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Young Achiever Award (YAA)

2022 MJSTASE Young Achiever Award Accepting Applications

Established in 1994, the annual Monte Jade Young Achiever Award (YAA) has recognized more than 300 outstanding Chinese-American high school students, in their junior and senior years, for their exceptional achievement in the following categories:

  • Academic Excellence

  • Leadership

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • Special Talent

  • Community Service

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Inspiration

  • Other Merits

The online application for YAA 2022 starts on July 23 and the applicants need to submit all required documentation by September 16. The YAA recipients will be announced in the first week of October and will be invited to the award presentation ceremony at the  MJSTASE 2022 annual conference, to be held in November. Their photos and bios will be featured in the MJSTASE annual Yearbook.

The YAA application is similar to most of the college application requirements. Applicants may take advantage of this opportunity to have an early start in the preparation of college application.

The YAA is made possible by our sponsors who believe in Monte Jade's core value in nurturing and developing the next-generation leaders.

Submission and Deadlines


We will start accepting YAA online applications on July 23, 2022. Applicants need to submit the required documentation no later than 11:59 pm, September 16, 2022. Conventional delivery, via USPS, UPS or FedEx, of recommendation letters and/or transcripts need to be postmarked by September 16, 2022.


After submitting the form, you are still allowed to come back to make changes until September 16.

Applicants should use one of the following two ways to submit the supporting documents:


  • Drop the files (in Word, pdf or jpg/png format) to the Google Drive folder assigned to the applicant; the link will be emailed to you after the online application form is submitted, or,

It is preferred that recommendation letters and transcripts be electronically mailed to directly from your school and/or teacher/coach. However, if email is not possible, please mail the documents to:

Mr. Jeffrey Yiin
Attn: MJSTASE 2022 YAA
3591 Strath Dr.
Alpharetta, GA 30005


MJSTASE Young Achiever Award Committee, consisting of five judges, will review the applications to decide the award recipients. The final award recipients will be announced in the first week of October, 2022.

Submission and Deadlines

Important Notes


  • Applications from previous Young Achiever Award recipients will not be accepted.

  • All the award recipients are required to attend the award presentation rehearsal ceremony at the MJSTASE 2022 Annual Conference, which is planned for early November this year. The award will not be given to the absentees.

  • Talent performance at the award ceremony is highly encouraged for the award recipients. 


  • Young Achiever Award is open to the children of the MJSTASE members. If the parents are not members, one of them needs to join MJSTASE by clicking Here.


Required Documentation

Applicants need to submit the following supporting materials to be considered:

  • The online application form

  • A recommendation letter from your high school teacher or counselor

  • A recommendation letter from an extracurricular teacher/coach

  • A copy of your most recent high school transcripts

  • An essay in 500 words or less summarizing your achievements, leadership skills, community service, and future career goals

  • A resume

  • A brief bio in 100 words or less for MJSTASE Annual Conference Yearbook

  • A three-minute video clip to introduce yourself, your interests, hobbies, and future goals (be creative!!)

  • A video clip, recording, pictures, other relevant media or a combination of these items that pertain to your artistic discipline (Special Talent Award applicants only)

  • A copy of your SAT, ACT, or PSAT score

  • A digital copy of a recent photo (passport size: 1.3" width preferred)


Past Winners

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