August 23, 2010
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Applauds University of Maryland for the Selection of Dr. Wallace D. Loh as President
For Immediate Release
Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 23, 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 announcement by the University of Maryland, College Park naming Dr. Wallace D. Loh as the institution's next President effective November 1, 2010.
"Dr. Loh's appointment comes at a time when Asian American and Pacific Islanders are significantly underrepresented in the field of higher education," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "This selection is especially meaningful given that the University of Maryland, College Park is one of the eight schools recognized as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI)."
According to a 2010 report issued through a partnership between APIASF and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education, Asian American and Pacific Islanders made up less than 1 percent of the country's college presidents. The lack of APIAs in leadership positions can often mean that the needs of the student population are not brought to the table and can make it difficult to effect change in educational policies at the regional and national level.
"As our community works to increase awareness of the challenges faced by students, it is important to have leaders like Dr. Loh who can help make APIAs an integral part of the higher education dialogue," said Horikoshi. "Hopefully, these discussions will lead to better data, increased investment and new programs that will help ensure all APIA students have the resources to achieve academic success."
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.
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 college scholarships. 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 / Wells Fargo Foundation, Walmart Foundation and Wells Fargo. For more information on APIASF, please visit www.apiasf.org.