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June 27, 2011

APIASF Hosts Special Reception to Honor Officials at White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

Other Federal Agencies Also Being Recognized for Commitment to APIA Community

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tia T. Gordon
TTG+Partners
202-906-0149
tgordon@ttgpartners.com

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2011—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)—along with the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)—is hosting a special reception to recognize the White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. The event will take place today on the heels of day one of the 2011 APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA), from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

APIASF will acknowledge the initiative's leadership efforts by especially giving honor to White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans Executive Director Kiran Ahuja along with many members of her staff who work daily to promote the APIA community within government agencies. The reception will also recognize eight federal agencies that have given significant support to the APIA community: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, several leaders from the APIA community will be on hand to join in the celebration including APIASF President and Executive Director Neil Horikoshi, SEARAC Executive Director Doua Thor, and OCA Past President Ginny Gong.

"Our special reception to recognize the White House Initiative on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans is a monumental moment to pay tribute to the many efforts of individuals who serve in the nation's highest office working to improve the quality of life and opportunities for all APIAs," said Horikoshi. "This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to celebrate the many endeavors being done across America to help make sure there is increased access for APIA students, especially as it relates to federal programs where they remain underserved."

This event is open to the public. For more information about the 2011 APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian and Pacific Islander Americans or to register for free, visit APIASF's Web site at www.APIASF.org. Also, follow APIASF on Facebook (www.facebook.com/APIASF) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/APIASF) to receive daily updates about the event.

Editor's Note: All members of the media interested in attending the 2011 APIASF College Completion Forum: Strengthening Institutions that Serve Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, please RSVP or Contact Tia T. Gordon at (202) 906-0149 or tgordon@ttgpartners.com.

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 college 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 distributing more than $40 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. APIASF's 2011 higher education summit is made possible through the generous support of our presenting sponsors: Walmart, the Kresge Foundation, and USA Funds.