During this season, many of us reflect on our blessings and consider what (and who) enabled our success. We have all benefited from the generosity of others, a dedicated teacher, a loving grandparent, or even a stranger dedicated to a calling.
We write you today to announce an exciting new campaign that will reach talented, young students with opportunities to pursue medical careers at the prestigious Xiangya School of Medicine, part of Central South University, in Hunan, China. The Yale-China Association, whose relationship with the Xiangya School of Medicine dates back over a century, and the Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association (XYOAA), whose members are familiar with the benefits of a Xiangya education, are pleased to announce a new partnership dedicated to providing scholarships to Xiangya students. We hope that you will join this initiative to support these impressive young scholars and future healthcare professionals.
Our goal is to raise $500,000, all of which will go towards scholarships for students in financial need. These funds will have a transformative impact on the lives of recipients, by enabling them to focus on becoming top-notch care givers and striving for excellence, rather than being preoccupied with the cost of their education.
Our organizations’ long histories with Xiangya students have demonstrated that while the demand of need-based support is great, so are the rewards. We would like to introduce you to worthy students like Yanchi WANG and Junyi JIANG, who were supported by scholarships from the Yale-China Association. With your help, XYOAA and Yale-China can help provide the kind of education that these bright, young people deserve. Through the added dimension of mentorship and community, these future health professionals will be able to give back to thousands and thousands in China, the U.S., or wherever their careers will take them. This partnership aims to leverage all of our respective touch points so that your gift will be maximized and your dollar will be stretched.
The gift of your contribution will:
- cover all or half the expenses of a student in need currently attending Xiangya School of Medicine;
- be fully tax deductible;
- go directly to scholarship;
- build a deeper and more substantive community for Xiangya School of Medicine, Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association, and Yale-China Association;
- provide an opportunity to mentor students; and
- serve as an example of giving and mentorship that will live on for generations.
As partners, we can make a significant difference. Please consider a gift to the XYOAA-Yale-China Scholarship Fund.
Xiangya Overseas Alumni Association
P.S. We appreciate any and all gifts, but hope that you might consider a significant gift of $2,500 or more so that we can present a 10-year long commitment to provide scholarships to students in need at Xiangya School of Medicine. Please consider a recurring gift of $500 a month for 6 months. Our goal is to reach our target and announce this achievement at the Xiangya Centennial on October 18, 2014.
Give online now or read on for testimonials from past scholarship recipients.
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.