SKAC Foundation

  • Mission
    The Mission of The Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Foundation ("The SKAC Foundation") is to honor the values of restaurant owners Shui Kuen and Allen Chin through supporting the educational aspirations of children of workers in the Asian/Pacific Islander food service industry in the United States of America.
  • History/genesis
    The selfless commitment and hard work of Shui Kuen and Allen Chin, co-owners and operators of Chung's, a well-known Chinese restaurant in the greater Detroit area, allowed their six children to successfully complete post-secondary education and pursue a diverse range of career paths. With pride, the Chins regularly shared news of their children's latest accomplishments with long-time and new restaurant customers alike. On October 11, 2005, Allen Chin lost his life on his way to the restaurant. Shui Kuen Chin survived the car accident and provided encouragement to her children as they sought to turn the family tragedy into something positive. The result is The Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Foundation.
  • Supporting educational aspirations
    The Chin children have decided that The SKAC Foundation's support of educational aspirations will take the form of an annual scholarship award program to be known as The SKAC Scholarship. Subject to change, two (2) annual scholarships of $1,000 will be made.

Scholarship Timeline

Previous Scholarship Recipients

  • 2010: Van Nguyen, University of Chicago
    2009: Emily Chin, San Francisco State University
    2008: Connie Bi, UC Davis
    2006: Sarin Prakobwanakit, UCLA
    Linda Cheng
    Nikki Lac, Seattle University

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Paulina Ho

Hi Calvin

I barely got on this website today, and i'm so touched by your story and am so amazed that you started this foundation. The relevance of this foundation to the Asian community will really open this generation's eyes in order to successfully engage themselves as leaders and amongst other issues. i lost my brother a few months ago, and it was also very sudden. it's so hard to lose someone so close to you, to lose a family member. i still struggle with it every day. I wish i could do something in his rememberance as you have with your father, but i don't even know where to start! but seeing you do this has really inspired me. As long as we don't forget them, their spirits are still with us and theyre at peace now. I wish all the best to you and your family, and stay strong!




I'm deeply touched by your story and words of support and understand that daily stuggle you must be going through missing your brother.

Reaching just one person like you or helping one student this year, makes us feel Dad's still with us and that our parents' life's work can continue. We hope the Foundation can live up to them as a tribute and to the admiration and respect that you and others have honored us with.

The Foundation is of the community as well as for the community.


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