2006 Thank You Notes

The following are thank you notes and e-mails APIASF received from 2006 scholarship recipients, parents and counselors during the Spring of 2006.

Mogethin and karimager (thanks) for everything! These awards will serve as catalysts in terms of the furtherance of post-secondary academic and workforce aspirations in our island! This is wonderful news, and I am overjoyed that five of our finalists have been bestowed the honor of selection as 2006 APIASF scholars! I will share this wonderful news with the students as well as with the community!

Keith Sieg

I want to thank you for choosing me as an awardee out of the thousands of applicants. Would you please let me know the amount of the award and if there is anything else I need to do…. Thank you again for this opportunity. Aloha,

Daniel Place
Kaunakakai, HI

Hi There!!!! Thank you so much for confirming Dannah Gonzales recipient of APIASF Scholarship. It would be a great help for her college education and we are honored and grateful for the chance and help you have given her. Thank you.

Mr. & Mrs. Jesus E Gonzales
Honolulu, HI

On behalf of my twin and me, I would like to thank you so much for this scholarship. I can't quite put into words how much this award means to us. Throughout these four years, my twin and I struggled endlessly to help my father and to pay or our education. Most recently, my grandpa in Vietnam just passed away and my father has not been working for quite sometime because he had to go back to Vietnam and prepare my grandpa's funeral. When my father returned home, he got fired from United Taxi because his limousine was considered "too old." With graduation just around the corner, and taking on the task of pay the house rent and bills again, along with coming up with enough money to fly up to Massachusetts for college, we didn't think it was possible. This scholarship has most brighten mine's and Jasmine's week because it will reduce our loans tremendously. Since I am currently working 2 jobs, I fully understand how hard it is to come up with $2000. I know that even if I worked 18 hours a day I wouldn't be able to save $2000 due to my father's current status so I want to thank you for helping us and for always informing us when the papers were due. I really want to again thank you and everyone who made this possible. The APIASF generosity is highly appreciated and I don't just want to thank you for the money, because what I'm most thankful for is having a stranger help us get into college and help us create a better life for ourselves. In the future, when I DO become successful, my sister and I will never forget the generosity you and your organization has done for us. Thank you with all our hearts,

Sara Marie Le and Jasmine Le
Honolulu, HI

I am writing to thank APIASF for awarding me a 2006 National Scholarship. I am very honored that APIASF has selected me. This fall, I will be attending New York University's Steinhardt School as a Music Technology major. I have also been recruited to be on the NYU Swim Team. I really appreciate APIASF helping me to attend this great college. Please let me know if I can provide you any other information. Again, many thanks. Yours truly,

John Ryan
Portsmouth, RI

Thank you very much for awarding me with the $2,000 national scholarship. It truly helps me out greatly, and I really appreciate it. Thanks again. Love,

Jessica Lim
Lakewood, CO

On behalf of my family and I, thank you very much for offering me this prestigious award. This means a lot to me. From the bottom of my heart, I personally thank you and to the scholarship fund for believing in my future endeavors and you have made my dream become a reality. Once again, thank you very much! God Bless… Sincerely,

Danilo Castilo
Waipahu High, HI

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and APIASF for the support of the 2006 national scholarship award. As one of this year's recipients, I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. I rely on financial aid and student loans to help finance my education. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and motivate me to continue pursuing my education at Portland State University, Studying business has always been a goal of mine. Throughout school and work my involvement with business has introduced me to multiple opportunities. It is these accomplishments that help me strive for excellence. My plans are to complete my bachelor's in business, study abroad in Spain, and achieve a MBA. Once again, thank you for supporting me at Portland State. Your generosity truly makes a difference.

Brian Salvador
Aloha, OR

On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you for your decision to bestow upon me one of your prestigious scholarships. I understand that many applications were reviewed thoroughly by your committee, and mine to be recognized as a recipient is utterly overwhelming. Again, I want to thank you for not only helping me alleviate my university's tuition, but more importantly, for catapulting me into the next chapter of my life. Mahalo!

Tu Nguyen
Lahaina, HI

I am extremely grateful and honored to be a recipient of your scholarship. Your generosity will help me carry forth my college career goals. I will be attending the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in fall of 2006. I will be majoring in accounting, in hopes to one day become a Certified Public Accountant.

Karen Nakagawa
Honolulu, HI

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for choosing me as a scholarship recipient. Your financial assistance has made it possible for me to fulfill my dreams of becoming a CPA and corporate lawyer. Mahalo for believing in me.

Sarah Matsumura
Waianae, HI

I'm writing to thank you for the wonderful opportunity you have provided me. This scholarship means so much to me and brings me one step closer to my career and ambitions. Once again, thank you for this scholarship.

Sara Gohar
Ashburn, VA

Thank you so much for selecting me as one of the recipients for this scholarship! I personally feel honor and very fortunate. Thank you so much again!

Wai-Cheng Lei
Lewis Center, OH

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. This means a lot to me, and I greatly appreciate this award. This is quite an honor! Thanks again,

Naomi Jean Pollica
Brattleboro, VT

Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship! It will indeed be put to good use as I attend college next year.

Teri L. Nakakura
Aiea, HI

I also wanted to thank you again for this scholarship. You have no idea how much this money means to my family as we have recently been going through some hard times monetarily. This scholarship will definitely aid in the financial burden of my family. Thank you so much for the opportunities you have presented me, I will be forever grateful! Thank you again,

Nisha Chandran
Alpharetta, GA

Thank you very much for selecting me as a recipient. I am very honored and I promise to not let APIASF down in my future studies. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to achieve my goals and dreams.

Michelle Lam
Honolulu, HI

First, I would like to thank APAISF for selecting me as one of the scholarship recipients. I am deeply honored, and I will put the funds in good use when I attend UCLA this fall.

Bryant Raymond Ramirez
Oxnard, CA

First I want to start my saying thank you so very much for this honor. You have no idea how grateful my family and I are. As you I know I am a military child and we are cerebrating Asian/ Pacific Islander month so it is being shared throughout our post. Again THANK YOU.

Bryan A. Bradbury
Daleville AL

Thank you so much for selecting me as one of the recipients! You have no idea how excited and happy I was to receive the notification. It means so much to me and my family.

Helen Kim Pham
St. Louis, MO

I was very happy to hear that I was one of the recipients of the 2006-2007 APIASF scholarship. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to use this money toward my college education for next year.

Uyen-Mai T. Doan
Manchester, NH

I am truly honored to receive such a scholarship. Out of the many applicants, I am very grateful. My dreams of becoming an Elementary educator would not be possible if it weren't for organizations such as yours. Thank you so much for helping me pursue my college goals. I look forward to becoming a teacher. Thanks for helping to make a difference in my life and as a teacher, I hope to pass on that tradition. Thank you so much, I cannot say it enough!

Janielle Selfaison
Vacaville, CA

To the scholarship committee and yourself, Ms. Patel, I owe my gratitude and appreciation for giving me the opportunity to pursue my secondary education with a less financial burden. I will be able to make use of the scholarship at UCLA and it will help fund my education in nursing.

Vu Tran
Elk Grove, CA

Thank you very much for awarding me the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship. As I plan to attend the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California, this scholarship will help me with my costs of tuition, books, and supplies.

I plan to major in Business Administration and Biology when I attend USF this fall. I am looking forward to new experiences and challenges in college. I am nervous to leave this island, however, I know that I will be able to open my eyes to a new culture. As I graduate from college, I wish to become an optometrist owning my own practice.

My parents join me in thanking the Asian and Pacific Islander American Foundation for this award. I will work hard to be a successful student in college eventually a contributing member of our community. Once again, I would like to thank the Asian and Pacific Islander American Foundation. I truly appreciate your generosity. Your willingness to give back is truly inspirational.

Michelle My Nguyen
Honolulu, HI

Thank you for your generous scholarship. The Asian community is very grateful for your program and its staff.

Nguyen Vu
Riverdale, GA

Thank you for selecting me as one of the distinguished recipients of the 2006 APIASF National Scholarship Awards. I am extremely honored to have been selected from the many qualified applicants this year. I will be attending the University of Oregon this fall and truly appreciate this scholarship award which will assist me in continuing my education.

Thank you once again, and I look forward to hearing from APIASF soon.

Mark Miki
Mililani, HI