June 4, 2009
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Announces 2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients
For Immediate Release
Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Assistant Director of Communications
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2009) – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students, announced the recipients of its 2009 scholarships. APIASF is awarding more than $625,000 in scholarships to 225 students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Since its inception in 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $2.4 million to 1,075 deserving students.
"We are pleased to recognize our fifth class of Scholars," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "This group of students has already shown a strong sense of community and a desire to give back. They truly represent the future leaders of this country."
APIASF received more than 3,000 applications for this year's scholarships from outstanding students from across the country, the U.S. Territories and the Freely Associated States. The 2009-2010 APIASF Scholarship class represents students from 41 states, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia and American Samoa. The Scholars also represent many of the diverse groups within the APIA community including: Cambodian, Chamorro, Chinese, Filipino, Native Hawai’ian, Hmong, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Micronesian, Samoan, and Vietnamese. More than 50 percent of recipients are the first in their family to attend college.
"Many of our Scholars represent communities that have been traditionally underserved," said Horikoshi. "Especially during these tough economic times, we are proud to help these students obtain their true potential and provide the critical access to higher education that they need."
This year's scholarship recipients plan to pursue various fields of study including: accounting, business, chemistry, international relations, music, political science, sociology and social work. The Scholars will be attending more than 130 colleges and universities around the country.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). Since 2003, APIASF has provided a critical bridge to higher education for APIA students across the country by awarding more than $2.4 million in scholarships to 1,075 students. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Corporate supporters include, but are not limited to: AT&T Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, ING, Macy's Inc., McDonald's, Sodexo Foundation, United Health Foundation, USA Funds, Wachovia Foundation, Wal-Mart Foundation and Wells Fargo. For more information on APIASF, please visit www.apiasf.org.