Press Releases

December 15, 2005

APIASF Applications Now Available

For Immediate Release

Contact: APIASF
1628 16th Street, NW - Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 986-6892 or (877) 808-7032
Fax: (202) 667-6449

WASHINGTON, DC - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) announced today that it is accepting applications for the organization's second scholarship competition. Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who are entering college for the first time in the fall of 2006 are eligible, provided that they are United States citizens or permanent residents, or citizens of the Freely Associated States. The deadline for submission of applications is February 15, 2006.

In its first full year of operation, APIASF distributed $330,000 to 165 applicants during the 2005-2006 academic year. This year, APIASF plans to match that level, and will increase the number of scholarships awarded if additional funds are secured. Previous scholarship recipients have came from thirty states, the District of Columbia, and several of the Freely Associated States in the Pacific. They have followed courses of study ranging from the sciences, to the arts, to the humanities, to education, and hospitality fields. They have excelled at two-year colleges, as well as four-year colleges. And they have been drawn from more than a dozen ethnic communities, including Cambodian, Chamorro, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Japanese, Laotian, Korean, Native Hawai’ian, Samoan, South Asian, and Vietnamese.

"Many Asian and Pacific Islander Americans encounter huge obstacles in obtaining higher education," said Robert Underwood, Chair of APIASF, who is a former Congressman from Guam and former Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. "Many of our scholars are the first in their families to attend college, and are from low-income backgrounds. Many are also recent arrivals to the U.S. from countries where only the wealthy had access to higher education. The U.S. Census shows that several of the ethnic groups with the lowest academic achievement rates are Asian or Pacific Islander American, and they need a helping hand. APIASF was formed to see that all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have the opportunity to pursue a higher education, regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, or financial means."

APIASF's scholarship recipients must have a minimum 2.7 grade-point average. Each scholarship award is for $2,000. Awards are made on the basis of academic record and plans, community service, financial need, and leadership. Scholarship decisions will be announced in May of 2006.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line. Detailed application materials and information are provided.