December 13, 2013
Director of Communications & Marketing
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Tia T. Gordon
202-756-4851 or 202-906-0149
APIASF Releases First of Kind Report on Scholars
Nation's Largest Scholarship Organization for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Issues New Report on Low-Income, High Achieving Students
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 13, 2013) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest nonprofit provider of college scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, released its first report on the needs and experiences of scholarship recipients. The report, APIASF Scholar Perspectives: A National Report on the Needs and Experiences of Low-Income Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarship Recipients, was commissioned to respond to the dearth of research on the educational needs and experiences of low-income, high-performing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, and serves as the foundation for APIASF's evidence-based student programs.
The report data is a result of two assessments - one in 2009 and the other in 2011 - APIASF conducted to gain a more accurate understanding of AAPI scholarship recipients' needs and experiences on a national-scale. The findings illustrate the challenges Scholars faced in connecting to their respective campuses based on their social class, racial and ethnic identities. Additionally, the report points to other challenges that students encountered such as the need to be more aware of academic resources on campus, increased investments in leadership development training and culturally relevant resources.
"This report marks an important milestone for APIASF, as we bring to light the needs and experiences of our thousands of scholarship recipients from across the country and the Pacific Islands," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "For the first-time, our organization is able to share the information that we have gleaned from our decade of service to students and to help inform the work of practitioners, policymakers, community leaders and college presidents as they develop programs for the AAPI student population."
As the nation's fastest growing community of color, AAPI college enrollment is expected to increase by 35 percent over the next decade. This rapid change makes the success of Asian American and Pacific Islander students in higher education even more critical to America's college completion goals. Research such as this report demonstrates significant impact of APIASF in supporting Scholars and the importance of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions to address the needs of AAPI students.
"The data from this report is instrumental to our work to elevate the experience of AAPI students in the national higher education dialogue and to more accurately depict their experiences on campus," said Horikoshi. "This information has the potential to impact the hundreds of thousands of AAPI students enrolled in higher education across the country to help ensure they have the resources needed to access, complete and succeed after post-secondary education."
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of 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 AAPI students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. 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.