Press Releases

April 18, 2012

APIASF President & Executive Director to Speak at IHEP and College Board Convening on Young Men of Color

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
(202) 747-7236

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2012) – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), announced today that Neil Horikoshi, President & Executive Director, will be speaking at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center's convening on young men of color. The discussion held on Wednesday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the National Press Club, will focus on the latest research on young men of color and explore practical solutions and programs to improve educational outcomes.

"While many people mistakenly assume that all APIA students are experiencing academic success, the APIA community has some of the lowest educational attainment rates in the nation making the academic success of young men an important priority for our nation," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "I applaud IHEP and the College Board for providing important opportunities such as this discussion for us to leverage our collective strength to help address our nation's college completion goal and the dearth of college graduates we will be facing."

According to a 2011 report produced through a partnership of the National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE) and APIASF, more than 50 percent of Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Tongan, Samoan and Guamanian / Chamorro adults have not received more than a high school diploma.

"Over the past few years, we have experienced a large underrepresentation of male applicants for our scholarship programs," said Horikoshi. "We want to make sure that we are not only working on a national level to improve the educational outcomes, but we are also increasing awareness about the programs and services that exist to help young men succeed in higher education."

Other speakers at the event include: David Banks, CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation and Co-chair NYC Young Men's Initiative; Tyrone Bledsoe, Founder/Executive Director, Student African American Brotherhood; Toby Chaudhuri, Strategic Communications Consultant, White House Initiatives; Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D., President, IHEP; Shawn Dove, Campaign Manager, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations; Jacob Fraire, Vice President, Student and Institutional Success, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation; Hema Katoa, Counselor, Student Intervention Services, Jordan School District; John Lee, Policy Director, College Board; Victor Saenz, Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration at University of Texas at Austin; and Ron Williams, Vice President, College Board.

Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $50 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 to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $50 million in scholarships to deserving APIA 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.