Press Releases

December 18, 2012

Contact: Katie Tran-Lam
Director of Communications & Marketing
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

APIASF Remembers Senator Inouye

Statement on the Passing of Senator Daniel Inouye

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 18, 2012) - Washington, D.C., - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest nonprofit provider of college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students, mourns the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye. As one of the longest-serving Senators in history and a tireless advocate for the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA), Senator Inouye's passing is a tremendous loss for the community and the country.

"Senator Inouye is one of the best examples of service and heroism that can be found," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "From the time he enlisted in the military to his last days in Congress, Senator Inouye never stopped fighting for his community and his country. He has been a personal inspiration to me and has inspired generations of others to give back."

Through his service in Congress, Senator Inouye contributed significantly to education and increased college access and success. Senator Inouye helped secure millions of dollars of support of Native Hawai’ian education, low-income students, workforce training and Native Hawai’ian Serving Institutions. Through these efforts, Senator Inouye was able to improve the educational experience of students in Hawai’i and thousands of other students across the country.

"Senator Inouye's ongoing support of education made him a friend to APIASF and an important champion for our community," said Horikoshi. "Many of our scholarship recipients are directly benefitting from his work to support the schools and students of Hawai’i. The impact of his work will continue on for generations and will not be forgotten."

The thoughts of everyone at APIASF will be with Senator Inouye's wife, Irene, his son, Ken, and the rest of the Inouye family during this difficult time.

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 and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). 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 APIA 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.