Also-Known-As Adoptee Excellence Scholarship

Also-Known-As, Inc. is a New York-based national nonprofit adoptee organization that serves international adoptees and their families. Founded in 1996 by Hollee McGinnis, a Korean adoptee, it is the longest-running adoptee-led organization for adoptee services in the United States. The mission of Also-Known-As is to empower the voices of international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.   


Also-Known-As has established the first scholarship program of its kind to acknowledge and celebrate young dynamic adoptees attending college.


The Also-Known-As Adoptee Excellence Scholarship, sponsored by Also-Known-As, Inc., is offering a scholarship to outstanding undergraduate students and graduating high school seniors who are international adoptees, born in and adopted from another country. One individual will be awarded a $1500 scholarship to support their full-time study at an accredited institution.


The Adoptee Excellence Scholarship is open to international adoptees who demonstrate the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and civic engagement. Also-Known-As seeks candidates who have used their adoption story and formative youth experiences to lead, serve, and pursue a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities. 


International adoptees are invited to apply if they are U.S. citizens; age 25 or under; and plan to enroll full-time in 2021 at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States. Financial need will be considered. Also-Known-As is offering a merit scholarship to be awarded in June 2021.


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Annual Amount


Additional Selection Criteria



Applicants of the Also-Known-As Adoptee Excellence Scholarship must:

  • be a U.S. citizen and an international adoptee -- a U.S. citizen who was born outside of the United States and adopted from another country
  • be a current undergraduate student age 25 or under, or a high school senior who is graduating in the spring or summer of 2021
  • plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year

Application Process

Applicants must download the Scholarship application: 

Word doc:

PDF file:

Carefully review the instructions, and submit all required documents before the deadline.  This includes:

  • Experience resume
  • Four Essay Questions
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Personal Expression
  • Letter of recommendation

Application deadline is April 30, 2021 at 11:59PM EST and must be submitted via e-mail, to with the subject line:

Scholarship Application 2021:  Your Full Name.

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April 30, 2021

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