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November 2, 2011

ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND HOSTS SIXTH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT

Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future Scholarship Benefit Recognizes the Ongoing Commitment to Education from USA Funds, United Health Foundation and Dr. Bob H. Suzuki

For Immediate Release

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

Washington, D.C., — The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest nonprofit devoted to providing college scholarships to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, recognized USA Funds, United Health Foundation and Dr. Bob H. Suzuki as part of its sixth annual Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future Scholarship Benefit held November 1 at the Hilton New York. USA Funds and the United Health Foundation were honored for their strong commitment to diverse communities, extensive contributions to the field of education, and broad support of APIASF. Dr. Bob H. Suzuki, President Emeritus of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, received the Higher Education Award for his long-standing commitment to education and efforts to support AAPI students.

The annual event brought together nearly 450 leading educators, community representatives, and business leaders who are committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible to those in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As part of the event, APIASF also hosted a free career development workshop for students and young professionals in the area. The event raised more than half a million dollars to support deserving AAPI students.

"It's an honor for APIASF to be able to highlight the outstanding work of each of our honorees and their commitment to improve the lives of AAPI students," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "So often AAPI students are overlooked when it comes to investments in programs and resources that help provide access to higher education. Our honorees have demonstrated their ongoing dedication to our students and our community by investing their time and resources to help ensure that all AAPI students have the opportunity to pursue higher education."

Since 2003, APIASF has provided a critical bridge to higher education by distributing more than $50 million in scholarships to deserving AAPI students through our two scholarship programs. In addition to the APIASF scholarship program, APIASF manages the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For details about APIASF's Scholarship Benefit, visit APIASF's Web site at www.apiasf.org. Also, follow APIASF on Facebook (www.facebook.com/apiasf) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/apiasf).

About APIASF:
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Since 2003, APIASF has provided a critical bridge to higher education for APIA students across the country by distributing more than $50 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.