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Southwest Airlines: Giving APIASF Scholars Wings to Fly

Jessica Chang, 2008 APIASF / Southern California Edison Scholar, may not be as homesick during her freshman year in college -- thanks to the generosity of Southwest Airlines.

Chang, who plans to major in Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, and two other scholars received a surprise gift from Southwest Airlines at an APIASF reception in May in Los Angeles, California. The reception, sponsored by Southern California Edison, was held to announce this year's APIASF scholarship recipients and the three lucky students who were selected randomly to receive special travel tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines. The tickets will enable the college students to fly anywhere Southwest Airlines flies--including the all-important trip back home--during their first year in college.

Chang said she is very excited about starting college but, at the same time, is sad that she will miss her family. She said, "It is very comforting for my parents and me to know that I can go home anytime now thanks to Southwest Airlines."

Kim Delevett, Southwest Airlines Corporate Community Affairs Manager, who presented the travel tickets and Southwest Airlines gift bags to the students at the Los Angeles event, said, "Southwest Airlines knows how difficult it can be for college students their first year away from home. College costs are escalating, and some students can't afford the luxury of flying home during the school year. We are proud to support APIASF and are pleased that we are helping the scholarship recipients stay close to their loved ones."

Southwest Airlines has generously provided in-kind support to APIASF in the form of travel tickets since 2006. Many APIASF scholarship recipients have used the tickets to fly home to see their families, and students and staff have used the tickets to fly to key APIASF events including community receptions, board meetings and the annual gala in New York City.

Wai-Ling Eng, APIASF Board Chair, said, "Southwest Airlines has a big heart for APIASF, and we are appreciative of what they do for us. Airfare can be a significant budget line item for many non-profits. It is important for us to have our scholarship recipients attend our events during the year, and Southwest Airlines helps make this possible."

Delevett said, after 37 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low fare carriers -- offering a reliable product with exemplary customer service. Southwest Airlines is the most productive airline in the sky and offers customers a comfortable traveling experience. Southwest recently updated its gate areas and improved its boarding procedure to make flying Southwest convenient and simple.

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), the nation's largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 64 cities in 32 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,400 flights a day and has more than 34,000 employees systemwide. In addition to APIASF, Southwest Airlines is a proud sponsor of other Asian and Pacific Islander non-profit organizations and events throughout the country. For more information on Southwest Airlines' support of education, the Asian and Pacific Islander American community and other initiatives, visit http://www.southwest.com/aboutswa/southwest cares/.

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Kim Delevett shares Southwest Airlines gift bags with APIASF Scholars at an APIASF reception on 5/8/08. From left to right: Kim Delevett, Christopher Lee, Jessica Chang, Christine Than, Courtney Tran, Diep Vuong and Mindy Ngo.

APIASF Scholars enjoy their Southwest Airlines planes. From left to right: Courtney Tran, Christine Than, Jessica Chang and Kim Delevett.