Taiwanese alumni establish scholarship fund

Taiwanese alumni have established a scholarship fund to support study at SF State by future generations of Taiwanese students. Led by alumna Flora Chia-I Chang (M.A., ’82), president of Tamkang University, and Professor Emeritus Wan-Lee Cheng, the alumni group is the first to establish a country-specific scholarship.

On Sept. 16, President Leslie Wong met with 45 alumni at a special dinner on the 85th floor of Taipei 101, until recently the tallest building in the world. Wong met with alumni the previous year, challenging the group to create the endowment.

“San Francisco State University enjoys a long, storied history of Taiwanese students making a difference while studying at the University and after,” said Wong, who is in Taiwan to meet with more than 100 university presidents, faculty and staff about university fundraising and management.

“This gift is especially meaningful,” said Wong, “since the University values its multicultural community and approach to learning.”

Fifty-nine students from Taiwan are enrolled for the fall semester and pay the higher out-of-state tuition fee. The scholarship fund will help defray tuition expenses and is expected to grow as the University has put a new focus on raising funds to provide direct support to students.

The scholarship fund, “Taiwan Student Scholarship,” will issue its first scholarships beginning the fall 2014 semester.

To learn more about available scholarships, visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~finaid/scholarships/

A photo of President Leslie Wong and the Taiwan Alumni Chapter

President Leslie Wong met with members of the Taiwan Alumni Chapter, including Flora Chia-I Chang, president of Tamkang University (5th from left). Photo by Edward Chen.


-- Nan Broadbent