolled in Running Start, you are eligible to apply as long as your transcript verifies that you received both High School and College credit for these courses.

Application Materials


A1. Where can I get a copy of the application package?
InspirASIAN scholarship application package is available for download at https://inspirasian.us/scholarships.

A2. How do I submit my application, now that I have downloaded the package?
The scholarship application must be completed and submitted online by 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 31, 2018 using the instructions provided at https://inspirasian.us/scholarships.
For successful completion and processing of your application please follow the instructions below:

  • Complete the scholarship application. The application must be saved as a Microsoft Word or PDF document using the following file name format FirstName_LastName_Application.
  • Obtain one letter of recommendation. The recommendation letter must be saved in the following file name format FirstName_LastName_Recommendation and submitted, in a Microsoft Word, PDF or JPEG file that is no greater than 1.0MB in size.
  • Upload all documents online at https://inspirasian.us/scholarships.
  • Note that if the recommender does not provide a recommendation letter to you directly due to confidentiality, they can send the file directly to scholarship@inspirasian.us. Detailed instructions are provided on the online form.

A3. Do I need to submit my transcript with my application?
No. Transcripts are not needed as part of the initial application. Students are required to enter their GPA & scale in the online application form from the latest transcript available and indicate whether it is unweighted or weighted. If the transcript has unweighted and weighted GPAs, both should be entered.
Students selected for the final round of review will be given instructions by the scholarship committee via email on how to submit their official transcripts.

A4. Is there a mailing address where I can mail my application to?
No. Applications are processed electronically and must be submitted via the online form.

A5. Is there a fax number where I can fax my application to?
No. Applications are processed electronically and must be submitted via the online form.

A6. My fall semester/term transcript will not be ready before the deadline. What are my options?
Fall semester grades are not required at the time of application. Student shall enter the GPA and scale from the latest available transcript. Only students who are selected for the final round of review will be asked to submit their official transcripts that should include fall semester grades.

A7. I do not know my GPA scale. Where can I get that information?
Please check with your school registrar or counselor for this information. This information is required for your application.

A8. If my transcript does not have unweighted GPA, can I provide only the weighted GPA?
The unweighted GPA is used to score your application. If you provide only your weighted GPA, it will be converted to unweighted GPA which may render your application ineligible if it falls below the minimum unweighted GPA required. You are strongly encouraged to obtain unweighted GPA from your school if it is not on your transcript.

A9. Does the preparer of the recommendation letter need to hold any special position in a community?
The preparer does not need to hold any special position in a community as long as he/she is not a relative or family member of yours.

A10. In regard to the essay for the InspirASIAN scholarship, is there a specific topic that is supposed to be addressed or is it a free-range type of essay for the applicants?
The detailed instructions for the essay can be found on page 7 of the application package. Your essay should start on page 8 (last page) of the application package as instructed.

A11. Should the essay only address one of the four questions listed under the theme “Making a Difference in My Community”, or is it required that I equally address all four questions within my essay?
Please compose an essay to address all four questions as well as anything you feel relevant to the theme provided based on your personal experience.

A12. In the Extracurricular Activities, Community Services, and Work Experience sections of the InspirASIAN scholarship application, should I list my counselor as the contact for all of them? She/He is familiar with all of my activities and can testify to their validity.
If an activity was associated with an organization outside of your school, it is better for you to provide a contact within that organization. For activities within your school, your counselor can be used as the contact if she/he is familiar with what you did.

A13. Can I include the same activity in multiple categories?
No. When listing activities, please determine which category is the most appropriate home for the activity and document it only once.

A14. For contact information for these activities, are both email addresses and telephone numbers required?
Students must provide both email addresses and telephone numbers. Email will be the primary means of contact and in the event the contact cannot be reached via email, attempt will be made to reach them via phone.

A15. I would like to make changes to the application I submitted. Can I re-submit my application?
We recommend that you carefully review the application for accuracy before it is submitted. If you have questions or revisions to the submitted application, please reply to the confirmation email that you received upon submission of the application for further assistance. Do not create a new duplicate application as this may adversely affect your application.

A16. What should I do when my recommender wants to submit the letter for me confidentially?
If the recommender does not provide a recommendation letter to you directly due to confidentiality reasons, they can send the file directly to scholarship@inspirasian.us. Detailed instructions are provided on the online submission form.