Dr. Thomas Tam Scholarship


An immigrant from China, Dr. Thomas Tam received his BA in Physics from City College of New York, MA in Film-Making from Montclair State University, MPH from Columbia University School of Public Health, and Ph.D. in SocioMedical Sciences from Columbia University. An activist in the Asian American community, Dr. Tam initiated the 1971 Chinatown Health Fair and was a founding member of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (formerly known as the Chinatown Health Clinic). He was also the first director for Project AHEAD, the oldest continuing health careers training program focusing on Asian American health based in a community health center.


In 1989, Dr. Tam was appointed the first Asian American member of the Board of Trustees at City University of New York. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Tam was Executive Director of the Asian American/Asian Research Institute, City University of New York.


The Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation, in collaboration with the Dr. Thomas M.S. Tam Foundation, will annually award up to four scholarships of $500 each to honor Dr. Tam's legacy. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to community service, or their potential to serve as community health leaders.




Applicant Eligibility Criteria


Seniors anticipating completion of a high school diploma during academic year which application is made, and that are planning to pursue a degree in an accredited US post-secondary institution.



Application Process


To apply, please submit:
  • Official application form.
  • A personal statement not exceeding two pages that describes your educational achievements, current position, career goals, demonstrated commitment to improving community health, and your plans for using the scholarship. The scholarship should be used to help improve your skills and competencies for your current job, or to acquire new skills to achieve your career goals.
  • One letter of recommendation.


Applications submitted by email should be sent to btang@cbwchc.org. Applications submitted by mail should be addressed or hand delivered to:

TRC Scholarship
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
125 Walker Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013


For questions about the program, please call the Teen Resource Center at 212-226-2044 or contact us by e-mail at trc@cbwchc.org.


Print out the application form.