Department Scholarships

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures has various scholarships to support meritorious students in our Chinese and Japanese programs.

Chinese Language and Culture Club (CLACC) Ambassador Award

The CLACC Ambassador Award recognizes one student who grew up speaking Mandarin Chinese for their engagement and passion in sharing Chinese language and culture with campus.

Chinese Language Learners Bridge Fund

Chinese Major Alumni Jarrett Wiesolek (Class of 2011) and Ali Dibble (Class of 2012) launched the Bridge fund in 2016. CLLBF is designed to award scholarships to students who are passionate about learning Chinese and building bridges between UW-Madison and China.

Cameron G. Keith Memorial Scholarship

This award is given annually to two undergraduate students studying Japanese. This award is announced during the fall semester, and eligible students may apply. The criteria are: Japanese major, junior or senior standing, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, currently taking Japanese, and plan to go into a Japanese related profession.

Cameron G. Keith was an East Asian Studies and Economics studies major at UW-Madison who studied abroad in Japan, and later in Nepal. In his memory, the Keith family established these funds in memory of his interest in the region.

2019-20 Xinqi Cao and Jiahang He
2018-19 Zach Rattunde and Alexis Marie Shoushounova
2017-18 Yusen Men and Colton Switalski
2016-17 Yixuan Cheng and Daniel Nachreiner
2015-16 Kanna Izushi-Ciolkosz and Josh Nys
2014-15 Benjamin Garton and Madison Mears
2012-13 Matthew Reagan and Helen Schwartz

Chou Kuo-p’ing Book Award

Several awards will be given each year to undergraduate students who are studying and will continue to study Chinese during the following semester. This award is made possible through a donation by Professor Emerita Chou Kuo-p’ing, the founder of the Chinese program here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Chou, a dedicated teacher, devoted her entire career to teaching, promoting and developing Chinese studies in Wisconsin.

Professor Chou was very active during her teaching career, and often helped financially disadvantaged students, especially those who excelled in their academic careers despite economic difficulties. Although this award is based mainly on the applicant’s academic performance, special consideration is given to those who are financially disadvantaged in order to carry on this tradition.

2019-20 Genevive Jacobs, Thekla Ketcher, Erin Naumann, Kristine Nguyen
2017-18 Farhat Bhuiyan, Daniel Coleman, Tyler Ruzicka
2016-17 Farhat Bhuiyan, Markayle Schears

Ellen and William E. Fisher Scholarship

Ellen and William E. Fisher have provided funding for an annual scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison who is studying the Chinese language.  According to the terms of the gift agreement, the award is based on merit, therefore there is no application, but faculty will make a determination based on students progressing in the program. Mr. Fisher stipulated that the award must be made in the Fall semester, so that the recipient can use it in the Spring semester.

2019-20 Kristine Nguyen
2018-19 Madeline Chaplin
2017-18 Tyler Ruzicka
2016-17 Allison Sharpless

Gwang-Tsai Chen Award

Professor Sabina Knight established this scholarship in honor of Gwang-Tsai (Arthur) Chen, Emeritus Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature at UW-Madison. The scholarship recognizes a rising undergraduate Chinese major . Student eligibility: must be a non-heritage language learner, freshman or sophomore standing, a GPA above 3.5.

2019-20 Emma Kempf
2018-19 Erin Naumann

Lawrence Louey Merit Scholarship

The Lawrence Louey Merit Scholarship is an annual competition recognizing an undergraduate Chinese major in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Eligibility: You must be a graduating senior with a GPA above 3.5 and have taken at least three years of Chinese. An application is required for consideration, including a brief career plan, as well as a research paper from one of your major field courses.

2019-20 Matt Van Gilder
2018-19 David Duszynski
2017-18 Conley Michael Potter
2016-17 Nathan Heinrich