APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program
The APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program is a collaboration with AANAPISIs and the communities they serve to provide scholarships, expand institutional capacity and mobilize local resources to help foster economic development. The APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship is available annually to students attending APIASF AANAPISI partner campuses listed below.
Award Amount: $2,500 - $5,000
- Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census.
- Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.
- Be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-seeking program at one of the following institutions during the 2016 Spring Semester if your institution is on a semester system or the 2016 Winter Quarter if your institution is on a quarter system:
- American Samoa Community College
- California State University, East Bay
- California State University, Sacramento
- City College of San Francisco
- Coastline Community College
- College of Micronesia - FSM
- De Anza College
- Guam Community College
- Laney College
- Mission College
- Northern Marianas College
- Queens College, CUNY
- Richland College
- South Seattle College
- University of Guam
- University of Hawai'i at Hilo
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- Applied for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants do not necessarily need to be recipients of federal financial aid to be eligible for a scholarship from APIASF. Go to www.fafsa.gov for more information
- Please note the following:
- Full-time enrollment and degree-seeking status is defined by the guidelines set by the institution's Registrar's Office.
- Non-degree seeking students are NOT eligible to apply.
- Students who already have a bachelor's degree are NOT eligible to apply
- When you apply, you can be a part-time student, however, you must be enrolled full-time upon receipt of funding.
- Solely online students are not eligible to apply. If you are enrolled in online and on ground courses, no more than 1/2 of your courses can be online.
The APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program is supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Educational Testing Service, General Mills Foundation, Hilton Worldwide, Honda, USA Funds, Walmart Foundation, and Wells Fargo.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take to complete the application?
You could spend 1-2 hours on the application or 5+ hours depending on how long you take to write your three essays. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You create an account and can come back to the application over the span of the application cycle.
What is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to submit the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program Application is October 15, 2015 at 9:00 PM ET. This is the deadline for your Recommendation Letter as well.
How do I know that my application was received?
You will receive email notifications for each portion of your application that you submit. You will receive an email after you certify your portion of the application, an email after your Recommender submits his/her letter of recommendation, and an email once both your portion of the application AND the letter of recommendation have been received to confirm your application is complete.
I forgot my password, how do I access my application?
APIASF cannot recover lost passwords. Please go to the application site and click "Forgot your password?" for instructions on how to reset your password.
I missed the deadline, can I have an extension?
No, there will be no extensions. The APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Application was open from July 15, 2015 to October 15, 2015 at 9:00 PM ET. APIASF encourages all applicants to start their applications early to give themselves plenty of time to create a strong application.
Do I have to complete all the essay questions?
Yes, in order to have a complete application, you must complete all three of the essay questions on Tab 9 of the APIASF Scholarship application. If you do not complete all three essay questions, you will not be able to certify your application, and your scholarship application will be incomplete. For essay tips and application tips, please visit Application Resources.
Will I need to submit a transcript?
APIASF will not need a transcript for the application, but if you are selected to be a finalist for the scholarship, you may be asked to submit your college transcript.
I submitted my application but I noticed an error in my essay, can I update my application?
Once you have certified your application you cannot update any information in the application. If you would like to update your mailing address or phone number please email the update to firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a graduate student, can I apply?
No. At this time, APIASF only offers scholarships to students that are enrolling in an undergraduate program. Check out our list of Non-APIASF Scholarships for other scholarship opportunities for AAPIs.
Do I need a Letter of Recommendation?
Yes, the Letter of Recommendation is required for your application to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure that your recommender submit his/her letter by the deadline of October 15, 2015 at 9:00 PM ET. For tips on your Recommendation Letter, visit Application Resources.
Who qualifies as a Recommender?
Recommenders can be any adult who is familiar with the applicant's successes in a professional setting, whether it is academically (i.e. teacher, guidance counselor) or in the community (i.e. place of worship, supervisor at work). Relatives are not allowed to be recommenders.
Who should I pick to write my recommendation?
Your recommender should be able to speak to you in a positive manner. Choose a recommender that is able to highlight not only your accomplishments, but also your personality, motivations for education, passions, and character. Give the person writing the letter a sufficient amount of time to write a strong recommendation. Begin brainstorming who you would want to write the recommendation as soon as the application is available. Your recommender does not need to be a teacher or counselor. They can also someone from the community who can speak about your leadership and service. A relative may not serve as a recommender. Provide the recommender a chance to get to know you better; sit down and have a conversation with them about your goals and passions, family history, or provide them with a resume or the scholarship essays you have already written.
Does the recommendation letter have to be submitted before I can certify my application?
No. Your recommender will still be able to submit the letter of recommendation after you certify your application. Please note that the recommendation has to be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.
I submitted my application but my recommender has not submitted his/her recommendation letter. Can my application still be considered?
Without a recommendation your application is not complete. Please be sure to follow-up with your recommender to submit the recommendation letter by the application deadline.
My recommender never received an email. What do I do?
Ask your recommender to check his/her spam folder if they have not done so already. Because this is an automatically generated email, some email servers will redirect our email to the spam/junk folder. If your recommender did not find the email in their spam folder, please email us at email@example.com or have your recommender email us so we may assist you.
Can I send my recommendation letter to your office?
No, all documents and essays must be completed via the online application portal. Mailed or emailed letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
Where can I find more resources to help me create a strong application?
For tips on your application, essays, and letter of recommendation, visit Application Resources.
How do I submit my FAFSA/SAR?
You do not need to submit your Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA at the time of the application. If selected as a Finalist, APIASF will contact you with instructions on how to submit your SAR.
What is my FAFSA student aid report (SAR)?
After you submit your FAFSA, you'll get a Student Aid Report (SAR) that summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA. Click the following link for additional information about your FAFSA SAR: https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/student-aid-report#how-and-when
How do I get a PDF of my FAFSA student aid report (SAR)?
If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN and your FAFSA has been processed, you can login at FAFSA on the Web to view SAR information regardless of whether you filed the online or paper FAFSA or provided an e-mail address or not. On the "My FAFSA" page once you have logged in, select PDF version. Submit all pages of your SAR to APIASF through the online application portal or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not submit all pages, your application will not be considered.
How will I know that my application was received?
You will receive an email notification after you submit your application.
I haven't received any emails. Why?
To ensure that you receive all email notifications, please add email@example.com to your contacts list. This will prevent our emails from being redirected to your spam/junk folder.
When will I know if I am selected to receive an award?
Applicants who complete the application will receive an email notification by November 20, 2015 with their status and award notifications will be emailed by December 15, 2015.
When will I be notified if I did not receive an award?
Applicants who complete the application will receive an email notification by November 20, 2015 with their status.
Is the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship renewable?
Some scholarships are single year awards and some are renewable. If the scholarship is renewable, you will be notified at the time of the award and you will be contacted by APIASF during the summer with renewal instructions.
Is the scholarship award check made out to me or the school?
If selected to receive an APIASF scholarship, the award check is mailed directly to your institution.
Who may I contact if I have further questions?
You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1.877.808.7032 ext. 108.