The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian American community. To be eligible, applicants must: be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity; be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.; have a 3.5 GPA; be a college senior or graduate student enrolled full-time at at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university and must be a full- time, associate/bachelor/master degree seeking student by the upcoming academic calendar year; and not be a relative of a board member.
Selection is based on a rating system judged in five major categories. The candidate with the highest combined cumulative points will receive the scholarship. These categories are: quality of content submission (essay, artistic portfolio); academic performance; leadership/community service experience and contribution; letters of recommendation; and a phone/in-person committee interview. Funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name.