July 14, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tia T. Gordon
Washington, D.C., July 14, 2011—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest nonprofit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), is awarding for the first-time ever $1.2 million in scholarships to more than 500 outstanding AAPI students for the 2011-12 academic school year. APIASF's scholarships—ranging from $2,500 to $8,000 individually—are given to well deserving high school and college students with which many of whom are the first in their family to attend college.
With a goal of providing a critical bridge to higher education for AAPI students across the country, APIASF's scholarships are intended to make a difference in the lives of AAPI students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education. The financial and supplemental programmatic benefits from the awards are meant to serve as a foundation for the students' future success and contributions to a stronger America.
More than half of the awardees come from families that live at or below the poverty level; other recipients are otherwise of low-socioeconomic status. All of the scholarship recipients have
placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as on maintaining solid academic achievement. In addition to representing 43 states, Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and American Samoa, scholarship recipients also belong to one of the 48 different racial categories (U.S. Census Bureau) within the AAPI community including Bangladeshi, Cambodian, Chamorro, Chinese, Filipino, Native Hawai’ian, Hmong, Indian, Korean, Laotian, Samoan, Vietnamese, and Yapese.
"Our primary focus is to provide scholarships to AAPI students and offer guidance, mentorship, and programs to facilitate their academic success, leadership, and professional growth," said APIASF President and Executive Director Neil Horikoshi. "It's a historic occasion for APIASF to be able to give over $1 million worth of awards in a single year to support our students through our general APIASF Scholarship Program. We want to always be able to serve as a clearinghouse of funding to support AAPI high school and college students in their educational endeavors."
The 2011-12 APIASF scholarship class will be attending more than 200 colleges and universities around the country. Many students plan to pursue various fields of study including anthropology, biology, dentistry, international relations, marketing, political science, sociology, social work, and even zoology. To learn more about AAPI college completion and student success, several scholarship recipients attended the recent 2011 APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (June 27-28), APIASF's annual higher education summit highlighting the many issues impacting AAPI students.
APIASF manages two scholarship programs: The general APIASF Scholarship Program and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. APIASF's general scholarship is funded by many corporate, foundation, nonprofit, and individual supporters including the Coca-Cola Foundation, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, Sodexo Foundation, UnitedHealth Foundation, USA Funds, Walmart Foundation, and Wells Fargo Foundation.
For details about APIASF's scholarship programs or for more information about the 2011 APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, visit APIASF's Web site at www.apiasf.org. Also, follow APIASF on Facebook (www.facebook.com/apiasf) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/apiasf).
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Since 2003, APIASF has provided a critical bridge to higher education for APIA students across the country by distributing more than $40 million in scholarships to students. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.