Nuherbs 2018 TCM Scholarships

Nuherbs® Co. wishes to thank everyone who made our 2018 Nuherbs Co. Chinese Medicine Scholarship Program possible, in particular the participating schools. These scholarships recognize the future leaders of our growing Chinese medicine community in the United States. Without the support of the practitioners that uses our products and the people that they are helping, this scholarship program would not be possible. Together, we are building the future of Chinese medicine in America.

This year, students from 40 schools across the nation participated. Evaluation criteria were based on the students written responses to a short essay question, as well as their commitment to their schools and communities. This year's 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?"

Scholarships are awarded specifically to assist with tuition at a traditional oriental medicine institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Every participant will receive a $30 gift certificate from Nuherbs Co.

To be eligible, you must be a current student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and attend a participating school. The 2019 Scholarship Program will be announced later this winter.

2018 scholarships tcm

2018 Scholarship Program Poster

2018 Nuherbs Co. Chinese Medicine Scholarship Recipients

  • $2,000 Nuherbs Scholarship

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

  • $1,500 Herbal Times Scholarship

Amberlee Rose Gustafson of Five Branches University, Santa Cruz, CA

  • 1,000 Jade Dragon Scholarship

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

Read some of the moving essays from past years' winners: 2016 and 2017. If your school wishes to participate in the 2019 Nuherbs Scholarship Program, email



2018 Judges

Robyn "Ra" Adcock, L.Ac., is the first acupuncturist on staff at UCSF Benioff Children's 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, 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