CLACC Adds New Scholarship to Annual Program

Jane Jingyu Zhang, recipient of the inaugural CLACC Ambassador scholarship, is the student organization’s Public Relations Officer. Above is the Panda/Badger design she created for the CLACC t-shirt.

The Chinese Language and Culture Club (CLACC) unveiled a new scholarship at its annual spring fundraising banquet April 28.

The inaugural “CLACC Ambassador Scholarship” is intended to honor outstanding volunteer service to the student organization. This year’s award went to Jane Jingyu Zhang.

Jane, a Beijing native, is finishing her junior year at UW-Madison. She serves as the CLACC Public Relations Officer, and has devoted hours of her time to designing posters and t-shirts, along with filming and photographing CLACC events (that’s Jane managing the recording at the 2018 CLACC speech contest in the photo at right). Jane is a double major in visual arts and communication arts.


The annual CLACC spring banquet offers an opportunity for members of the community, alumni and faculty to interact with CLACC members. The keynote speaker at this year’s event was Engineering Professor John Pfotenhauer, who launched a summer program in 2008 that allows UW-Madison engineering students to take classes at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary last summer, and continues to thrive.

The CLACC banquet will also marked by the awarding of the third annual Chinese Language Learners Bridge Fund (CLLBF) to junior Farhat Bhuiyan. Farhat (see photo at right) is seeking a certificate in Chinese Professional Communication, along with majors in Business and Management.

Alums Jarrett Wiesolek (Class of 2011) and Ali Dibble (Class of 2012) launched the Bridge fund in 2016. CLLBF is designed to award scholarships to students who are passionate about learning Chinese and building bridges between UW-Madison and China.

The fund has topped its start-up goal of $10,000, which means it can now generate interest that will be awarded to students and the Chinese program in the UW-Madison’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. At its current level, the endowment will generate approximately $500 a year in interest.

For more information about CLLBF, contact Ali and Jarrett at this email address:

Click here to donate to the Chinese Language Learners Bridge Fund.

Click here to read the story about the first CLLBF scholarship recipient, Sydney Farmer.