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Nuherbs would like to thank all the participants who submitted entries for the scholarships this year. We received many high-quality entries; thank you for your time and effort writing to share with us your thoughts, dreams, and plans for the future. The judges enjoyed reading so many varied stories and are encouraged by the overall spirit and commitment to the medicine shown by members of our community. It is our honor to support future leaders in our industry and we look forward to seeing great things from all of you as the years unfold!

This year's scholarship question was: "How would you contribute to the wider TCM community, beyond being a great practitioner?"

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

  • $2,000 nuherbs Scholarship

Shinei Gibbs of Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • $1,500 Herbal Times Scholarship

Alyssa Barba of Daoist Traditions, Asheville, NC

  • $1,000 Jade Dragon Scholarship

Julia Lee of American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA

2016 Judges:

Mr. Wilson Lau, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Nuherbs. Mr. Lau is responsible for reinstating the Nuherbs Scholarship Program. As the third generation involved in Nuherbs he has been surrounded by herbs and Chinese Medicine since infancy. He currently is the Chair of the board of the American Herbal Products Association. Mr. Lau can be seen at most major trade shows and conferences promoting Chinese Medicine.

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’s Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program and later held a position as the Manager and Buyer of the school’s herbal pharmacy. She now lives in Hong Kong where she practices acupuncture and TCM as a member of the medical team at Dr. Lauren Bramley & Partners.

Thank you to all who participated, and especially to this year’s winners, who demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to contribute to our wider TCM community during their career by sitting on committees, working to create/change legislation, perform translation of key Chinese publications into English for Western audience access, travel abroad to gain first-hand knowledge from China, and conduct and publish research for the greater 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:


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