SUN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Sun Scholars Program was started with the vision of providing scholarships to economically disadvantaged, underserved students for whom higher education might not be possible without the help of financial aid. Students chosen to be Sun Scholars are typically the first in their family to go to college, have strong academic credentials and demonstrate a commitment to give back to their communities.
Awarded students receive a $25,000 scholarship to attend a university of their choice. In addition, scholarship recipients are encouraged to participate in Sun Scholar annual luncheons and workshops aimed at providing career and professional development assistance. Since the program was established in 2011, the Sun Scholars Program has awarded more than 480 students with over $10.5 million in scholarship funding.
Guang Yuan Charitable Foundation
Since 2008, the Sun Family Foundation has provided scholarships to underprivileged students in elementary, junior high school, senior high school, college and vocational schools throughout the country of Taiwan. In 2011, in memory of 戴廣源 (“Guang Yuan”), David Sun’s mother, the Sun Family Foundation formed the Guang Yuan Charitable Foundation located in Taipei, Taiwan.
With the help of teachers and administrators from schools all over the country, Guang Yuan Charitable Foundation (“GY Foundation”) identifies students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to continue their educational studies despite financial and personal hardship. GY Foundation provides these students with financial aid for educational fees, housing and living expenses.
Since 2008, GY Foundation and the Sun Family Foundation have awarded more than 7,000 students with over NT$385,424,383 (approximately $12.8 million USD) in scholarship funding. For more information about Guang Yuan Charitable Foundation, please visit their website at: http://www.gycf.com.tw.
Simon Scholars Program
The Sun Family Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Simon Family Foundation in support of their Simon Scholars Program. Beginning in 2020, the Sun Family Foundation has committed to providing a $1.75 million annual contribution to expand the reach of the Simon Scholars Program to eight new public high schools and 65 additional students per year in Orange County, California.
Simon Scholars is a unique scholarship program that begins at the end of a student’s sophomore year in high school and continues through the completion of college. It is designed to assist students facing difficult life and economic circumstances to excel academically and socially, which, in turn, enhances their ability to successfully complete a 4-year college degree and pursue a meaningful career.
During high school, students receive a laptop computer, networking skills and etiquette training, academic support, leadership training and community service opportunities. Simon Scholars are also provided with an intensive college preparatory program, which includes national college tours, assistance in the college application process and access to ACT and SAT coursework.
Following the completion of high school, Simon Scholars receive a $16,000 college scholarship to attend any accredited 4-year institution in the USA. Since its inception in 2003, the Simon Scholars Program has supported over 1,400 deserving students and awarded over $45 million in financial aid and program support. For more information about the Simon Scholars Program, please visit www.simonscholars.org.