The Laura Cha (Shi Mei Lun) Scholarship

In February of 2005, Laura Cha, former vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, contributed $700,000 to endow The Laura Cha (Shi Mei Lun) Scholarship at the Yale School of Management. This merit-based scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to MBA students from mainland China who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is awarded every other year so that one student gets his or her two-year MBA tuition fully covered by this scholarship.

China regularly factors into the research interests of faculty and students at Yale SOM. Key programs include the China Research Initiative at the International Center for Finance, which studies the history and current issues of market development in China and disseminates ideas for further economic and institutional reforms, and the Yale China Business Conference that the Greater China Club holds each year.

Laura Cha, a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Government, was the first person to join the Government of the People’s Republic of China at the vice-ministerial rank when she was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission in early 2001. She studied in America, receiving her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and J.D. from Santa Clara University.