Press Releases

August 15, 2012

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
202-747-7236
ktranlam@apiasf.org

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Encourages Students to Commit to Stop Texting While Driving

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2012) – Following a push by AT&T shedding light on the dangers of texting while driving, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) would like to announce its support of their campaign. Far too many teen and adult drivers today are unaware of the potentially fatal consequences of engaging in this behavior.

APIASF, the nation's largest nonprofit scholarship organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander students, is using its role to raise awareness of this important issue and start the conversation on the pitfalls of texting while driving. As students are heading back to school, APIASF is calling on them to make a personal commitment never to send, read or respond to texts while driving.

"As this school year begins, we want our scholarship recipients and all of the students out there to think twice before reading or sending text messages while driving," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "We want students to have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, including obtaining a college degree, but there are far too many lives cut short because of something avoidable like texting and driving."

As an example, APIASF is encouraging all students to take the "It Can Wait" pledge on the www.itcanwait.com website. Together, we can work to end the scourge of texting while driving and hopefully save thousands of lives each year.

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.