Press Release

First AWIB Scholarship Awards: 
Emerging Asian Women Leadership Initiative


New York, NY (January 07, 2009) - Six extraordinary young Asian women will be recipients of the first Asian Women In Business Scholarship Fund on Monday, January 12th at the AWIB Scholarship Awards Reception. Each winner receives $2500 and 2 round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines.

The six awardees were selected from two hundred (200) applicants across the country. Their academic success, leadership roles and commitment to their communities make them the best of the next generation of leaders

Recipients of the Asian Women In Business Scholarship Fund are:

  • Keiko Akashi- Senior, Class of 2009: CUNY Baruch Honors College in New York City. Major: International Marketing.
    With her vehement interest in international issues, Keiko is a passionate advocate for social justice across the globe. Keiko served as the Program Director/Secretary for the Golden Key Honors Society and Director of the Hurricane Katrina Fundraising Event. Keiko is leading fellow students on a mission to Ghana in April 2009 to combat the spread of malaria through a mosquito net distribution drive and will use part of her scholarship award for this purpose.

  • Eunji Kim- Junior, Class of 2010: Cornell University in New York. Major: Business Administration.
    Eunji’s leadership roles in her college community include serving as the Vice President for the Investment Club and Co-President of the Microfinance Club. Her ultimate goal is to be an international businesswoman, and aid others across the globe by utilizing her leadership skills and civic involvement. She will use the scholarship towards her educational expense.

  • Jennifer Liao- Junior, Class of 2010: Boston College in Massachusetts. Major: Accounting and Marketing.
    Jennifer’s leadership roles have included serving as the Secretary of the Asian Caucus and Co-President of the AHANA Management Academy. In her most recent role, Jennifer is part of the Cultural Diversity core team of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College to advocate for the implementation of an Asian American Studies Program, for equal representation of the Asian American student body. She will use her scholarship for educational expenses.
  • Ling Lin- Senior, Class of 2009: Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Major: Business and Technology.
    Ling has served as the President of the Chinese Student Association, Secretary of the Ethnic Student Council and the United Kingdom’s Co-Coordinator of the Overseas Chinese Student Volunteer Organization for the Beijing Olympics. Ling participated in the “Wishes from Abroad” project, collecting wishes from universities around the world and presented them to the Beijing Olympic Committee Organization Group. She will use her scholarship for educational expenses.
  • Kao Thao- Sophomore, Class of 2011: University of California at Berkeley. Major: American Studies and Integrative Biology.
    Some of Kao’s leadership roles include Executive Director of the Hmong Student Association and Student Community Representative on the Student Health Advisory Committee. Kao has been strong advocate for Women’s health issues, particularly in the Asian American community. She will utilize her scholarship to further and strengthen her commitment to community service.

  • Edlyn Yuen- Senior, Class of 2009: Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Major: Political Science and Classical Civilizations.
    Edlyn has served as the President of the Asian Student Union, College Government Senator, Public Speaking Tutor and Student Liaison for the Diversity Coalition. Edlyn plans to use the scholarship fund for purchasing supplies to create English audio tapes for grade school students in rural China. The other half of the fund will be utilized for creating a leadership manual for student leaders within the Asian American community at Wellesley College.


A student leadership workshop precedes the reception and attendees will join the reception.

Date: Monday, January 12, 2009

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Con Edison
4 Irving Place
19th Floor- Edison Room
Between East 14th and 15th Streets
New York, NY 10003


Asian Women In Business ( is the only nonprofit organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian women. AWIB sponsors conferences, workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics and holds frequent networking activities to enable members to make important business contacts.



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