Administered by Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (l/g/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to four outstanding students annually, a combined scholarships totaling up to $60,000, awarded over up to four years. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.


Each applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
  • Self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islander and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; (at least 25% API ancestry); and involved in the GLBT community;
  • Graduate from a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Napa, Sonoma or Solano;
  • Scholarship will be awarded for full-time (minimum 12 units for all semesters/quarters) enrollment in an accredited two, four-year university or graduate school; (college, university, community college or vocational school).
  • United States citizen or legal resident;
  • Demonstrated financial hardship;
  • Demonstrated academic promise;
  • Minimum unweighted grade point average 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for all schools attended or attending;
  • Be between the age of 17 and 25 on 30 April 2015

Download the 2015 application form here: Pdf Form

For 2015 renewal form, download from here: Pdf Form

You can type your information onto the form electronically, then print and sign it.

Application Deadline

  • Scholarship manager must receive the completed application packet and all supporting materials (such as personal statement, letters of reference, transcripts, proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency and financial documentation) by
5 p.m. on April 30, 2015
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Date of postmark, faxed and emailed applications will NOT be considered.
Mail completed application to: Edward Tang
P. O. Box 6961
San Carlos, CA 94070-6961

Questions? Contact Edward Tang at ecmt@ yahoo. com

Applicant Instructions

In order for your application to be considered, all of the following must be received by the deadline.
    Applications must be complete to be considered. Attach additional pages if necessary.
    Provide two letters of reference only.
    • One letter from a teacher or academic advisor;
    • One letter from a work or volunteer supervisor, a youth leader or personal acquaintance.
    Letters from teachers, advisors and employers must be on school or company letterhead. All letters must be signed and dated. Photocopies are acceptable. Letters may be sealed in their own envelopes.
    All applications must include an official high school transcript, even if you have graduated from high school and currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. If you have taken college courses, an official college transcript must also be included for all work completed. Photocopies and copies from the Internet are unacceptable.
    Include a typed statement of at LEAST 500 words, but no longer than 850 words for the three items below (approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced). In the statement, you should:
    • Describe a significant challenge in your life and the lessons learned from it;
    • Describe any extracurricular activities or honors you feel best highlight your potential as a leader in our community;
    • Comment upon your long and short-range educational goals.
    • Sign and date your Personal Statement.
    Evidence of financial need must be submitted with all application packets If you applied for federal financial aid, enclose a copy of all pages of your 2015-2016 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) (updated information regarding your FAFSA application can be found online at
    If you did not apply for federal financial aid, enclose a copy of the first two pages of your parent’s or guardian’s most recent Form 1040 (or your own if you are not a dependent).
    Provide proof of United States citizenship (photocopy of birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers) or documentation of legal residency (photocopy of visa or green card).
    A required personal interview will be conducted by a minimum of four committee members in an office setting.


2014 May Chen & Catrina Gotuaco

May Chen
  • Graduated from Lowell High School
  • Currently attending University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Amazing accomplishments
  • Hopes her research will one day directly contribute to policy and prevention efforts aimed at reducing disparities among minorities and prevent partner abuse in the community
  • May received a $15,000 in scholarship
Catrina Gotuaco
  • Graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco
  • Will be attending Cal State University in Hayward
  • Another amazing student with lots of accomplishments
  • She hopes to better serve minority and marginalized populations, including the API LGBT community
  • Catrina is eligible to receive a total of $44,000 ($11,000x4) in scholarship provided she qualifies each year

2013 Trung Nguyen, Tiffany L., Randy Luu and Anna Chen

Trung Nguyen
  • Graduated from Silver Creek High School in San Jose with a 4.0 GPA
  • Currently attending UCLA
  • Very active in UCLA helping other API LGBT students as well as local communities
  • Trung is eligible to receive a total of $30,000 ($7,500x4) in scholarship provided he qualifies each year
Tiffany L.
  • Graduated from a high school in South Bay with a 4.0 GPA
  • Very active in college and local community helping other API and LGBT
  • Currently attending a university in East Coast
  • Tiffany received a total of $15,500 in scholarship
Randy Luu
  • Graduated from Lowell High in San Francisco
  • Currently attending Tulane University Health Sciences
  • Very active in API LGBT communities as well as in Tulane
  • Randy is eligible to receive a total of $18,000 in scholarship provided he qualifies each year
Anna Chen
  • Graduated from Mountain View High School with a 4.0 GPA
  • An impressive student with many accomplishments at a very young age
  • Currently attending Swarthmore College
  • Anna is eligible to receive a total of $12,000 ($3,000x4) in scholarship provided she qualifies each year

2012 Arty Zhang, Henry Huang and Jason Pia

Arty Zhang
  • Graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco
  • Very active in his school, loves to write and enjoys gardening
  • Currently attending Cal
  • Arty is eligible to receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship
Henry Huang
  • Graduated from American High School with a 4.0 GPA unweighted
  • Attending Cal currently
  • Henry is extremely active in school as well as outside of school
  • Henry is eligible to a total of $20,000 in scholarship
Jason Pia
  • Graduated from Pioneer High School, UCSD and John Hopkins University
  • Currently attending UC Riverside and UCLA
  • Jason received a total of $15,000 in scholarship

2011 Daniel Tran and Luisa Tsang

Daniel Tran
  • Graduated from Yerba Buena High School in San Jose
  • Currently attending UCLA
  • Daniel received a total of $30,000 in scholarship
Luisa Tsang
  • Currently enrolled at Yale University in Health Management
  • Graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco
  • Luisa received $7,500 in scholarship
2010 Phuong Tseng and Chad Ngo

Phuong Tseng
  • Graduated in 2010 from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco
  • Currently attending Mills College
  • Phuong received a total of $30,000 in scholarship
Chad Ngo
  • Graduated in 2010 from Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose
  • Currently attending U.C. Irvine
  • Chad received a total of $30,000 in scholarship
2009 John Trinidad
  • Graduated from Alameda’s Encinal High School in 2003
  • Graduated from U.C. Irvine in 2007
  • Currently a medical student at UCSF
  • Actively involved in UCSF’s GLBT committees as well as GLBT student associations
  • John has received a total of $45,000 in scholarship
2008 Jason Kwong
  • A GAPA board member as well as worked with API Wellness Center in San Francisco
  • Graduated from Cal Berkeley
  • Currently attending Columbia University in New York City
  • Received $15,000 in scholarship
2007 Caroline Le
  • Graduated from San Jose State University in 2007
  • Graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 2009
  • Caroline received a total of $30,000 in scholarship
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The Tang Scholarship has partnered with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to provide scholarship opportunities. The Tang Scholarship is a fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has more than $6 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation provides donor involved scholarship funds for individual donors who want to be directly involved in the application and selection process. The donor oversees an external selection committee and the scholarship selection process, as approved by SVCF. Whether honoring loved ones or providing for a specific community, each scholarship expresses a deep belief in the power of education to help young people achieve their dreams. Scholarship recipients from 2014 and more information about 2015 scholarship programs are at


For many individuals and organizations, providing scholarships for students to support their educational pursuits is a rewarding and effective way to meet their charitable objectives. Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s scholarship program is committed to providing opportunities for those interested in helping talented young people to pursue their dreams through a quality education. Scholarship funds t the community foundation vary by size of endowment and in complexity of criteria; however, their common element is the charitable spirit of the donors who created them. In honoring loved ones or providing for a specific community, each scholarship expresses a deep belief in the power of education to help young people achieve their dreams.