May 5, 2011
On May 5, Southern California Edison hosted a special reception to help raise awareness of an important organization that is providing a critical service to the students in the Southern California community. The reception recognized the work of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students, and helped raise awareness of the barriers faced by underserved students. The reception highlighted the most recent recipients of the APIASF / Southern California Edison scholarship, and was attended by community and corporate leaders, and Ted Craver, Chairman and CEO, Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE).
"Education is one of our company's most important philanthropic priorities. The work of APIASF helps to ensure that the most vulnerable and underserved students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of higher education," said Ted Craver. "Our partnership with the organization solidifies a commitment to support efforts that provide promising students with the means to create opportunities for the future."
According to a 2010 report produced through a partnership between APIASF and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), there are many ethnicities within the APIA community experiencing rates of poverty higher than the national average with some ranking among the lowest in the nation. In addition to the higher rates of poverty, the report identifies several ethnicities that have been traditionally underserved with lower than average educational attainment rates. To help address the needs of these students, APIASF and Edison International developed the APIASF/ Southern California Edison scholarship program to support low-income, first generation students in their efforts to pursue higher education. The APIASF / Southern California Edison program has provided more than $170,000 in support to help deserving students within SCE's service areas have the financial resources needed to obtain a post-secondary degree.