2020 Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Program


$20,000 in Scholarship Awards Available

Twenty $1,000 Scholarships Available for High School Seniors
Planning to Attend College as a Full-Time, Degree-Seeking Student in the Fall of 2020
Cathay Bank Foundation is committed to supporting youth residing in its business service territories to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a higher education.

Application Deadline:
11:59 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2020


  • High school seniors who reside in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington.

  • Plan to attend a U.S. Accredited 4-Year College/University or Community College in the state of California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, or Washington as a 1st year student in the Fall of 2019 (if selected, must provide college acceptance letter for verification)

  • A minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0

  • A household income at or below the Low Income Level (if selected, must provide 2018 or 2019 tax return for verification)

  • Open to ALL MAJORS and there is no ethnicity requirement

  • Employees of Cathay Bank and their immediate family members are NOT eligible


  • Application Form

  • Recommender Form from a Community Service Advisor

  • Official High School Transcript


Announcement Flier

Sample Application

Low Income Level Chart

Sample Recommender Form


Online Application

Online Recommender Form

The scholarship awards will only be used to cover the cost of tuition for attending a college/university, as defined by the institution attended.

All materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm PST, Wednesday, March 25 2020. Anything received (whether mailed, emailed, or faxed) past that date and time will not be considered, regardless of the postmark. Application and recommender forms MUST be submitted online – Hard copies will NOT be accepted.

Questions or inquiries?

Contact by phone: (213) 624-6400 ext. 6 or by email: scholarships@apcf.org.

Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Awardees
Click the links below to see the scholarship recipients from years prior:


Angelina Quint; Hawthorne, CA – University of California, Los Angeles

Bintou Sylla; New York, NY – Manhattan College

Chelsea Gyimah; New York, NY – Mount Holyoke College

Edward Tran; San Gabriel, CA – Stanford University

Emily Jussaume; Tyngsborough, MA – University of New England

Emily Polanco; New York, NY – Bentley University

Gail Mensah; Sayreville, NJ – Northeastern University

Guetzemany Guardado; Chicago, IL – Saint Mary’s College

Hyo Jin (Eileen) Jeon; Frederick, MD – University of Maryland, College Park

Jeanette Chen; Spring Valley, CA – Stanford University

Kelly Huang; San Francisco, CA – University of California, Berkeley

Kristin Hong; Renton, WA – University of Washington, Seattle

Myunghoon Kim; Cherry Hill, NJ – Vanderbilt University

Natalie Grimes; Dallas, TX – University of Texas, Dallas

Nhi Tran; Houston, TX – Brandeis University

Pawee Akkharachotmongkhol; Burbank, CA – University of California, San Diego

Rossi Keith Osorio; Las Vegas, NV – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Samad Acklin; Compton, CA – Northwestern University

Tyler Roach; Los Angeles, CA – University of California, Los Angeles

Vienna Hoang; Sacramento, CA – San Francisco State University