Press Releases

May 18, 2012

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

Southwest Airlines Highlights the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in the May Spirit Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2012) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing college scholarships for AAPI students, announced that it was highlighted as part of Southwest Airlines' feature on APA Heritage Month in the May issue of Spirit Magazine.

"Southwest Airlines is proud to support the Asian American and Pacific Islander community," said Kim Delevett, Community Affairs and Grassroots Manager, Southwest Airlines. "As we look at the contributions of the AAPI community during APA Heritage Month, it is important for us to recognize that the success of the community matters to all Americans. We are excited to be able to highlight APIASF and the AAPI community in our May issue of Spirit Magazine."

Since 2005, Southwest Airlines has provided more than 300 tickets, valued over $120,000 to help increase access to educational opportunities for AAPI students. APIASF is one of Southwest Airline's longest running partners in the AAPI community. The ongoing partnership has affected hundreds of students across the country by providing them with life-changing experiences and the chance to engage national leaders, researchers and policymakers to improve college access and completion for the AAPI community and all underserved students.

"One of the biggest challenges we face as an organization is the prevailing misperceptions held by much of the general public regarding the Asian American and Pacific Islander community," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Southwest Airlines has given us a tremendous opportunity to help inform millions of people through their Spirit Magazine and raise awareness about our community. This is a huge step forward for us as we work to increase visibility of our scholarship program and the opportunities that exist for students."

One important components of the partnership began in 2010 with the development of the APIASF Higher Education Summit. The APIASF Summit is the nation's largest educational convening focused solely on Asian American and Pacific Islander students and provides critical research and information about AAPI community. Over the past two years, APIASF was able to provide round-trip transportation for more than 50 students to attend the event and thanks to Southwest's Showing LUV to Our Communities 1,600 Ticket Giveaway APIASF is able to send 40 more students to the 2012 event.

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 AAPI 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.