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Nuherbs would like to thank all the participants who submitted entries for the scholarships this year. We greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into sharing with us your thoughts, dreams, and plans for the future. The judges enjoyed reading the variety of thoughtful and well-written stories and experiences. Your spirit and commitment to Traditional Chinese Medicine is an inspiration to all members of our community. It is our honor to support the future leaders of our industry. We look forward to seeing great things from all of you as the years unfold!

This year's scholarship question was: "With the current popularity of natural health products and remedies, there is a plethora of products on the market to choose from. How will you help to set traditional Chinese herbal medicine apart from the rest and make it a household remedy?"

You may read this year’s scholarship recipients’ entries here:

  • $2,000 nuherbs Scholarship

Lindsay Williamson of Pacific College of Oriental medicine, San Diego, CA

  • $1,500 Herbal Times Scholarship

Amberlee Gustafson of Five Branches University, Santa Cruz, CA

  • $1,000 Jade Dragon Scholarship

Olga Swagerty of American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Houston, TX

2018 Judges:

Robyn "Ra" Adcock, L.Ac. is the first acupuncturist on staff at UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital and at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she works in pediatric oncology and clinical research. She serves as the Executive Director & CEO of the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA). Her life’s work is focused on developing sustainable acupuncture programs in hospitals and corporate settings, driving forward acupuncture and herbal medicine research, and creating high-paying jobs for the profession.

Dr. Natha Surinsuk, L.Ac. grew up in Thailand, where she learned and practiced Eastern philosophy, massage, and herbal medicine at a very young age. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she went on to complete her Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Natha currently practices traditional Chinese medicine in Southern California.

Jill Morgyn is a graduate of AIMC Berkeley, where she later served on staff as the Herb Buyer and Pharmacy Manager. She had a private practice in Hong Kong the past two years on staff at Dr. Lauren Bramley and Partners and at Stanley Wellness Center. She currently lives in Taiwan, where she is enrolled in Mandarin language studies.

Thank you to all who participated, especially this year’s winners, who demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to our TCM community. We cannot wait to see the contributions they will make during their career as committee members working to create/change legislation, translators of key Chinese publications into English for the Western audience, travelers abroad to gain first-hand knowledge from China, and researchers who conduct studies and publish their findings to broaden the understanding and acceptance of TCM in the modern world. We are grateful in advance for the work these folks will do during the course of their careers to benefit all of us in the field of Chinese medicine.

All of us at Nuherbs

Read some of the moving essays from past years’ winners:

2017    2016    2015

If you have any questions, email scholarships@nuherbs.com.