Press Releases

November 6, 2009

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Hosts Fourth Annual Scholarship Benefit

For Immediate Release

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
(202) 747-7236
ktranlam@apiasf.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 6, 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, hosted its fourth annual Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future Scholarship Benefit on November 5 at the Hilton New York. APIASF recognized Walmart, DLA Piper and AT&T, Inc. at the event for their commitment to APIASF and higher education.

The APIASF Excellence in Education award was presented to Eduardo Castro-Wright, Vice Chairman, Walmart. and Cindy Brinkley, AT&T Senior Vice President - Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T, Inc. Francis B. Burch, Jr., Partner, Global Chairman and Co-Chairman U.S. received the APIASF Inspiring Dreams Award on behalf of DLA Piper LLP (US). APIASF also presented its first Higher Education Award to Dr. Don Nakanishi for his visionary leadership and for inspiring countless to learn more about the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.

"We are pleased to recognize the impact that Walmart, DLA Piper and AT&T have had on APIASF and the Asian and Pacific Islander American community," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Each of these companies has proven their commitment to diversity and to the importance of higher education through their ongoing support."

The 2009 Scholarship Benefit raised nearly $550,000 and was attended by more than 400 guests including board and advisory council members, community leaders and representatives from many of the country's top companies All net proceeds from the Scholarship Benefit will help APIASF continue to improve the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander American students by providing them with resources that will increase access to higher education and serve as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America.

The evening's sponsors include: ING, USA Funds, Hirai Farms and Annie's Fun, Macy's, McDonalds, United States Navy Diversity Directorate and Wells Fargo. A silent auction and reception were also part of the evening's festivities.

About APIASF
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, Walmart Foundation and Wells Fargo. For more information on APIASF, please visit www.apiasf.org.