About President Chao Nee Memorial Scholarship
President Chao Nee Memorial Scholarship was established on April 18, 1996, at the 20th Board Meeting of Cheng Kung Cultural Foundation (CKCF; 成功文化基金會), by Tsu-Wei Nee, Marian Tsu-Tsun (Nee) Chou, and Tsu-Jye Abraham Nee, in memory of their beloved father, Dr. Chao Nee. The impetus for this memorial scholarship was to create a lasting tribute to Dr. Chao Nee, who strongly believed in the importance of education. The scholarship is also a reflection of his deep love toward the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), where he taught and worked for 30 years, and retired as the President of the university in 1978.
CKCF in Tainan, Taiwan, managed President Nee Scholarship Fund using annual bank account interest to support this scholarship from 1996 to 2008. CKCF stopped its support due to the decreased bank interest. CKCF also failed in its legal attempt to make the changes using bank account principal instead of interest to support the scholarship.
Since 2009 the sole funding source of this scholarship has been the President Nee Scholarship Fund account being set up in National Cheng Kung University North America Alumni Association Foundation, Inc. (NCKU-NAAFI) in the U.S. in 1998. The CKU 1957 Class alumni did the first fundraising in 1998, and this fund has grown with continuous support and donation from N. America NCKU alumni and friends.
The President Chao Nee Memorial Scholarship Committee was organized in 1996 in U.S. to oversee the selection of scholarship recipients. Scholarship Committee members consist of NCKU alumni and a Nee family member who work voluntarily and with dedication. Every year, three recipients are usually selected to receive a check of $1,000 and a framed award certificate. A scholarship presentation ceremony is usually held at the National Cheng Kung University North America Alumni Association (NCKUAA-NA) local area meeting where the recipients’ parents reside.