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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Ben Huang

Thanks for letting me know about this, Calvin. I've forwarded the information to a student of mine at USC whom I think is a strong candidate.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!



Thanks, Ben. Really appreciate the support!

Michael Lu

I am friend of Curtis at Chicago. I knew him from Tammy Duckworth's campaign for congressman this year.

It is a touching story behind this foundation. I wish the foundation will inspire and help those young generations with positive attitude toward this society after their graduation.

Over all, Let us salute to whoever put energy and time on this foundation. Thank you.

Respectfully regard,

Michael Lu
Chicago, IL


Michael, thanks for the words of support. While it's a family effort here, the Foundation wouldn't be what it is without people like you and Grant spreading the word, encouraging us, and giving us the financial resources to make this all happen. And we can't forget all the great people at AAPIP too!



I saw this scholarship opportunity on my ucla homepage just had to check out this website. Though my parents have not worked in a restaurant in years, and I won't be applying for the scholarship myself, I really applaud the foundation's effects. This scholarship will help a student who has struggled, but yet kept working hard even when financial odds are against them. I'm glad all of you had a happy thanksgiving and because of your kindness, a student will have another thing to be thankful for this holiday season. Cheers!


Hi Linda,

Thanks for the very nice words of support. We all think of the Foundation as a continuation of the life's work of our parents; and the scholarship is a gift of hope and help to students working hard to realize their dreams.

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