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2019 Ascend Executive Scholarship to Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Scholarship Description

Ascend is the largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries. Ascend serves as the premier professional organization dedicated to enabling its members, corporate partners and the professional Pan-Asian community to leverage the leadership and global business potential of Pan-Asian professionals worldwide.

In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ascend created the Asian American Executive Program to accelerate the development of global business leadership skills for executives at US and Canadian companies. As a first of its kind executive program for high-achieving Pan-Asian leaders, the program strives to address the disparity between the number of Pan-Asians in the corporate workforce and those in executive positions.

In 2019 the Ascend Asian American Executive Program Scholarship was established with the dual purpose of making the Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business more accessible to the community and to encourage more involvement of the executives in both the Ascend Community and the Community at their respective organizations.

As part of Ascend’s commitment to helping develop and advance professional Asian American leaders and assist the Pan-Asian community, the Ascend Foundation can award up to six scholarships annually. The scholarship award will cover 50% of the program fees. Program fees includes tuition, private accommodations, all meals and course materials.


Eligibility for the scholarship is based on the following

Applicants must:

  • Be accepted into the 2019 Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Commit to attend the 2019 Asian American Executive Program and have paid in full the program fees by Stanford University’s invoice deadline
  • Be an employee of an US or Canadian company working and living in the US or Canada
  • Commit to help with an Asian Community initiative within their own company that is approved by their company Human Resource or Chief Diversity Officer
  • Commit to an Ascend Leadership initiative, agreed to by Ascend, that benefits the external Asian Community
  • Depending on the selected initiatives, agree to complete the two required commitments within 12-24 months of completing the 2019 Asian American Executive Program (August 30th 2020)

Scholarships are awarded based on proposed initiatives which are evaluated for their impact, feasibility, and creativity. Where possible, clear sets of metrics that are visible to the community and respective company are strongly recommend. Scholarship winners will be required to:

  1. Provide a detail plan for the two selected initiatives by September 30, 2019
  2. Provide quarterly written status updates on the two selected initiatives. The Ascend Board may request additional information and/or request a teleconference update.
  3. A final summary report of the results and impact of your two initiatives no later than August 30th, 2020.
  4. Be available to present your initiative accomplishments at the 2020 Ascend National Convention.

Ascend reserves the right to not award any scholarships. Scholarship awards are based upon the availability of funds and qualifying criteria. The Ascend Foundation will pay the scholarship funds directly to the recipient’s sponsoring company.


Key Dates:

  • Applications opens April 3rd, 2019
  • Applications closes June 21st, 2019
  • June-July 2019: Candidates may be invited for an interview by the Ascend Scholarship Committee
  • Scholarship recipient will be announced during the August 4th, 2019, Asian American Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Submit an Application

Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business

If you have any questions, please contact scholarships@ascendleadership.org

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