April 12, 2011
Edison International Hosts Reception to Raise Awareness of Educational Barriers Faced by Local Students
For Immediate Release
Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2011) – Edison International will be hosting a special reception to help raise awareness of an important organization that is providing a critical service to the students in the Southern California community. The reception will recognize the work of 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, and will help raise awareness of the barriers faced by underserved students. The reception will be held on May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1515 Walnut Grove Avenue in Rosemead, California, will be attended by community and corporate leaders, APIASF's outstanding scholarship recipients, and Ted Craver, Chairman and CEO, Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE).
"Education is one of our company's most important philanthropic priorities. The work of APIASF helps to ensure that the most vulnerable and underserved students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of higher education," said Ted Craver. "Our partnership with the organization solidifies a commitment to support efforts that provide promising students with the means to create opportunities for the future."
According to a 2010 report produced through a partnership between APIASF and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), there are many ethnicities within the APIA community experiencing rates of poverty higher than the national average with some ranking among the lowest in the nation. In addition to the higher rates of poverty, the report identifies several ethnicities that have been traditionally underserved with lower than average educational attainment rates. To help address the needs of these students, APIASF and Edison International developed the APIASF/Edison International scholarship program to support low-income, first generation students in their efforts to pursue higher education. The APIASF/Edison International scholarship program has provided more than $170,000 in support to help deserving students within SCE's service areas have the financial resources needed to obtain a post-secondary degree.
"We are grateful for the leadership of Edison International in recognizing the needs that exist within the Southern California community and making such a significant commitment to help make an impact in the lives of students in need," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Thanks to Edison International's generosity, APIASF has been able to provide not only direct scholarship support, but the programs and services needed to help students become the next generation of leaders."
Since 2003, APIASF has awarded more than $3 million in college scholarships to students across the country and in the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States. APIASF's vision is to see that all APIA students have 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 scholarships to 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.