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July 16, 2012

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
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Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Announces 2012 - 2013 Scholarship Recipients from Hawai’i

More Than $52,000 in Scholarships will be Awarded to Help Increase Access to Higher Education for Local Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2012) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest nonprofit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), announced its latest class of scholarship recipients from Hawai’i. The 17 students will receive scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to help support their dream of higher education and access to APIASF's programs and services. The Scholars join an outstanding group of students from across the country and the Pacific Islands who comprise the 2012 - 2013 class of APIASF scholarship recipients.

Scholarship recipients from Hawai’i hail from Aiea, Ewa Beach, Hilo, Honolulu, Keaau, Makawao, Wailuku and Waipahu. They plan to pursue a variety of majors and will be attending Azusa Pacific University, Boston University, Chaminade University, Hawai’i Community College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northern Arizona University, Pacific Lutheran University, Saint Louis University, University of Hawai’i at Hilo, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and University of Phoenix this fall.

"Access to higher education can make an incredible impact not only in the lives of students, but in their communities as they become the next generation of leaders," said Dr. Doris Ching, Emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Hawai'i System. "As an Advisory Council member for APIASF, I have been able to see first-hand the organization's commitment to not only providing the financial resources students need, but to making sure that AAPI students aren't overlooked when it comes to policy, research and resources. A hearty congratulations to the outstanding 2012-13 APIASF Scholars!"

According to a 2011 report produced through a partnership with APIASF and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), the AAPI community experiences some of the lowest rates of educational attainment with some sub-populations having nearly 50 percent or more of adults who have never attended college. Since its inception, APIASF has worked to address this issue by providing college scholarships to the country's most underserved students. During that time, APIASF has award more than $250,000 in scholarships to students from Hawai’i.

"As an organization, I am proud of our efforts to make a difference for the students of Hawai’i and the broader AAPI community," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "In these challenging economic times, it takes the time and investment of the community to foster the success of our students. I would like to recognize the many community members and educators in Hawai’i who have worked tirelessly to help support local students by encouraging them to pursue higher education and helping them identify resources like our scholarship programs to assist them on their journey."

Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $60 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 $60 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 Scholarship Recipients from Hawai’i:

Monique Carvalho
Hometown: Keaau
High School: Hilo High School
College: University of Hawai’i at Hilo
Intended Major: Secondary Education and Teaching
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Ynah Patricia Esteban
Hometown: Hilo
High School: Waiakea High School
College: Chaminade University
Intended Major: Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Jennifer In
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: President William McKinley High School
College: Northern Arizona University
Intended Major: Undecided
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Tressie Kapono
Hometown: Hilo
High School: Hilo High School
College: Hawai’i Community College
Intended Major: Undecided
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

George Kekauoha Jr.
Hometown: Keaau
High School: Kamehameha High School; Hawai'i Campus
College: University of Hawai’i at Hilo
Intended Major: Pharmacy
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Junior

Angelica Lao
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: Moanalua High School
College: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Intended Major: Humanities
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Johnson Leung
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: President William McKinley High School
College: Illinois Institute of Technology
Intended Major: Computer Engineering
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Yui Chi Tiffany Lo
Hometown: Aiea
High School: Aiea High School
College: Boston University
Intended Major: Computer Science
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Thien Phuc Nguyen
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: President William McKinley High School
College: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Intended Major: Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Naomi Owens
Hometown: Aiea
High School: University High School
College: University of Phoenix
Intended Major: Information Technology
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Junior

Sharmaine Sibayan
Hometown: Ewa Beach
High School: James Campbell High School
College: Pacific Lutheran University
Intended Major: Nursing
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Rhena Singh
Hometown: Waipahu
High School: Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School
College: Saint Louis University
Intended Major: Medicine
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Kristi Tintiangco
Hometown: Wailuku
High School: Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
College: University of Hawai’i at Hilo, College of Pharmacy
Intended Major: Pharmacy
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Senior

Layla Tulloch
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: President Theodore Roosevelt High School
College: Azusa Pacific University
Intended Major: Business Administration
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Ashley Wendt
Hometown: Makawao
High School: Kamehameha Schools; Maui Campus
College: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Intended Major: Zoology/Animal Biology
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Lesley Wong
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: President Theodore Roosevelt High School
College: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Intended Major: Pharmacy
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman

Anonymous
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: President Theodore Roosevelt High School
College: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Intended Major: Dietetics and/or Clinical Nutrition Services
College Academic Status for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year: Freshman