2020 CAAA Scholarship Application
CAAA is proud to present the scholarship program for 2020! As a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the rich cultural heritage of the abacus, CAAA awards scholarships annually to eligible abacus and mental arithmetic students. It is our mission to encourage and reward students who have shown outstanding performance and growth over the years.

Top finalists will be selected to receive scholarships.

Please note that if the 2020 CAAA Assessment Test is not held, scholarships will not be awarded.
Scholarship Application Overview
Award:

Top finalists will be selected to receive scholarships. Each scholarship recipient will also receive a certificate and be recognized at the Annual Assessment Test and the CAAA Scholarship Award Ceremony in their testing region.

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Who may apply?

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must fulfill all five (5) of the following criteria:
1.) Students of abacus and mental arithmetic who are enrolled in school grade 6 or above.
2.) Students of abacus and mental arithmetic who have taken the annual assessment test, in one of two subject areas, abacus or mental arithmetic, for 3 consecutive years, including the 2020 Annual Assessment Test.
3.) Students who have passed the abacus and/or mental arithmetic assessment test, including the 2020 Annual Assessment Test, with grade level 2 or higher.
4.) Students who have been recommended by a teacher of CAAA.
5.) Past scholarship winners may not apply for a scholarship of the same category.

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Application Process:

1.) Complete the application form to its entirety. You may apply for only one type of scholarship, either abacus or mental arithmetic, not both. You must have taken the annual assessment test in the subject area for which you are applying for 3 consecutive years, including the 2020 Annual Assessment Test, and have passed grade level 2 or higher.
2.) Complete all required supplemental material (i.e. essays).
3.) Submit completed application form and supplemental material electronically.
4.) Request for a letter of recommendation from your current instructor who will submit the recommendation directly to CAAA.

The application consists of the following components:
1.) Student information
2.) Past testing results for 2019 and 2018
3.) Two (2) Essays
4.) Teacher recommendation

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The essay component of this application consists of the following prompts:

Essay Prompt #1: My Experiences with Abacus/Mental Math

Essay Prompt #2: Write a letter to your past self. Think back to the time when you were beginning to learn the abacus and mental math. If you were to write a letter to send back in time to your younger self, what would you say? What advice and encouragement would you give?

Each applicant will be required to submit Essay Prompt #1, and Essay Prompt #2. The maximum word limit for each of the essays is 500 words. As the prompts have not changed, if you have applied for a scholarship in previous years, please do not use the same essays this year.

Note: Responses on this form cannot be saved. We recommend that you compose your essays in a text editor (i.e. Microsoft Word), and copy the text into this form when you are ready to submit your application.

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Judging:

1.) 50% of the final score will be based on originality, creativity, style, and how well the applicant embraced this year's essay prompts.
2.) 45% of the final score will be based on the last 3 consecutive assessment test scores.
3.) 5% of the final score will be based on the strength of the letter of recommendation.

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Application Deadline:

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

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For questions or concerns, please contact CAAA at caaa.scholarship@gmail.com.
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