As the coronavirus spread through nations across the world, anti-Asian discrimination has followed closely behind.
While the public spotlight has focused on discrimination against East and Southeast Asians in the United States, the broader story of violence and discrimination against Asians, along with the complex intersectionalities of Asian American history, continues to be ignored. The recent anti-Asian hate crimes are not in fact a reaction to COVID-19, but rather a symptom of hundreds of years of discrimination, exclusion, and objectification.
In order to address anti-Asian sentiment and attacks upon the Asian community, the ICFAC scholarship fund was founded. The ICFAC Advancing Social Justice for Asians Scholarship Fund covers the advancement of studies for topics surrounding social justice for Asians – from supporting those pursuing learning and research in the topic, to sustaining ICFAC’s continued community initiatives, educational events, a variety of other resources and opportunities, and building the fund.
The Advancing Social Justice for Asians Scholarship will be awarded to a graduate or advanced degree student with an interest in advancing social justice for Asians. Those interested in pursuing a career in law, politics, journalism, education, community organizers, and social justice activists are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please write an essay about why you are passionate about advancing social justice for Asians, what actions you have taken in support of Asians and how you will use the scholarship award to continue to do social justice work for the Asian community.