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Domestic Students Scholarship
Recipient will be awarded 5,000 per person

Domestic Students Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Students of Chinese decent who is 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 the United States. 

  • Qualifying applicants are Southern California residents (using home address) who attend any universities or in the United States. Southern California region including Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

  • 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. High school Students who have not received enrollment letters are still encouraged to apply, but approval and award is in contingent of a qualified university enrollment.

  • 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 also 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.


  • Completed Application with required documents should be in scanned in good quality and in the order of application, Essay, ID/Passport/Via, Letters of Recommendation, Transcript, Tax Return and other supporting documents.

  • Completed applications with relevant documents should be submitted electronically via email in PDF format to Ms. Sonia Yang at (Please mark Application for Foreign/Domestic Scholarship in the subject line).The deadline for submission is no later than April 30th of the current year.

Selection and Timeline 

  • 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  in July of the current year. Students must attend the award ceremony on July 7, 2024 in person to receive the scholarship check.

Download 2024 Domestic Student Scholarship Application

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

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