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October 16, 2006

APIASF Administers Gates Millennium Scholars Program for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

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
E-mail: info@apiasf.org

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) announced today that it signed an agreement with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to administer the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program for Asian and Pacific Islander American students. APIASF is the country's largest national organization devoted solely to the scholarship needs of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

The Gates Millennium Scholars program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides outstanding low-income Asian and Pacific Islander American, African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Continuing GMS Scholars may request a fellowship for a graduate degree program in one of the following disciplines areas: education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, or science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Robert Underwood, former United States Congressman and Chairman of the Board of APIASF, said, "This is a significant milestone in APIASF's short history. We are extremely pleased to be recognized as a GMS partner for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans by the United Negro College Fund. It is with great pride that we join the ranks of other national scholarship organizations and express our appreciation to UNCF and the other GMS partners, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, for their guidance and support in establishing APIASF." The announcement follows the recent success of APIASF's inaugural fundraising event, the "Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future SM" gala held in New York City on September 14th, which raised more than half a million dollars for the Fund. At the gala, OCA (The Organization of Chinese Americans) was recognized for its role in developing and administering GMS/APIA for the past six years and for its partnership in building APIASF.

APIASF's President and Executive Director, T. Kamuela Chun, was involved in the development of both APIASF and GMS/APIA. He ensures the continued success of the GMS/APIA program and its scholars.

About APIASF
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.

National community organizations including the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), OCA, the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and the University of Hawai'i were members of the original "Working Group" that established APIASF.