SAPA-NE High School Excellence Scholarship Calls for Applicants

Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association
New England (SAPA-NE)
High School Excellence Scholarship Program

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a United States citizen or legal resident alien residing in the New England area (MA, NH, RI, VT, CT, ME).
  2. The applicant must be a graduating high school senior with a GPA of 3.3 (out of 4.0) or greater and an SAT score above 1450 (out of 1600) or equivalent.
  3. The applicant must be enrolling for the first time in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited 4-year college or university in the upcoming academic year. The applicant should pursue or intend to pursue a major related to life sciences.
  4. Members of SAPA-NE Board of Directors, the SAPA-NE Advisory Committee, or the SAPA-NE Scholarship Selection Committee cannot participate on the selection process. Any member of the SAPA-NE Executive Committee must disclose should his or her relative become an applicant. Failure to disclose a position of conflict of interest will not only disqualify the candidate, but also lead to disciplinary action towards the executive member.

2011 scholarship winner Ms. Xiao and her parents.

Application procedures
Application materials

The applicant must submit:

  1. A brief resume illustrating major accomplishments during the applicant’s K-12 education
  2. An essay (~600 words) to illustrate what the applicant will be pursuing at college and what inspired him or her to make such a decision
  3. A recommendation letter from the school counselor and two letters of recommendation from teachers who can attest and comment on the applicant’s achievements and development potentials
  4. A copy of high school transcript and a copy of standard test results.
  5. A copy of acceptance letter from the college the applicant intends to enroll
  6. An application fee ($30) needs to be submitted along with the application. Please make any checks payable to SAPA-NE. The application fee can be waived if the applicant’s parent or legal guardian is a member of SAPA.

Online application form is available: You may fill in the online application form, print the application, and send the application along with recommendation letters, a copy of acceptance letter from the college, and application fee to the following address.

Application Deadline
May 27, 2017 (Postmarked)

Application Mail Address:
Please enclose ALL the materials, including sealed recommendation letters, in ONE package and send to SAPA-NE

SAPA-NE High School Excellence Scholarship
12 Arbor Lane, Winchester MA 01890

Email Addresses:
Please notify Drs. Huo Li and Guiqing Liang after you send out the application
Huo Li:;  Guiqing Liang:

Selection Procedures
An independent Scholarship Selection Committee appointed by the SAPA-NE Executive Committee will evaluate all valid applications and nominate several strongest candidates. SAPA-NE Executive Committee will make the final selection of up to three award recipients.
Applicants will be evaluated on:

  1. Academic performance, leadership quality, and community/school service.
  2. Demonstrated potential and commitment to a career aspiration that has a broad impact in the society.

Award Acceptance
Recipients of 2017 SAPA-NE High School Excellence Scholarship will be notified by Scholarship Selection Committee by email and will also be posted at SAPA-NE homepage

Upon contact by Scholarship Selection Committee, a SAPA-NE Scholar must submit an acknowledgment letter stating the acceptance of the scholarship award. The recipients (required) and their parents/legal guardians (optional) will attend the 2017 SAPA-NE High School Excellence Scholarship Award Ceremony at 19th SAPA-NE Annual Conference on June 17th, 2017 at MIT, Cambridge MA. A short speech (5 minutes) made by each award recipient will be expected at the ceremony. Each recipient will be awarded up to $1000 one-time scholarship.

Speech by 2011 SAPA-NE High School Excellence Scholarship at SAPA-NE 2011 Annual Meeting

Good afternoon to the men, women, and friends of the New England chapter of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professional Association.

I am honored to stand here today as the recipient of the association’s High School Excellence Scholarship, and would like to use this moment as a platform from which i can express sentiments, not only regarding my gratitude and that of my parents, which is extensive, but also regarding, as is consistent with the subject of this convention, the role of biology in this world, and, as is consistent with the nature of this convened people, that of the emergent Asian American.

Our determination of the contemporary niche occupied by biology is well supplemented by that of its historical lay, which is, unforunately, one subservient to power.

The work of honest men and women in the life sciences has throughout history been manipulated by the rhetoric and exploits of kings and queens, facist leaders and chief executive officers, population and economic theorists.

It is widely remembered, for instance, that the Nazis used Darwin’s theory of natural selection to justify policies of extermination. It is less widely remembered that fifty years before Auschwitz the same theory was distorted by the same manner in the united states, to justify the growing inequality between the rich and the poor, between the factory owner and the factory worker, throughout the country’s periods of industrialization.

The body of science has in the past allowed itself to become distorted, for purposes of corporate or state hegemony, into the body of pseudoscience, wherein its elements may justify new types of policies, new ways of repression.

And of biology today?

The Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists reported that military funding for biological research has sharply escalated in recent years. They found that “the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency was formed in 1958 to facilitate the transfer of technology from academic and industrial laboratories to the military sector”. Such a transfer is probably taking place in the very building in which we convene today. At the moment, across the country, biochemists working for companies and schools alike are researching methods of biological and chemical warfare, are today bettering Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that will tomorrow be employed in attack missions across the seas.

But there is, and always has been, another side of biology. This is the type of biology the professionals of this association are involved with—life sciences that will better life. Medicines and vaccinations that make life more enjoyable, easier to endure throughout sickness and the pain that often accompanies the treatment of serious diseases. Plagues such as typhoid and influenza that have reduced cities to dust, that have made man cower at the heels of microorganisms, have been conquered by hard working biologists of the past, whose successors, my mother among them, are working today to conquer a new generation of illnesses as types of cancer and aids. Genetic mental diseases, having tormented the bonds between husbands and wives and children for centuries, are being weakened by neuroscientists who have figured out ways to supplement different enzymes in the brain. Even more than cures, biology has endowed man with a body of knowledge, specializing in organic products, that appreciates the pulse, that respects and seeks to understand the intricate mechanisms by which the hydra buds or the bacterial plasmid is spun. The appreciative understanding of life, and the application of that understanding unto methods as medication that will better it, are the dual functions of the biologist, paths to which today’s scientists should keep.

Otherwise, they call themselves not scientists but servants, and they serve not knowledge but power.

And how relates the Asian American?

According to the National Science Foundation, Asian Americans in 2009 made up 14 percent of the science and engineering work force. Since that time, that number has probably doubled. Why, then, are there so few Asian department chairs, university presidents, CEOs and presidents and vice presidents of pharmaceutical companies?

Two weeks ago, the prominent Asian American writer Wesley Yang offered an answer to this question in New York magazine. Asian Americans, on the platforms of work ethic and intellect, will rise in corporate and private academic settings until a certain level, at which the elevator will stop, drop off the Asian American employees and, still carrying white workers, continue its polished ascent. The level at which Asian Americans are denied escalation is commonly referred to as the “bamboo ceiling”, which Yang describes as “an invisible barrier that maintains a pyramidal racial structure throughout corporate america, with lots of Asians at junior levels, quite a few in middle management, and virtually none in the higher reaches of leadership”.

Biologists of all color, I am sure, can affirm what I have next to say: leadership qualities are not genetic, nor are they inherited on alleles selecting for the color of one’s skin. If the disproportionate statistics of asian americans in top positions cannot be thus attributed to some vitamin deficiency inherent in the Asian race, it is reasonable to assume that racism and the ignorance which so often accompanies it are to blame.

In a word, we can thus finish:

Asian scientists should not let themselves be used.

Moreover, biologists of all countries, of all nationalities, should not let themselves or their work be distorted to fit the fantasies of politicians and economists and businessmen.

Both are easily accomplished if we keep in mind the honesty, the objectivity, and the communal nature upon which the life sciences was founded, and with which it struggles towards freedom today.

Thank you again for this wonderful scholarship, with which I promise I will make sufficient use.