Domestic Students Scholarship
Please Note the Deadline for Submission Has Changed to April 30, 2021
Recipient will be awarded 5,000 per person

Domestic Students Scholarship Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Chinese decent.

  • Must be enrolled to an accredited 4 year college, university or community college full time (No less than 12 units/semester or no less than 8 units/semester for students in a Master’s program) in Southern California.

  • Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Graduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7.

  • Graduating high school students who have been accepted by college must provide their acceptance letter.

  • Must have actual financial need and proof. Students must provide parent(s)’ tax return of the previous year. 

  • Applicant must show strong leadership, involvement in community and volunteer work, and excel in character and academics. (Please provide copies of awards and certificates if applicable)

  • Domestic students who study in community college are not eligible to apply.

Domestic Students Scholarship Application

  • Application form may be downloaded from the Morning Light Foundation website: or email to request one. Scroll down to download the application. 

  • Must provide proof of citizenship (Copy of U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate) or Permanent Resident card.

  • Must provide parent(s)’ most recent tax return. 

  • Must provide copy of official transcript from current school.

  • Must provide two letters of recommendation from professors/teachers. Additional recommendations from employer or mentor are also welcome.

  • Must provide an essay of 500 words or more on the topic “What does charity mean to me and why I need MLF’s scholarship.”

  • Applicant may provide copies of awards and certificates if applicable.

Selection and Timeline 

  • Completed applications with relevant documents should be submitted electronically via email in PDF format to Ms. Sonia Yang at between January 1st and March 31st of the current year (Please mark Application for Foreign/Domestic Scholarship in the subject line). Applications will not be accepted after April 30 of the current year.

  • Applications with relevant documents will be reviewed. Shortlisted students will be invited to attend an individual interview with the judges’ panel.

  • Successful scholarship recipients will be notified and awarded at a Recognition Ceremony most likely in May or June of the current year.

Download 2021 Domestic Student Scholarship Application

If you have any questions, please send an email to or
Call MLF Administrator, Sonia Yang at 626-703-2408 (cell).


Based in Los Angeles and founded in 2005, Morning Light Foundation (MLF)
is a non-profit charitable organization (IRC501c3 exempt organization)
dedicated to helping students with financial need both in China and in
Southern California. More than 5,000 university students with financial need
have been benefited from its scholarship program in China, hundreds of student-teachers are sponsored to teach in rural villages, and 30 elementary schools have been built in Guangxi, Jiangxi, Anhui and Hunan Provinces in China.

In 2015, MLF began offering scholarships to students of Chinese descent in the United States. First made available to international foreign students, the scholarship was then extended to domestic students in 2018. These scholarships offered by MLF are designed to help students with financial
need in pursuit of higher education.

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