The deadline for 2021 CAAA Scholarship applications will be June 15, 2021.
CAAA is proud to present the scholarship program for 2021! As a non-profit 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.
Please note that none of the essay prompts have changed since 2019. Students who applied in 2020 can submit applications that are largely similar to last years, but we request that you please update for new experiences! If you applied for a scholarship in the past and are again applying this year, please submit new, original essays for this year's scholarship. Scholarships will not be awarded in 2021 if the 2021 Assessment Test is not held.
Who may apply?
Students who fulfill all five (5) of the following criteria:
- Students of abacus and mental arithmetic who were enrolled in school grade 6 or above (2020/21 school year).
- Students of abacus and mental arithmetic who have taken the annual assessment test, in one of two subject areas, abacus or mental arithmetic, in 2019 and will take the assessment test in 2021.
- Students who have passed the abacus and/or mental arithmetic assessment test, including the 2021 Annual Assessment Test, with grade level 2 or higher.
- Students who have been recommended by a member teacher of CAAA.
- Past scholarship winners may not apply for a scholarship of the same category.
- 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 in 2019, will take the assessment test in 2021, and have passed or will pass grade level 2 or higher.
- Complete all required supplemental material (i.e. essays). Compose two (2) short essays that answer the following prompts. Limit your response to 500 words per essay.
Essay Prompt #2 (required): 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?
3. Submit your completed application form and supplemental material electronically by Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:59 PM PDT.
4. Request a letter of recommendation from your current instructor, who will submit the recommendation directly to CAAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Applications must be received electronically by Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:59 PM PDT to be considered. No exceptions.** CAAA will not be held responsible for providing confirmation upon the receipt of applications. Please visit the FAQ if you need further clarification, or send your inquiries to email@example.com.
- 50% of the final score will be based on originality, creativity, style, and how well the applicant embraced the essay prompts.
- 45% of the final score will be based on the last 3 consecutive assessment test scores.
- 5% of the final score will be based on the strength of the letter of recommendation.
Scholarships will be awarded to the finalists. Each scholarship recipient will also receive a certificate and be recognized at the Annual Assessment Test & Scholarship Award Ceremony in his/her testing region (if such a ceremony is held). Please note that scholarships will not be awarded if the 2021 Assessment Test is not held.