November 21, 2013
Director of Communications & Marketing
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
APIASF Recognizes McDonald's / AMOA for Work to Support AAPI Students
McDonald's and the Asian McDonald's Operators Association Serve as Presenting Sponsors to Commemorate APIASF's 10-Year Anniversary and More Than $1 Million in Support for Students
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 21, 2013) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), hosted its eighth annual Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future Scholarship Benefit on November 6 in New York City. McDonald's / Asian McDonald's Operators Association (AMOA) served as the presenting sponsor for the event to raise awareness of the needs of AAPI students.
The event commemorated the 10th anniversary of APIASF and recognized the founding organizations and individuals that were instrumental to the development of the non-profit. APAISF also honored Macy's, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, and Dr. Doris Ching, Emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Hawai'i System, as 2013 award recipients. Jim Johannesen, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Support Officer for McDonald's USA, served as the keynote speaker for the event and Don Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald's Corporation, provided special remarks.
"As two of APIASF's founding members, it was an honor to have McDonald's / AMOA provide such generous support to help commemorate our 10-year anniversary," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "The ongoing success of our organization is due to the foundation laid by our founding organizations and their commitment to our students has allowed APIASF to create a significant impact for the AAPI community."
More than 400 community leaders, corporate representatives and scholarship recipients attended the event to raise awareness about the need to support AAPI students. In addition to the evening reception, McDonald's served as the presenting sponsor for the APIASF career development workshop held earlier in the day. The money raised from the event will support APIASF's ongoing work to develop future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities and contribute to a vibrant America.
"APIASF began as a dream 10 years ago to help fill an important need for AAPI students as they faced the financial challenges of pursuing higher education," said Wai-Ling Eng, McDonald's Licensee in San Francisco and APIASF Founding Board Member and Past Board Chair. "Recognizing this important need, McDonald's / AMOA became leaders to help the organization come to fruition. Since that time, more than $1 million in support from McDonald's / AMOA has been provided to APIASF to help ensure that all AAPI students have the resources needed to access higher education."
For details about APIASF's work to strengthen communities or the Scholarship Benefit, visit APIASF's website at www.apiasf.org. Also, follow APIASF on Facebook (www.facebook.com/apiasf) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/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 $70 million in scholarships to deserving AAPI students. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions scholarship program, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.