February 16, 2012
Asian American Students In California and Texas Awarded $30,000 In Scholarships
UnitedHealthcare partners with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to support Asian-American students' college education
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Cypress, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2012) - Twelve Asian-American college students received $30,000 in scholarships that will help them build a foundation for personal and professional success.
The scholarships, offered through the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and funded by UnitedHealthcare, average $2,500 per student and were awarded to students from California and Texas for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Scholarship recipients are attending universities such as University of Texas at Arlington; University California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; and University of California, San Francisco. The students are pursuing degrees in a variety of fields including biology, nursing and pharmacy.
Students were selected based on GPA (minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale), letters of recommendation and financial need, and must have enrolled as a first-year student in an accredited U.S. college. The students may use the financial awards for educational expenses such as tuition, housing and books.
"We are honored to work with UnitedHealthcare as they expand their partnership with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF president & executive director. "The scholarship support they are providing to students will help ensure a diverse pipeline of talented professionals who will strengthen the communities that they serve."
The scholarships reflect UnitedHealthcare's commitment to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community and complement the financial support already provided to APIASF by United Health Foundation, a not-for-profit, private foundation established by UnitedHealth Group to improve health and health care. Since 2008, United Health Foundation has provided scholarship support to APIASF and was recently honored with the APIASF's Inspiring Dreams award, a recognition given to an organization that has made a difference in the AAPI community by recognizing the importance of ongoing education.
"We congratulate these students and wish them the best in their educational and career pursuits. Investing in students is an investment not only in their future, but also in our country's future," said David Anderson, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Southern California. "We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to help exceptional students access higher education and realize their career goals."
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 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.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.