APIASF Community Reception at Richland College

February 4, 2013

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) held a special community reception hosted by Richland College in Dallas, Texas on Feb. 4, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests from around the Greater Dallas Area attended the event to learn more about APIASF's work to support local students, as well as the programs and services Richland College is providing as a designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

Richland College received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that will total more than $1.4 million in funding. With 14 - 16 percent of Richland's student population comprised of Asian American students and at least half demonstrating financial need, the AANAPISI funding impacts many of the institution's most underserved students. Richland's AANAPISI funding is focused on three initiatives: creating a college-wide understanding of the effects of poverty on students, adapting the principles of "Achieving the Dream" to Richland's culture and capabilities resulting in improved student success in Developmental Education and gatekeeper courses; and operating a textbook lending library supporting 50 minority, low-income male students annually.

In addition to the leadership of APIASF and Richland College, many local business and community leaders attended the event. Guests included representatives from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Network of Indian Professionals and the Dallas Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.