Scholarship Information

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Fundraiser Dragon / Flags

The Foundation's 6th Annual Fundraiser will be held:

June 17, 2017, from 1:30-3:30pm
Newton North High School
Newtonville, MA 02460 

The Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation will be holding its 6th fundraiser with a performance by students and instructors from Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy. This spectacular event includes lion and dragon dances, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, flags, and weapons. We hope you will support the cause and enjoy the show. Net proceeds from the sale of ads, tickets, t-shirts and DVDs benefit the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity.

Tickets are available for $25 at the Academy and online with a small fee at (reserved seating, not general admission). Tickets will be $30 at the door so buy early! In addition to selling tickets to the performance, we sell ad space in our program book. If you are interested in sponsoring the Foundation, go to Donations.

Our fundraiser is going to be aired for free on Livestream if you have any interest in watching it. Please feel free to watch it at home, share it with friends, or show it if you have a screen or Smart TV at your place of business. It's June 17th at 1:30pm. However you can log in ahead of time with just an email. You can also watch a trailer of the 2016 show. Livestream Event on 6/17/17 1:30-3:30ish

The Foundation's scholarship recipients for 2016-17 were announced July 2016!
$3000 each to Julie Drapkin and Amy Li
$1250 each to Jason Borges, Gavin Coulson, Keanan Gabertan and Darren Raposas

For details, click here.

As has been our tradition, the announcement of the awards was made in Baltimore at the USKSF tournament, in front of a large audience of international martial arts competitors. Pictured here are (L-R): Keanan Gabertan's brother Colton, Darren Raposas, and Amy Li.

Baltimore Check Presentation 2016

Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser, June 5, 2016

20 lions at HGCSF fundraiser

The 5th Annual Fundraiser for the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation was a great success. It was an amazing show and we had the best turnout ever. For the 20th anniversary of the school, we opened the show with 20 lions on stage! We invited a few of our local scholarship winners to attend and perform at the fundraiser, so the audience could put a face to some of the award recipients. Over the past 5 years, we've awarded more than $50,000 to 27 students from 12 states and 17 martial arts schools. As people become more aware of the scholarship, even more will apply.

This was the first attempt to Livestream the event, and we did encounter a hitch, but a new video link will be made available soon on our website. You can support the Foundation even if you couldn't make the show by buying a virtual ticket on Livestream.

For Livestream information and virtual ticket pricing, visit:
CCMAA Livestream page

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Livestream event, go to:
FAQs about Livestream

With monies raised from past fundraiser events and donations, the Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 over 5 years. Still, we are trying to raise more so funds can reach an endowment level. To that end, we also have a GoFundMe page where you can see some of the students who have benefited from these scholarships (a few of those students will also be making a guest appearance at the fundraiser).

For updates, follow our FaceBook page.

About the Scholarship

The Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation was founded on March 7, 2011, to honor the memory of Helen Gee Chin, wife of Sifu Chin of Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy, Inc. Simo was the administrator at CCMAA for 15 years and was involved with preserving the history and promoting the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. She was beloved by her husband, the students of the Academy that she ran with him, and by the martial arts community as a whole. The Foundation is offering college scholarships to encourage academic achievement and motivate individuals to become serious students of the Chinese martial arts.

The scholarship is open to students who plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university and meet the minimum eligibility requirements: U.S. citizenship, five or more years* of study in Chinese Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Wu Shu, or Tai Chi), and a “B” average grade or better. Scholarship recipients are selected based on criteria such as martial arts study and achievement*, academic achievement, a written essay, and participation and leadership in community and school activities. Further details about eligibility and the selection process can be found on the scholarship application.

The Foundation is based in Newton, Massachusetts at Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy Inc. (“CCMAA”). The Foundation is funded by donations, which it solicits primarily within the Chinese martial arts community, and through public support. The Foundation believes that both the solicitation and the award processes will encourage academic achievement by young practitioners of the Chinese martial arts.

* The 5 year study minimum and expectation of tournament competition may be reduced in the case of special life circumstances (see Section 10 of the application).

Violet Li Article / Interview with Calvin Chin
In June, journalist and fellow tai chi instructor, Violet Li, had a conversation with Sifu Calvin Chin about his late wife, Helen Gee Chin, and the scholarship fund he founded in her name. Click here to read her article published July 9, 2011, in the Tai Chi Examiner and her follow-up articles on the first year's winners Clint Wu and Leslie Jaw.




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