Press Releases

February 2, 2009

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Launches New Web Site
Redesign Focused on Improving Student Experience

For Immediate Release

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
(202) 202-747-7236

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students, has launched a new student-driven Web site at

"APIASF is thrilled to have a Web site that will be a one-stop shop for APIA students wishing to pursue higher education," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF Executive Director. "This Web site is truly a reflection of the growth of our organization as we have extended our support beyond scholarships to provide students with the resources they need to achieve long-term success."

The new site features improved navigation, enhanced functionality for students and donors, scholar profiles, featured news stories, event and press release archives, a comprehensive list of scholarship resources for APIA students, and an updated design.

"Having a Web site that is engaging and user-friendly is critical to successfully reaching students, so we are extremely grateful for the financial support from Farmers Insurance and the in-kind donation from Sodexo that made this project a reality," said Horikoshi.

Since 2003, APIASF has provided a critical bridge to higher education for APIA students across the country by awarding more than $1.8 million in scholarships. APIASF's vision is to see that all APIA students have the access to higher education and the resources they need to achieve academic, personal and professional success.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is based in Washington, D.C., and is the country's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship for freshmen 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. APIASF assumed the administration of this program in September 2006. 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: Abercrombie & Fitch, AT&T, Bank of America, Chrysler, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Darden Restaurants Foundation, Farmers Insurance, FedEx, General Mills, Hilton Hotels Corporation, IBM, ING, Kellogg's, Macy's Inc., McDonald's USA/Asian McDonald's Operators Association, Met Life Foundation, Nationwide, Sodexo Foundation, Southern California Edison, Target, United Health Foundation, USA Funds, U.S. Navy, Wachovia, Wal-Mart Foundation and Wells Fargo. For more information about APIASF's mission and programs, please visit