September 18, 2012
Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Partner Expands Efforts to Better Serve the Community
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 18, 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), recognizes the efforts of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to better serve the community through the opening of the Chinatown North Beach Campus. The new campus will provide a permanent home for City College of San Francisco in the Chinatown and helps increase access to higher education for the underserved AAPIs.
"As a member of the San Francisco community, I am proud to see City College of San Francisco make such a big step forward in improving the educational opportunities for Asian Americans" said Wai-Ling Eng, Officer of the APIASF Board of Directors and Chair of the Ronald McDonald House Charity Bay Area Scholarship Fund. "The new Chinatown campus will help some of our community's most overlooked students have a chance a pursuing a college degree."
According to a 2010 report issued through a partnership between APIASF and the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education, nearly 50 percent of AAPI students enrolled in higher education are attending community college. To better serve this student population, APIASF began partnering with Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) such as CCSF to capitalize on the existing programs and services developed on campus to help address the needs of AAPI students. APIASF has provided more than 20 scholarships to students who have either attended or are currently attending City College of San Francisco and has expanded the program to be able to award 50 scholarships to students attending the institution during the 2012 - 2013 academic year. In addition to the scholarship support, APIASF will be working with CCSF through the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) initiative to support greater institutional effectiveness, share resources for widespread AAPI student success and to develop more useful data on AANAPISIs.
"One of the reasons we focused our collaborations on CCSF is the institution's strong commitment to serving the AAPI community," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "The opening of the Chinatown North Beach Campus has been a project that has been years in the making and we are thrilled to help CCSF celebrate its completion. This facility will make a tremendous impact on the entire San Francisco community."
The Chinatown North Beach Campus will be holding an open house on Sept. 21, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at 808 Kearny Street at Washington Street in San Francisco. The campus will offer a full academic spectrum of classes including credit, non-credit and selected certificate programs.
To apply or for additional details about the APIASF Community College Scholarship Program for City College of San Francisco students, visit APIASF's website at www.apiasf.org. Also, follow APIASF on Facebook (www.facebook.com/apiasf) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/apiasf). More information about APIASF's programs and services can be found online at www.apiasf.org.
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.