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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: "How can TCM practitioners make traditional Chinese herbal decoctions relevant to their patients' modern lifestyle?"

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

  • $2,000 nuherbs Scholarship

Megan Ganatta of Yo San University, Los Angeles, CA

  • $1,500 Herbal Times Scholarship

Jason Salim of Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science, Oakland, CA

  • $1,000 Jade Dragon Scholarship

Nathalie Basile of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, Asheville, NC

2017 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. Christian Hoffert L.Ac. is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Before practicing acupuncture, Christian worked in the Natural Foods Industry specializing in the development and distribution of botanical extracts and nutraceuticals as well as assisting companies in the formulation of their nutritional supplements.

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. After many years of private practice in traditional Chinese medicine in Southern California, Natha has returned to Thailand, where she is currently based.

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:

2016    2015    2014    2013

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