Press Release

Asian Women in Business Announces
the 2nd Annual AWIB Scholarship Awards Ceremony:
Six Asian Women Undergraduates Will be Recognized as
the Next Generation of Leaders


New York, NY (December 29, 2009) - Asian Women In Business (AWIB) is proud to announce that six outstanding Asian women College undergraduates have been selected to receive the 2009 AWIB Scholarship. Established in 2006, the AWIB Scholarship Fund is unique, as it focuses on promoting and developing Asian females to become our future leaders.

The 2009 Scholarship recipients will receive $2500 each, plus two round-trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines. The scholarships will be given out on January 5, 2010 at a reception and ceremony from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Con Edison, 4 Irving Place (14th Street), in New York City. AWIB members, supporters and members of the press are invited.

The AWIB Scholarship is listed as one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarships for Asian women by Financial Aid Finder. Candidates must meet a list of requirements that includes two personal essays and references that support their achievements as leaders. Each application goes through several rounds of reviews and scoring, and ultimately six are carefully selected. The scholarship allows students to continue to pursue volunteer endeavors that might not be possible without funding, or enable them to see their entrepreneurial or leadership projects come to fruition.

The 2009 AWIB Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Melanie Chow, Brown University, Class of 2011 - Major: English; History of Art & Architecture
    As Editor-In-Chief of Visions, the Asian American Art and Literary magazine at Brown, Melanie understands the importance of creating a voice for the Asian community. Visions represent the shared heritages, cultures, ethnicities and varying political beliefs and opinions of the Asian Community. Under her leadership, VISIONS has jumped from 800 readers to more then 1200 within one semester.
  • Leah Dion, Mount Holyoke College, Class of 2010 - Major: Biology
    As a Board Member of C.A.U.S.E. (Creating Awareness and Unity for Social Equality), Leah teaches others that community service is a crucial part of the college experience because it teaches lessons that can not be learned in the classroom. She also leads a group of volunteers to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home to visit and provide friendship to discharged veterans, on a weekly basis.
  • Tian Tian Feng, University of Maryland, Class of 2011 - Major: International Business & Supply Chain Management
    As part of her leadership role as VP of Advocacy for Society for Green Business, she drafts proposals for a new and more efficient recycling system at the University of Maryland and works with local businesses to encourage recycling. One of her green initiatives also recently won Ernst &Young’s Your World, Your Vision competition at the Maryland level.
  • Amy Kao, Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2012 - Major: Business Administration
    As the recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania Teen American, Amy leveraged this responsibility to volunteer at a battered women’s shelter to converse and become a mentor to young girls within the shelter. She devotes her time to working with these girls in regaining confidence and changing their self-image. It was through this experience that she founded People-to-People, which works with the Pittsburgh ONE STEP program to surround abuse children with positive influences and friends that care.
  • Tasmiha Khan, Wesleyan University, Class of 2012 - Major: Neuroscience and Behavior
    She transformed a baby-sitting program at a religious organization into an interactive school-like program called, Junior Muslim Ummah of America. Through this program she tutors and engages children in productive activities, and was in charge of creating lesson plans, activities and quizzes to promote fun learning. She knew her efforts made an impact when a student came up to her after class one day, hugged her and said “Thank you Ms. Khan, you don’t know how much it means to me to learn from you.”
  • Li Wang, Cornell University, Class of 2010 - Major: Biology & Applied Economics and Management
    As a Peer Mentor of BOLD (Business Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity), Li was part of a team that delivered solar panel power generation systems and laptop computers to schools in small villages of Western Kenya. Li is also co-Founder of Ithaca Free Clinic Initiative that serves to educate the local community on health insurance and medical care options.

The AWIB Scholarship Fund is supported by generous donations from our corporate partners, Board of Directors, program fees generated from AWIB’s Annual Born to Lead Conference and individuals. The generosity of AWIB Scholarship Fund supporters allow us to provide these scholarships to students who will continue to make a difference in their communities. AWIB accepts donations to the Scholarship Fund year-round, which is fully tax-deductible. For complete information on the AWIB Scholarship Fund, visit

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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