August 18, 2010
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Announces 2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients
For Immediate Release
Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 18, 2010) -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 2010 scholarships. APIASF is awarding more than $640,000 in scholarships to 256 students for the 2010-2011 academic year. Since its inception in 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $3 million to 1,331 deserving students.
"We are pleased to recognize another exceptional class of students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to fulfilling their educational goals and improving the lives of those around them," said APIASF President & Executive Director Neil Horikoshi. "Our 2010-2011 scholarship class has overcome many obstacles and it is an honor to be able to support so many outstanding students as they pursue their dream of higher education."
The 2010-2011 APIASF scholarship class represents students from 40 states, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia and American Samoa. The Scholars also represent many of the diverse groups within the APIA community including: Bangladeshi, Cambodian, Chamorro, Chinese, Filipino, Native Hawai’ian, Hmong, Indian, Korean, Laotian, Samoan and Vietnamese. More than 45 percent of recipients are the first in their family to attend college.
"This scholarship class has shown immense leadership through their community service, extra-curricular activities and ongoing family responsibilities," said Horikoshi. "I know that by helping these students achieve their potential, we will help develop the next generation of leaders and help build a stronger America."
This year's scholarship recipients plan to pursue various fields of study including: biology, dentistry, international relations, journalism, political science, sociology, social work and even zoology. The Scholars will be attending more than 130 colleges and universities around the country. For more information about the 2010-2011 APIASF scholarship class, please visit www.apiasf.org.
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 $3 million in scholarships to 1,331 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, Walmart Foundation and Wells Fargo. For more information on APIASF, please visit www.apiasf.org.