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Tomorrow-iCAN

Supporting high-achieving, first-generation college students in China

LocationChina

Issue AreaEducation

Tax benefit eligibilityUS

Amount NeededGeneral Support Needed

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Our Mission

The Tomorrow-iCAN program supports high school students from low-income families who are striving to become first-generation college students.

The Need

Many deserving students lack access to necessary college prep courses, mentoring, and scholarships that will enable them to enroll in a top university.

The Solution

Tomorrow-iCAN provides scholarships, training courses, and long-term mentoring to enhance the students’ learning capability and confidence.

Our Impact

Since the program started in 2021, together with the local partners, we have raised a total of around USD $2.14 million. Tomorrow-iCAN has supported over 2,000 high school students.

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Program Details

Excellent Courses & Leading Supervisors

Students from top schools like Peking University volunteer to teach courses that enhance beneficiaries’ capabilities. Professors and teachers from these schools advise and mentor students throughout the program.

Early November 2023 will mark the start of prorgam workshop and teacher training in Beijing, empowering principals and leading teachers at program schools through expert lectures and exchange sessions. 

In upcoming winter vacation and summer vacations, volunteer mentors and leading supervisors will be invited to the program schools to hold lectures and have deeper communication with the program students. 

The program plans to launch a “Tomorrow Scholar” activity, which will invite 20-25 program beneficiaries currently enrolled at their dream universities to participate in an exchange trip to Hong Kong SAR for 5 to 6 days to broaden their horizons.   

Scholarship Funding

Students accepted into the program will receive a scholarship that grows as they continue to succeed: 

  • 2nd Year Student: 1600RMB/year 
  • 3rd Year Student: 2000RMB/year 

Program Updates

2023: The year 2023 marked a significant achievement for the Program, with 709 students taking the National College Entrance Examination. Among them, 529 students surpassed the admission score for first-tier universities, boasting an impressive 86% passing rate. Notably, 315 out of 389 high school graduates supported by Give2Asia also achieved scores meeting the criteria for entry into first-tier universities. A remarkable 73 of these successful candidates secured enrollment in prestigious institutions like Peking University and Tsinghua University. These accomplishments are especially noteworthy as all of these students are trailblazers in their families, being the first generation to attend college, promising a transformative future for them. 

2022: The 2022 Fall semester witnessed the expansion of the program to accommodate 1400 students across 47 high schools spanning Henan, Xinjiang, and Gansu, four provinces. 

2021: The journey of the Tomorrow-iCAN Program began in the Fall semester of 2021, benefiting 630 students across 23 high schools in Henan province and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. 

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Advisory Committee

Carter Tseng (Chair)
Co-founder of Microtek, President of Give2Asia China, co-founder of Tomorrow Program
Chihming Ho
UCLA Vice President, Founder of Tomorrow Program
Tricia Lin
Co-founder of Tomorrow Program, 1st Director during 2008-2020
Haixia (Alice) Zhang​
Professor of Peking University, Founder of iCAN & iCANX, Founder and Execution Leader of Tomorrow-iCAN​
Carol Xiaoqing Yang​
Vice President of Give2Asia, China Chief Representative, Co-founder of Tomorrow-iCAN​

About Give2Asia

Give2Asia is a trusted partner for international philanthropy and the leader in donor-advised giving to the Asia-Pacific. Our mission is to strengthen communities in Asia by making cross-border giving easier and more effective. Since 2001, Give2Asia has facilitated more than US$535 million of charitable grants across 30+ countries.

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