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    The SAPA Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) in 1999. Over the past years, SAPA has become a major pharmaceutical professional organization with more than 4000 members, including three Chapters on the East and West Coasts.
    The SAPA Scholarship and Excellence in Education for Life Sciences Foundation is a national non-profit [501(C)(3)] organization dedicated to recognize and support excellence on outstanding high school students, and to encourage the finest high school graduates to develop career in Life Sciences.
    The Foundation is supported by the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association Scholarship and Excellence in Education for Life Sciences Fund. Funding for awards and administrative expenses is derived from investment on the Trust Fund.



    The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, known as SAPA Scholars, in July for use during their freshman year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to those who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in life sciences.

    Each scholarship awards a one-time fund of minimal $1000 towards tuition payment. The scholarship is merit-based and open to national competition. The Trustees intend to award two or more SAPA Scholarships each year. Nominees for SAPA Scholarships must include in their application materials a statement of interest in pursuing a career related to life sciences.

    Examples of the educational plans are listed below:
    Undergraduate MajorCareer Objective Examples
    Applied ScienceMedical research
    Biochemistry/MicrobiologyClinical research in infectious diseases
    BiologyAgriculture/environmental science
    Genetic engineering
    Molecular Biology
    Biology/ChemistryBiomedical technology
    BotanyResearch in plant physiology
    Chemical EngineeringResearch in chemical kinetics
    ChemistryResearch in Medicinal chemistry Environmental chemistry
    Nutritional chemistry
    Environmental chemistry
    Computer ScienceArtificial intelligence research
    EntomologyResearch in ecology or entomology
    Environmental EngineeringResearch in hazardous waste treatment
    Environmental ScienceConservation ecology
    MathematicsBioinformatics or clinical statistics
    Mechanical EngineeringDevelopment of micro and nano-technologies
    MicrobiologyMicrobial genetics
    Molecular GeneticsAntiviral chemotherapy
    Physics/PhysiologyPharmacokinetics/Drug metabolism
    ZoologyZoologist/Organism physiology


    To be considered for nomination as a SAPA Scholar, a student must:
    • Be a high school senior who is planning to attend a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college/university with a major related to life sciences.
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 and a minimum SAT score of 2000 or ACT score of 30.
    • Be a United States citizen, or a legal resident alien (please submit a photocopy of the Alien Registration Card).


    Required application material:
    1. An essay by the student describing why you want to pursue a life science related career (approximately 600 words).
    2. Two letters of recommendation from teachers who can discuss the nominee's potential for a career in life science related area (including a teacher in the applicant's field of study and another who can attest the nominee's potential).
    3. List of all awards received.
    4. List of Advanced Placement or Honors courses with grades.
    5. Transcripts.

    Please send ALL the application materials, including two SEALED recommendation letters, in ONE package to SAPA. Please do NOT send letters separately.
    Mail to: SAPA Scholarship Office
    P.O. Box 282
    Nanuet, NY 10954

    Application Deadline: May 15, 2014 (postmark).



    Selection Process: An independent review committee appointed by the Foundation will evaluate all valid applications and recommend the most outstanding nominees for consideration by the Foundation Board of Trustees. Applicants who demonstrated great potential for and commitment to a career in life sciences and with outstanding academic performance will be selected as finalists. The Board of Trustees will name at least two SAPA scholars from the finalists. To receive payments, a SAPA Scholar must submit an acceptance letter of the scholarship, and provide a direct deposit account at the attending college or university to deposit scholarship payments. The payment will be made in September to the college or university ONLY.

    ONLY THE WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAIL. SAPA Scholars receive their awards in presentation ceremonies at the Annual Meeting of Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professional Association.

    May 15 Application deadline (postmark).
    June-July Scholarship Review Committee meets to recommend finalists to the Foundation Board of Trustees.
    July-Aug. SAPA Scholars are selected by the Board of SAPA Scholarship and Excellence in Education for Life Science Foundation.
    September SAPA Scholars will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association on September 13, 2014.
    Sept.-Oct. Scholarship payments directly deposited to the attending college or university.
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