Press Releases

November 10, 2010

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

For Immediate Release

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
(202) 747-7236
ktranlam@apiasf.org

"TODAY'S MINDS, TOMORROW'S FUTURE"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) presented the Excellence in Education Award to the Asian McDonald's Operators Association and the Inspiring Dreams Award to Wells Fargo for their dedication to ensuring diversity in higher education and their ongoing support for the Asian and Pacific Islander American community at its annual Scholarship Benefit. University of Guam President and former member of Congress Dr. Robert Underwood received the APIASF's Higher Education Award for his outstanding efforts making higher education more accessible for Asian and Pacific Islander American students. APIASF is the nation's largest non-profit dedicated to providing college scholarships for students in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.

The awardees were honored at APIASF's Fifth Annual "Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future," Scholarship Benefit at the Hilton New York on November 10. The benefit brought together leading educators, community representatives, and business leaders who are committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible to those in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community. The event was keynoted by Jim Johannesen, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald's USA, LLC .

"It's an honor for APIASF to present these awards to the Asian McDonald's Operators Association, Wells Fargo, and Dr. Underwood. We're delighted that companies like the Asian McDonald's Operators Association and Wells Fargo are engaged in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community and have devoted their efforts to making higher education a real possibility for so many students," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Dr. Underwood's lifelong commitment to education and our community is highly valued and we are pleased to recognize him for his work in ensuring today's minds, tomorrow's future"

The proceeds of this year's Scholarship Benefit will go toward helping students in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community by providing them with the tools and resources they need for achieving a higher education. The investments we make in today's students will provide for a stronger and more diverse future.

Information about the Scholarship Benefit can be found here.

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 $3 million in scholarships to deserving 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.