June 18, 2007
APIASF Announces $100,000 Grant from the Wachovia Foundation
For Immediate Release
Contact: Genny Hom-Franzen, APIASF
Tel: (202) 986-6892
Aimee Worsley, Wachovia
Tel: (704) 715-2005
WASHINGTON, DC — The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the largest national effort devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, announced today that it has received a $100,000 grant from the Wachovia Foundation. The grant will provide direct scholarship support to 35 Asian and Pacific Islander American students in APIASF's 2007 scholarship cycle. Two hundred students received scholarships from APIASF this cycle. This is Wachovia's first grant to APIASF.
Ted Y. Mashima, DVM, President and Executive Director of APIASF, said, "APIASF is very appreciative of the Wachovia Foundation's generous investment in education and in our future leaders of America. Many of our APIASF scholars come from underserved communities and would not have the opportunity to attend college without some type of financial support. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the Wachovia Foundation."
"At Wachovia, we believe that every student in our nation should have access to a high quality education, from pre-school through college. That's why we've made education one of Wachovia's top community priorities," said Mike Rizer, Director of Community Relations for Wachovia. "Wachovia is proud to partner with APIASF, because we know that increasing access to education is the most important investment we can make in future generations."
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.
Wachovia Corporation (NYSE:WB) is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services companies, providing a broad range of retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services. Wachovia has retail and commercial banking operations in 21 states with 3,400 retail banking offices from Connecticut to Florida and west to Texas and California. In addition, two core businesses operate under the Wachovia Securities brand name: retail brokerage with 768 offices in 48 states and service affiliate offices in Latin America, and corporate and investment banking serving clients in selected corporate and institutional sectors globally. Other nationwide businesses include mortgage lending in all 50 states and auto finance covering 46 states. Globally, Wachovia serves clients through more than 40 international offices. Online banking is available at wachovia.com; online brokerage products and services at wachoviasec.com; and investment products and services at evergreeninvestments.com. At March 31, 2007, Wachovia had assets of $706.4 billion and market capitalization of $105.3 billion.