The council is a non-profit private organization, whose goal is to promote better understanding between the United States, China and Taiwan. The CIC supports educational exchange programs in the arts, humanities and sciences. The CIC provides support to educational foundations and scholarships, awards of excellence, conferences and seminars and scholarly and professional collaborations. $3,900 will go towards the student’s college education and $1,100 will go towards travel, lodging and registration costs for the student to attend AAJA’s national annual convention in August 2014 in Washington, D.C. Depending on the winner’s area of study, the student will also be paired with a professional print, online or broadcast mentor at the convention to help them network.