Press Releases

May 3, 2012

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
(202) 747-7236
ktranlam@apiasf.org

Edison International Helps Provide Access to Higher Education for Historically Underserved Students in the Los Angeles Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 3, 2012) - Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), is hosting a reception today in Rosemead, Calif. to recognize the 2012-2013 recipients of the Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF) / Edison International scholarship award and raise awareness about the need for increased support of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. The event also highlighted the challenges faced by AAPI students and the educational disparities that exist.

To help increase the educational opportunities for AAPI students, Edison International developed a partnership with the APIASF, the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships for AAPI students, to provide direct support to these underserved students.

"Edison International is committed to diversity and to advancing employment opportunities, educational resources and economic development of historically underserved communities," said Ted Craver, Chairman and CEO of Edison International. "We know that education is the link to improving employment and economic opportunities for not just individuals, but also their families and communities. By partnering with APIASF to provide these scholarships, we are supporting long-lasting change that will provide benefits for years to come."

Since 2006, the APIASF / Edison International scholarship program has supported low-income and first generation students in their efforts to pursue higher education. The program has provided more than $220,000 to help deserving students within SCE's service areas have the financial resources needed to obtain a post-secondary degree. In addition to scholarship awards, the partnership has provided the opportunity for APIASF to produce two informational videos. The most recent video helps dispel many of the misperceptions that exist about the AAPI community and provides an opportunity for students to share their experiences in their own words.

"We are honored to continue our partnership with Edison International and SCE and have the opportunity to recognize deserving students in the Los Angeles area," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Thanks to Edison's generosity, APIASF has been able to raise awareness about the needs of underserved students and help address the problem by providing the critical support that AAPI students need."

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.

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). 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 AAPI 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.

2012 - 2013 APIASF / Edison International Scholarship Recipients

Henry Hoang
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
High School: Pacifica High School
College: University of California Irvine
Intended Major: Computer Science

Brandon Holm
Hometown: Newbury Park, CA
High School: Newbury Park High School
College: University of California Santa Barbara
Intended Major: Marine Biology

Melissa Luong
Hometown: Rosemead, CA
High School: Rosemead High School
College: University of California Irvine
Intended Major: Biology

Kha-ai Nguyen
Hometown: Irvine, CA
High School: University High School
College: Westmont College
Intended Major: Kinesiology

Steven Nguyen
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
High School: Pacifica High School
College: University of California Irvine
Intended Major: Computer Programming

Melinda Passi
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
High School: Tafuna High School
College: Charter College
Intended Major: Business Management & Technology

Sahani Setungamudali
Hometown: Covina, CA
High School: Walnut High School
College: Scripps College
Intended Major: Biology

Sara Wat
Hometown: Temple City, CA
High School: Arcadia High School
College: University of California- San Diego
Intended Major: Biomedical Engineering