September 20, 2013
Tia T. Gordon
202-756-4851 or 202-906-0149
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
New 2013-14 Scholarships Available For Asian American and Pacific Islander Students Attending Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2013-The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, is now accepting applications for the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program. The scholarship opportunity is available to full-time, degree-seeking AAPI students-at $2,500 each for the 2013-14 academic school year-who are enrolled at select AANAPISIs, including: City College of San Francisco, Coastline College, De Anza College, Guam Community College, Richland College, South Seattle Community College, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Massachusetts Boston.
The AANAPISI scholarship applicants must be of AAPI ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Department of Census (http://www.census.gov/population/race/about) and must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States or a citizen of the U.S. Freely Associated States. Other eligibility requirements include applicants submitting a request for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA; www.fafsa.ed.gov)-although applicants do not necessarily need to be recipients of federal financial aid to be eligible for the scholarship. The application deadline is Oct. 11, 2013 at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST.
"The AANAPISI Scholarship Program gives AAPI students great hope and a real chance to achieve their postsecondary education goals," said APIASF President & Executive Director Neil Horikoshi. "We're partnering with some of the nation's leading AANAPISIs-truly great colleges and universities that are doing outstanding work serving large concentrations of low-income AAPI students-to help provide the financial resources students need to support their education."
The AANAPISI Scholarship Program supports the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project, which was launched last year by APIASF along with the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) to help realize the full degree-earning potential of the AAPI student population.
Earlier this year, CARE release a report, Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER): Findings from the First Year of Research on AANAPISIs, which revealed the continuing growth of AANAPISIs along with their increasing positive impact on the fastest-growing, but often the most overlooked and underserved AAPI student population.
In addition, the AANAPISI Scholarship Program is being supported by ETS, USA Funds, Walmart Foundation, and Wells Fargo; while the PEER project is funded by The Kresge Foundation, USA Funds, and the Walmart Foundation.
The AANAPISI Scholarship Program scholarship recipients will be announced in January 2014.
To apply or for additional details about the AANAPISI Scholarship Program, 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 the PEER project can also be found on APIASF's website and by visiting CARE's website at www.nyu.edu/projects/care/pp.html.
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 $70 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.
The National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) identifies and examines key issues affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student access and success in U.S. higher education. The CARE project is informed by a national commission, consisting of K-12 and higher education professionals, policymakers and public officials, researchers and leaders of advocacy organizations, as well as a research advisory group and a research team. CARE aims to assess AAPI participation in higher education across various U.S. regions with consideration for the differences in socioeconomic, ethnic and national backgrounds among these students.