Welcome Message

Neil Horikoshi

Welcome to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).

For nearly 10 years, APIASF has worked to mobilize resources that create opportunities for deserving Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students to access, complete and succeed after post-secondary education. During that time, APIASF has not only provided the critical access to higher education that AAPI students need, but it has helped develop future leaders who excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and contribute to a vibrant America.

While many people overlook the needs of AAPI students and mistakenly assume that all AAPI students are financially well-off and high-achieving academically, the truth is that many AAPI groups experience some of the lowest high school graduation and college degree attainment rates in America. Additionally, nearly half of AAPIs enrolled in higher education are attending community colleges.

Not only is APIASF the largest provider of college scholarships for AAPI students in the country, but it has become a national voice for students by partnering with the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) to provide disaggregated data and by hosting the annual Higher Education Summit to ensure that AAPI students are represented in America's national education agenda.

I hope that you will explore the many resources we have available on our site to learn more about the AAPI community, APIASF's programs and services, and the difference that we are making in communities across the country and in the Pacific Islands. Thank you for your interest and support!

Sincerely,

Neil Horikoshi
APIASF President & Executive Director