Diana Ming Chan Scholarship Fund

Applications for Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship 2013-2014 are now closed. Please check back in 2014 for scholarship annoucements! 
The Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council (APISWC) of the California Chapter of NASW is proud to announce it is now accepting applications for the 2013 Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship.

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded at the NASW-CA annual conference in October.

Eligibilty to apply: 
- Must be an undergraduate or graduate social work student enrolling in his/her final year starting in Fall 2013
- Be bilingual in an Asian language
- Be enrolled at one of the following universities: San Jose State, CSU East Bay, San Francisco State, or UC Berkeley
- Applicants do not have to be a member of the APISWC

Application Packet Must Include: 

1. Cover letter with name, email, address, and phone number
2. One letter of recommendation
3. Copy of most recent official transcript
4. Limit of 500 words responding to: How would you advance social work in the Asian and Pacific Islander Community?
5. Limit of 500 words responding to: How do you plan to or have you used your bilingual skills to help others?

All applications must be postmarked by Monday, June 3, 2013 and mailed to:

Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Counci
706 Sacramento Street, PMB 146 
San Francisco, CA 94108


Winners will be notified no later than 

July 31, 2013

Questions can be emailed to apicouncilnorth@gmail.com

APISWC awarded its first four recepients of the Diana Ming Chan Scholarship on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the NASW Awards Luncheon in the Marriott Hotel, Burlingame, CA              

Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship Awards Presented at NASW State Conference

By Nancy Lim-Yee, LCSW


 The first annual Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship Awards were presented at an Awards Luncheon during the NASW State Conference on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Diana Ming Chan, a licensed clinical social worker, was the very first Chinese bilingual social worker in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  She was a social work pioneer and inspirational community leader.  Throughout her distinguished 46-year career, Diana was an innovator and risk taker who repeatedly made contributions of long lasting impact in various communities.

After Diana passed away in August 2008, the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council, in collaboration with the NASW California Chapter and the NASW Foundation, established a scholarship fund, to honor Diana’s memory and to support her legacy. 

Applicants for the scholarship were asked to submit their applications by answering two questions: 1) How would you advance social work in the Asian Pacific Islander Community; and 2) How do you plan to or have you used your bilingual skills to help others?  We received a number of applications from each of the four Bay Area universities (SF State U, San Jose State U, UC Berkeley, and Cal State East Bay) and after our Selection Committee reviewed all of the applications, we selected four recipients who each received a $1,000 scholarship award.


The four scholarship recipients include Sandy Ngo, an undergraduate social welfare student from UC Berkeley; Deborah Son, a second-year MSW student at Cal State East Bay; David Wu, a second-year MSW student at UC Berkeley; and Kelvin Xu, a second-year MSW student at Cal State East Bay.  The API Social Work Council extends its congratulations to these four future social workers.


The Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council hopes to continue to present the Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Scholarship to other social work students for many more years to come.  This is just the beginning.  If you would like to support Diana’s vision and passion for the social work profession, the Council invites you to make a tax-deductible donation to the Diana Ming Chan Scholarship Fund.  There is information about how to make a donation at the NASW Foundation website as well as here on our API Social Work Council website.

Dear API social work colleagues, students and friends,
Over 340 people were present at the poignant Celebration of  Diana Ming Chan's Life at the Presidio Officers' Club in San Francisco this past Sunday, October 26, 2008.  Twenty-six APISWC members, including Janlee Wong, Executive Director of the California Chapter NASW, participated in the sharing of  memories of how Diana profoundly touched our lives----- as an API social work pioneer, an indomitable activist, a mentor and a dear friend.  Doreen Der-McLeod (Executive Director, Donaldina Cameron House), Nancy Lim-Yee (Founding Member, APISWC), and Bob Arnold (Director, NASW Foundation) were among the 9 designated speakers requested by the Chan Family to share their perspectives.  In addition, on Saturday, October 25th, APISWC member, Sharon Kwan, also acknowledged Diana's vision and legacy in a superb 15-minute "In Memoriam" presentation at the CASSWC (California Association of School Social Workers) Annual Conference. Sharon is part of the inspirational new wave of young API social workers who was nurtured by Diana at Council and Steering Committee meetings.
For those of you who were not able to attend either of these events and would like to support Diana's legacy, the Steering Committee requests that you consider a tax deductible donation to the Diana Ming Chan Scholarship Fund.  The APISWC Steering Committee has been working with the NASW Foundation's Director, Bob Arnold, and Janlee Wong, NASW California Chapter, to establish this scholarship in honor of Diana for bilingual MSW students. We hope to raise sufficient funds ($25,000) nationwide to create a sustaining scholarship fund.  The APISWC will be involved with the Clarence Chan family and NASW-CA in the selection process of the candidates; the honoree(s) will be announced at the NASW-CA Annual Meeting in the Spring. 

Please make your check out to "NASW Foundation--The Diana Ming Chan Scholarship Fund,"  and mail it to
                NASW Foundation
                750 First St., NE, Suite 700
                Washington, DC, 20002-4241
On behalf of the APISWC Steering Committee, thank you for helping to support the next generation of API social workers and continuing Diana's vision and legacy:  "Every person contributing to the betterment of themselves, their families, their communities, and, ultimately the world."

Please feel free to share this email with other social workers/students/friends.
Janice Wong, former Co-Coordinator
Continuing Diana Ming Chan’s Legacy…

Diana Ming Chan is someone who helped me to see my true value as a social worker, and how much I could do with my social work degree.  I would tell Diana about my ideas and career aspirations, even my dreams about changing the world; she would tell me about how she was continuously coming up with new ideas and aspirations too, and how she believed that you could never be too old to create change.  Diana encouraged me to always pursue my dreams, and told me that no matter what, I should keep my passion in the forefront of whatever I do.

In her 54 years as a social worker, I'm sure she touched many lives other than mine.  During the short time that I knew her personally, she impacted me so greatly that I can't help but want to continue perpetuating the effects of her work by helping other young social
workers see their value in our community.  

You can help to touch the lives of young social workers by donating to the Diana Ming Chan Scholarship Fund.  Help others realize their value, pursue their dreams, and help them change the world.

--Jennifer C. Tan, MSW
Co-Chair, Asian/Pacific Islander Social Work Council 2007-2009

 Help us to carry on the endless efforts that Diana set forth to pave the future for the Asian/Pacific Islander Community and future social workers.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. No amount is too small. Our goal is to raise $25,000 so that the Diana Ming Chan Scholarship Fund can become an endowment.  In this way, the scholarship fund will continue Diana's legacy for many, many years to come. Donations can be sent to NASW Foundation, 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700, Washington, D.C.  20002.  Please make your check payable to:  NASW Foundation--Diana Ming Chan Scholarship Fund.