Xiangya Overseas Alumni - Yale-China Association Scholarship (XYOAA-YCA Scholarship)

1. Background

Since 1914, the Yale-China Association has always been dedicated to the establishment, growth, and development of Xiangya. How time flies! Over the last ten years, the Yale-China Association has raised and issued over $1 million to funding Xiangya School of Medicine students with financial difficulties. Due to several reasons, the biggest patron of funds cannot continue to help Yale-China Association with scholarships for Xiangya students. The Yale-China Association hopes to cooperate with you, together with the Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association to support our alma mater by supporting their students who have the greatest burdens.

2. Goals

Our goal is to raise $500,000 before the Xiangya School of Medicine’s centennial. We can then start the next decade of partnerships at this significant milestone. Our goal is to issue $50,000 per year to sponsor students at Xiangya School of Medicine. The Xiangya School of Medicine, the Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association, and the Yale-China Association will form a joint committee to review scholarship candidates. This Steering Committee will undertake a rigorous and transparent selection process. It will jointly select the scholarship recipients. The three forms of scholarship will be: 1) half tuition award; 2) full tuition award; and 3) full tuition award plus living expenses. Recipients will either be 4-year or 8-year students.

The process of raising the scholarship funds will be an open and transparent one with regular reporting by XYOAA and Yale-China Association. This process will ensure that all funds will be used directly for scholarships. The Yale-China Association will cover expenses related to fund management, administration of the funds, and components of an annual meeting for the partners.

3. Steering Committee

Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association (XYOAA): Wei Chao, Li-Ming Zhang, Gary Zhou, Bo Wang

Yale-China Association (YCA): Nancy Yao Maasbach, Robert Rohrbaugh, Barry Wu, Ann Williams, Kristopher Fennie

4. Scholarship Fund Management

Donations to support the XYOAA-YCA Scholarship will be managed by the Yale-China Association through its managed funds at the Yale Investments Office.

5. Donations approach

Donations can be made with personal check, personal company checks, online payments, and bank transfer. Donations of money are full tax-deductible by the Yale-China Association by the extent of the law.

Please make checks payable to the:

Yale-China Association
Attn: Jonathan Green
P.O.Box 6023
Hamden, CT 06517, Phone: 203-432-0884
*Please write XYOAA-YCA Scholarship in the memo line

If your company can match donations, the Yale-China Association can provide a tax number. Please feel free to email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

XYOAA and YCA will issue an acknowledgment letter and tax-exempt receipt for each donor.

A gift in any amount entitles you to membership in the Yale-China Association, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

6. XYOAA Fundraising Committee members

Chair: Bo Wang (Dallas, TX)
Coordinator: Yanjuan Liu (San Antonio, TX)

Regional Directors:
Sean Tao (Houston, TX)
Liang Wang (Los Angeles, CA)
Dou Alvin Zhang (Washington, DC)
Bo Yang (Ann Arbor, MI)
Ge Li (Chicago, IL)
Jianyou Tan (New York City, NY)
Jing Wang (San Francisco, CA).
Ni (Nancy) Quan (Bio-Tech/Pharmaceutical Co., New Jersey)

Frequently-asked Questions Q1. Is this a new scholarship?

A1. The Yale-China Association has been issuing scholarships to students in financial need at Xiangya School of Medicine for over ten years. This is a new partnership between XYOAA and Yale-China to ensure that scholarships continue to be provided to students who have needs.

Q2. Who will be eligible for the XYOAA-YCA scholarship?

A2. Only students at Xiangya School of Medicine who have demonstrated financial need will be eligible for scholarship funds.

Q3. How will we determine who receives the scholarship?

A3. XYOAA and Yale-China will create a selection committee with the help and guidance of Xiangya School of Medicine.

Q4. Will I be able to meet the scholarship students?

A4. Every year, you will receive a booklet that provides a photograph and essay from the scholarship recipient. We also hope that you will have the opportunity to meet scholarship recipients.

Q5. Will my gift be tax deductible?

A5. Yes, your gift will be fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Q6. What can I provide for my tax accountant?

A6. The Yale-China Association will provide an acknowledgement receipt for the amount of your gift.

Q7. What is the goal of this fundraising effort?

A7. The goal of the XYOAA-YCA Scholarship effort is to raise $500,000 by September 15, 2014. If 250 individuals each gave $2,000, we would reach our goal.

Q8. Who will manage the money raised?

A8. The Yale-China Association will place all funds for the XYOAA-YCA Scholarship into the managed fund at the Yale Investments Office.

Q9. How long will $500,000 last in terms of scholarships?

A9. The goal of the $500,000 is to use these funds for 10 years issuing $50,000 each year in direct scholarships.

Q10. Will there be an opportunity to gather Xiangya, XYOAA, and Yale-China?

A10. Beginning in the second year of the scholarship, our hope is that there will be an annual gathering and one-day conference at Xiangya School of Medicine to meet scholarship recipients, other students, faculty, and members of XYOAA and Yale-China. This would also allow donors to meet with mentees.

YANG Zhengyi 杨证祎, 2009-2010 Scholarship Recipient

Program: Psychological Medicine
Hometown: Nanchuan, Chongqing

I come from a poor family in Chongqing. Both of my parents are farmers without higher level of education. They depended on farming with their industrious hands to send my sister and me to school earlier. Life got by at that time. Unfortunately, my father was diagnosed with intermittent schizophrenia later, which really added insult to injury. From then on, my mother was burdened with the whole family, as hard as you can imagine, especially since I attended university. I cherish the hard-won opportunity to study and spare on effert to study hard to gain good scores. Meanwhile, I can lighten my parents’ burden partially with my scholarship. Besides, I also participate in rich and varied extra-curricular activities and social practices so that I am fully integrated quality, harmonious and comprehensive development. I believe adversity leads to prosperity. And I really appreciate your kindness, in the near future; I will contribute what I can afford to society.

LI Yapei 李亚培, 2009-2010 Scholarship Recipient

Program: Nursing Medicine (5-Year Program)
Hometown: Baofeng County, Henan Province

I come from a beautiful county in Pingdingshan, which is famous for its coal mine. My father died the year when I was about to take the college entrance examination. Soon later my elder brother who was disabled since childhood contracted with serious illness. Maybe some of you will think that I am a pitiful girl, but I feel that I am lucky, because I have felt the love from our society, besides, the misery taught me a lot and made me a more independent and optimistic girl. Our live is hard now, but I believe that we will have a good one in the near feature. I will do my best to learn my project and other skills. I will do anything I can to appreciate anyone who have helped me and who need help. Thank you for giving us confidence and courage; we will grow up soon and reach our hands to wherever love is needed. Thank you!

JIANG Junyi 蒋军移, 2010-2011 Scholarship Recipient

Program: Medical Laboratory
Hometown: Xinning City, Hunan Province

It is a great honor for me to get this scholarship. I come from a poor farmer’s family in Hunan province, and it is not easy for my parents to support my study, for there are five children in my family. My father is over 60 now and because of the heavy labor for so many years he is not in good health any more. But he still tries to do farming as much as he can to support the family. What’s worse, my mother is in poor health and she can only stay at home to do some housework these years. Although life is difficult for my family, I always have the faith that life will be better. I always believe that I have the responsibility to devote myself to my country and my hometown. I know the only way to realize my dream is working hard. Now, I am a medical student, and I’m fully confident that I will become a skilled doctor several years later. In that way I can help the patients to recover. Besides I can know what to do when my parents don’t feel well. However, to be a good doctor, the road ahead will be long and difficult, but I will do my best, because I believe that success belongs to the most diligent person. So I will study harder to realize my dream and the expectations of the people who care for me. I really appreciate Yale-China to give me the scholarship which can reduce the burden on parents and enable me the possibility to go further.

WANG Yanchi 王延迟, 2010-2011 Scholarship Recipient

Program: Bioscience ( 4-Year Program)
Hometown: Kaifeng City, Henan Province

It’s my great honor to receive the Yale-China Scholarship. I come from a single-parent family and it’s hard for my mother to afford my tuition by farming. My family did not give me too much material wealthy, but the hard life taught me to form good qualities of changing my destiny by my own. I know good luck are in favor of people who are ready for something. So I always study hard and try my best to do my work better. I’d like you to know that the scholarship gives me more confidence to my study and my future. It will not only relieve me of the burden of life, but also create a better learning condition for me. The more important thing is that it has taught me to be grateful. In the near future, I will make full use of what I have learned to contribute to society, and devote my whole life to the life science.

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