Alvin Shin Memorial Scholarship

PLEASE NOTE: The current deadline for submissions for the Fall 2019 quarter is August 15th, 2019.

Alvin ShinIt’s a tired cliche` that “you can’t be a comic without pain”; that we’re just a community of outsiders, forever watching and commenting on society without being a part of it. The word that often gets overlooked in that generalization though is community. Comedy IS a community; a tightly-knit group of people, banded together by the common experience of trying to find humor in… well, the “common experience”. Laughter is cathartic; every time we laugh at the darkness, it seems to get a little lighter.

On December 5th, 2014, Flappers comedian Alvin Shin succumbed in his battle with depression… and we lost a bit of that light. All of us in the Flappers family were deeply saddened by the loss of such a bright young comedic voice, and it is in his memory that we are proud to announce the creation of the Alvin Shin Memorial Scholarship.

Alvin was driven by a hunger for knowledge when it came to comedy; as a student in our Flappers University program, he was forever asking questions and striving to become a well-informed comedian. It is in Alvin’s spirit that we dedicate this scholarship, and will seek out like-minded individuals to help on their educational path. Once per calendar quarter, a full scholarship will be awarded by Flappers University to a comedian to be used towards a 6-week class in stand-up comedy (any level). Flappers Comedy Club and Flappers University staff will evaluate candidate submissions on the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Desire to learn
  • Comedic potential
  • Participation within the Flappers comedy community

To submit for consideration for the Alvin Shin Memorial Scholarship, please email us at with the subject line “Alvin Shin Memorial Scholarship”. Tell us why you feel you would benefit from this scholarship – or nominate a friend!.

And, simply because it would have made Alvin laugh… we’ll give extra consideration to any comic who’s dropped out of medical school. Our favorite Alvin joke:

“I didn’t drop out of medical school – I got KICKED OUT of medical school. I wish I’d dropped out… because ‘dropped out’ sounds so much more alpha. ‘Getting kicked out’ doesn’t even use an active verb!”Alvin Shin