OCA understands the importance of supporting the next generation of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) and hosts a number of leadership development programs designed specifically for APA youth. Based on the belief that education is a process that begins at birth and continues throughout one’s life, OCA’s programs aim to create a solid foundation from which our youth can grow.
Since 1993, OCA has been providing assistance to deserving APA students to pursue their dreams of a higher education through the OCA Scholarship Program. Recognizing the lack of resources to quality education for underserved APA students, OCA has partnered with various foundations throughout the years that are committed in providing educational opportunities to their communities and the future generation of APA leaders.
The UF McNair Scholars Program, named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair (an African-American engineer, scientist and astronaut who perished in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger), exists to support undergraduate college students from low-income, first-generation and underrepresented backgrounds in their progress towards a Ph. D degree. Recipients design and conduct their own research project, receiving a $2,800 stipend for their work. Recipients will also receive the following benefits:
- Receive tutoring and academic assistance, if needed.
- Assistance with the graduate school application process.
- Assistance with finding financial aid for graduate school.
- Coaching on how to prepare for oral defenses.
- Professional workshops on how to make public posters/visual presentations.
- Gaining opportunities to publish your research.
- Attending graduate studies seminars and professional workshops.
- Traveling to National research and professional conferences.
- Graduate school application fee waivers.