Press Releases

November 7, 2013

Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

APIASF Hosts Eighth Annual Scholarship Benefit in New York

Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future® Scholarship Benefit Celebrates APIASF's 10 Years of Making a Difference for Students, Families and Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2013) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA), hosted its eighth annual Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future Scholarship Benefit on November 6 in New York City. The event commemorated APIASF's 10th anniversary and recognized the founding organizations, supporters and scholarship recipients who have shaped the organization since its inception.

During the event, Macy's, Inc. received the Excellence in Education Award and Hilton Worldwide received the Inspiring Dreams Award. APIASF also presented the Higher Education Award to Dr. Doris Ching, Emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Hawai'i. Jim Johannesen, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Support Officer for McDonald's USA, served as the keynote speaker for the event and Don Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald's Corporation, provided special remarks.

"As APIASF celebrates its 10-year anniversary, we are pleased to be able to recognize two of our founding organizations as honorees," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Macy's and Hilton Worldwide have been extremely generous in their efforts to make a difference for APIA students through a decade of commitment to APIASF. Similarly Dr. Ching has been a tremendous leader who, outside of her outstanding career in higher education, has supported APIASF from the beginning."

More than 400 community leaders, corporate representatives and scholarship recipients attended the event to raise awareness about the need to support APIA students. The Scholarship Benefit raised more than half a million dollars to support APIASF's ongoing work to develop future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities and contribute to a vibrant America. In addition to the dinner, APIASF also hosted a free career workshop for students in the afternoon.

"This year marked an important milestone for APIASF as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary," said Horikoshi. "In addition to the important contributions of Macy's, Hilton Worldwide and Dr. Ching, the event recognized the role of all of our founding organizations, past and present leaders, Scholars and supporters who have helped make APIASF what it is today. In 10 short years, APIASF is succeeding in its mission to make higher education a reality for APIA students."

McDonald's and the Asian McDonald's Operators Association served as the presenting sponsors with Macy's, Inc. serving as the diamond sponsor for the event. In addition, Admerasia, USA Funds and Wells Fargo were the platinum sponsors and Target served as the gold sponsor for the 2013 Scholarship Benefit.

For details about APIASF's work to strengthen communities or the Scholarship Benefit, visit APIASF's website at Also, follow APIASF on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $70 million in scholarships to APIA students. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions scholarship program, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.