Scholarship Information

Congratulations to our 2017-18 scholarship winners!

We received a great number of applications and, because of the high caliber of so many 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:
• Shannon Feng of Rhode Island Kung Fu Club, RI
• Mari Goldstein of Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy, MA
• Mina Hughes of Wu Dang Kungfu Academy, CT
• Kiana Lee of Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy, MA
• Lucy Lee of O-Mei Wushu Kung Fu Center, VA
• Queenie Li of U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu, CA

Honorable Mentions of $1000 each:
• Dominic Chow of O-Mei Wushu Kung Fu Center, VA
• Grace Miller of Julong Wushu Chinese Martial Arts Training Center, CT

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. 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: Livestream Link to 2017 Fundraiser

The Foundation's scholarship recipients for 2016-17 were announced July 2016!
$3000 each to Julie Drapkin and Amy Li
$1250 each to Jason Borges, Gavin Coulson, Keanan Gabertan and Darren Raposas

For details, click here.

As has been our tradition, the announcement of the awards was made in Baltimore at the USKSF tournament, in front of a large audience of international martial arts competitors. Pictured here are (L-R): Keanan Gabertan's brother Colton, Darren Raposas, and Amy Li.

Baltimore Check Presentation 2016

Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser, June 5, 2016

20 lions at HGCSF fundraiser

The 5th Annual Fundraiser for the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation was a great success. It was an amazing show and we had the best turnout ever. For the 20th anniversary of the school, we opened the show with 20 lions on stage! We invited a few of our local scholarship winners to attend and perform at the fundraiser, so the audience could put a face to some of the award recipients. Over the past 5 years, we've awarded more than $50,000 to 27 students from 12 states and 17 martial arts schools. As people become more aware of the scholarship, even more will apply.

This was the first attempt to Livestream the event, and we did encounter a hitch, but a new video link will be made available soon on our website. You can support the Foundation even if you couldn't make the show by buying a virtual ticket on Livestream.

For Livestream information and virtual ticket pricing, visit:
CCMAA Livestream page

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Livestream event, go to:
FAQs about Livestream

With monies raised from past fundraiser events and donations, the Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 over 5 years. Still, we are trying to raise more so funds can reach an endowment level. To that end, we also have a GoFundMe page where you can see some of the students who have benefited from these scholarships (a few of those students will also be making a guest appearance at the fundraiser).

For updates, follow our FaceBook page.

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, 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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