Scholarship Information

Calling All Schools! Accept our Challenge on September 20th!!!

On September 20, 2017, we will begin a national fundraising campaign with the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation horse stance Punch-A-Thon (for Wushu and Kung Fu students) and cloud hands Wave-A-Thon for Tai Chi students. Each challenge will be for a maximum of 5 minutes, timed! While in a good horse stance (Kung Fu), throw as many punches as you can in 5 minutes. For Tai Chi, perform the movement Wave Hands Like Clouds for the full 5 minutes. Click this link for video examples of both challenges! 

Sponsors can either choose to donate a flat amount or sponsor by the number of punches or cloud hands. Download our pledge sheets or register online and take part in our fundraising effort!

Punch-A-Thon image   Wave-A-Thon image


$20,000 TOTAL awarded to our 2017-18 scholarship winners!

Because of the number and high caliber of this year's applicants, the selection committee decided to award $20,000 in total, the most money we have given in a single year! Of course, this was in part due to great fundraising efforts and generous donors. Thank you! 

Awards of $3000 each went to:
Shannon Feng
Mari Goldstein
Mina Hughes
Kiana Lee
Lucy Lee
Queenie Li

Honorable Mentions of $1000 each went to:
Dominic Chow
Grace Miller

For details and photos, click here.


Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser, June 17, 2017

2017 fundraiser double dragon

The Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation holds its annual fundraiser every May or June, 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 check back for the Save a Date notice in 2018. Since 2011, we've awarded more than $83,000 to 41 students from 16 states and 25 martial arts schools! Net proceeds from the sale of ads, tickets, t-shirts and DVDs benefit the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. 

Our past fundraiser is available on Livestream: Video Link to 2017 Fundraiser


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 or permanent residency, 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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