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Future Leaders Scholarship

The National Association of Asian American Professionals - Boston Chapter (NAAAP Boston) is pleased to present our annual 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.


Founded out of a grassroots fundraising campaign by community members in 1987, the NAAAP Boston Future Leaders Scholarship Awards are offered every year to high school seniors enrolling in college or university. Winners have a demonstrated track record of academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership potential. By providing students additional financial need in their academic careers, NAAAP Boston hopes to further our mission of inspiring, promoting, and building leaders within the Asian American community. To date, over  $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over 100 high school seniors. 

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Each year, we offer scholarships to deserving students that have showcased strong leadership potential, academic excellence, and a commitment to supporting our AAPI communities. Through the support of our generous sponsors, the Richard and Chou Lee foundation, and the Francis Chin family, we proudly offer at least 5 scholarships each year. Additionally, we are presenting a new scholarship titled the "Future Pride Leader Scholarship" specifically for students in the LGBTQ+ community.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be a current senior high school student studying in the state of Massachusetts and will be enrolling in a four-year U.S. accredited college or university.

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

  3. Currently resides in the state of Massachusetts as a citizen, national, legal, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen (e.g. DACAmented) of the United States.

  4. Must submit a formal Scholarship Application with a high school transcript, thoughtful essay responses, and letters of recommendation.

  5. If selected for an interview, must be able to call in virtually via Zoom.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrates Financial Needs

  2. Displays Academic Excellence

  3. Showcases a commitment to supporting the AAPI community through Community Service

  4. Demonstrates early signs of Leadership Potential 

  5. Thoughtful and reflective Essay Responses 

  6. Strong letters of recommendations

Application Procedure

The student must submit a Scholarship application form (the 2022 application link is listed below) with the following material attached to be fully considered. 

  1. Two 250-500 word essay responses

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

  3. Unofficial copy of a FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) as a .pdf file

  4. Unofficial High School Transcript

  5. Note: we will no longer be asking for an unofficial SAT or ACT report



  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.

  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 


The deadline to apply for the Future Leader Scholarship and the PRIDE Scholarship is March 5th, 2022 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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