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May 22, 2006

APIASF Awards $400,000 in National Scholarships

For Immediate Release

Contact: APIASF
1628 16th Street, NW - Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 986-6892 or (877) 808-7032
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WASHINGTON, DC — The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the primary and largest national organization solely devoted to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs), announced today the recipients of its 2006 scholarship program and awarded $400,000 in scholarships to 200 students.

All of the scholarship recipients will be freshmen this fall and will enter an accredited college or vocational school. The recipients represent 46 of the 50 U.S. states and several of the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, including Guam, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Scholars were selected from more than 6,000 applicants, and include students from a diverse range of Asian and Pacific Islander American communities such as Asian Indian, Bangladeshi, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Guamanian/Chamorro, Hmong, Indo Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malyasian, Maori, Marshallese, Micronesian, Native Hawai’ian, Nepalese, Okinawan, Pakistani, Palauan, Polynesian, Samoan, Tahitian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tongan, Vietnamese, and Yapese. More than 70 percent of the recipients were women, and more than 40 percent of the awardees were from ethnic groups that — according to the U.S. Census Bureau — have lower college graduation rates than the overall population.

"This is APIASF's second year of providing scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and community service. All of us are proud of their achievements. We wish them all the best as they pursue higher education and take on this important and critical next step in their future," said Robert Underwood, APIASF Chairman and former U.S. Congressman.

"APIASF is fulfilling a need in the community. We are only in our second year as an organization, yet we received 6,000 applications this year. Our vision is to support all Asian and Pacific Islanders who wish to pursue higher education," said Wai-ling Eng, APIASF's Vice Chair and an owner-operator of McDonald's restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is based in Washington, DC, and is the country's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander American students. APIASF manages two scholarships: APIASF's general scholarship program and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans (GMS/APIA). Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by UNCF, the GMS/APIA program provides outstanding Pell Grant eligible APIA students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose and a graduate degree in specific fields. Supporters of APIASF include members of the general public and a wide spectrum of community and professional leaders, organizations and corporations. Corporate supporters include, but are not limited to: AT&T, Abercrombie & Fitch, the Coca-Cola Foundation, IBM Corporation, Macy's Inc., McDonald's USA, Met-Life Foundation, Nationwide Financial Networks, the Sodexo Foundation, Southern California Edison, Target, USA Funds, the Wachovia Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Wells Fargo.