NAAAP Boston 

Future Leader Scholarship


The National Association of Asian American Professionals - Boston Chapter (NAAAP Boston) is pleased to present our 2021 Future Leader Award Scholarship to recognize outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership qualities inside and outside of the classroom. This scholarship is a product of the combined efforts of NAAAP Boston and the generosity of corporate sponsors, community leaders, and individual donors.

NAAAP PRIDE Scholarship 2021

We are extremely excited to announce that the NAAAP Boston PRIDE Scholarship is also now live!


This scholarship is in partnership with NAAAP Pride, with the goal of empowering Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ+ youth to continue pursuing their dreams as future leaders. 

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Applying for the Scholarships

Selection Criteria

All applications will be reviewed by the NAAAP Boston Scholarship Committee and will be judged based on:

  • Leadership Experience

  • Community Service

  • Academic Achievement

  • Extracurricular Activities

  • Essay Responses (reflecting thoughtfulness and effort) 

  • Financial Need

  • Be a citizen, national, legal permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen (e.g., DACAmented) of the United States

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census

  • Be a current senior high school student in Massachusetts and will enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a four-year U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2021



You must meet the following in order to apply

Award Application


and Rules

  1. Scholarship application form (use one of the application links below, depending on whether you prefer to use a Google account)

  2. Two 250-500 word essay responses

  3. Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives who are familiar with the applicant's work
    (Letters must be sent via email or mail directly from a school, employer, charitable foundation, government organization/agency, etc.)

  4. Unofficial copy of a SAT or ACT report (If you were unable to take given current circumstances ACT or ACT scores will be optional and will not affect your application)

  5. Unofficial copy of a FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)

  6. Unofficial High School Transcript

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the following application items: 

1. What is the eligibility criteria for the PRIDE scholarship? 

In addition to the eligibility criteria for the general scholarship, we require that you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. 

2. Is the application for this scholarship different from the general scholarship?

We require the same application materials as the general scholarship, but we ask that you address either or both your LGBTQ+ experience/identity and your involvement in the LGBTQ+ community.

3. Can I apply for this scholarship in addition to the general scholarship? 

No, you cannot. Your application will go through the same process as the general scholarship. However, if you are not selected as a recipient of the PRIDE scholarship, you will still be considered for the general scholarship.

4. Who is an ideal candidate for this scholarship?

An ideal candidate would demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Leadership: Shows empowerment of the self and of others/their community

  • Diligence: Shows motivation/persistence to overcome challenges/struggles, esp. as related to their LGBTQ+ identity

  • Reflection: Shows a nuanced understanding of the intersectional nature of their Asian-American and LGBTQ+ identity

  • Values: Shows an alignment with NAAAP Pride’s values for social equity and inclusivity, visibility, engagement, and empowerment 


Scholarship FAQ

More information about the PRIDE Scholarship



General Questions

**Given the current COVID-19 pandemic if you were unable to take the ACT or SAT we still encourage you to apply. We will be making the ACT and SAT scores optional and will not affect your application**


1. I am a student from another country. Can I apply?

   You must be a citizen, national, legal permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen of the United States to apply. 

2. I am a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and am not eligible for financial aid. Can I still apply?    

    Yes, you can still apply. Please submit your parents’ current income tax documents along with your application.

3. I am not full Asian. Can I apply?

    Yes, as long as you also meet all other criteria.

4. Is there a minimum GPA or SAT/ACT score requirement to apply for the scholarship?

    No, there is no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT score requirement to apply for the scholarship.

5. How do I know that my application was received?

    You will receive an email notification once we check all applications shortly after the deadline.

6. What is the deadline? Do you accept late applications?

    All scholarship application materials must be received by February 28th, 2021. We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

7. How much is your scholarship award? 

    The precise number and amount of awards each year depend on our applicant pool and            funding. Historically, we have provided scholarship awards of $2,500 and $5,000 to student winners.

Apply Now.

The deadline to apply for the Future Leader Scholarship and the PRIDE Scholarship is February 28th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. 


Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Finalists will be notified around March for in-person interviews. Scholarship recipients are invited to attend the scholarship award ceremony in June 2020.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Please also refer to the FAQs below for more information. 

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