Press Releases

March 11, 2009

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Applauds the Appointment of First Asian American Ivy League President

For Immediate Release

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2009) – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students, applauds the recent appointment of Dr. Jim Yong Kim as president of Dartmouth College.

"There is a demonstrated need for APIA leadership in the higher education community," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Dr. Kim's appointment is a great step forward for academia and the APIA community."

According to a 2008 report issued by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), there has not been an increase in the number Asian American college presidents for the last two decades and Asian Americans still only make up .9 percent of college presidents. When Dr. Kim takes office on July 1, he will become the first Asian American to ever lead an Ivy League school.

"As the leading national scholarship organization providing access to higher education for deserving APIA students and as an advocate for higher education, Dr. Kim's appointment is a turning point for the inclusion of APIAs at the highest levels of education and serves as an inspirational beacon for our APIA scholars to pursue careers in higher education," said Horikoshi. "We hope that Dr. Kim's time at Dartmouth will inspire the higher education community to recognize what Asian and Pacific Islanders can contribute to the field of education."

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