Press Releases

February 28, 2014

Contact:
Katie Tran-Lam
Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund
202-747-7236
ktranlam@apiasf.org

Walmart Helps APIASF Distribute $500k+ Scholarships To Asian American And Pacific Islander Students at Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions

Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2014—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program announced plans to award 166 full-time, degree-seeking Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students with scholarships totaling more than $500,000. Each recipient will utilize the scholarships to support their academic endeavors at one of the following AANAPISIs: City College of San Francisco, Coastline Community College, De Anza College, Guam Community College, Richland College, South Seattle Community College, University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Illinois at Chicago, or University of Massachusetts Boston. This program is possible in part due to ongoing support from the Walmart Foundation.

Throughout their nearly ten year relationship with APIASF, the Walmart Foundation has contributed more than $1.7 million in donations which have supported APIASF scholarships and events as well as student programs and services. Through Walmart's generous support since the inception of the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program (formerly APIASF Community College Scholarship Program), they have proven to understand the importance of investing in community college efforts.

"Given our scope and focus, APIASF is uniquely positioned to provide scholarships to underserved AAPI college students who are academically successful, but who lack the necessary financial resources needed to achieve their postsecondary endeavors," said APIASF President & Executive Director Neil Horikoshi. "We are afforded the opportunity to connect and interact with hundreds of AANAPISIs across the country. As such, we want our scholars to benefit from and gain access to the support services available at these institutions—ultimately helping them to earn a quality education and degree."

In addition, through the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program, the Walmart Foundation supports the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project—a three-year, $2 million effort to help realize the full degree-earning potential of the AAPI student population through scholarships, institutional capacity-building, and institutional collaboration based on research. APIASF, along with its research partner, the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), are spearheading the PEER project while working collaboratively with City College of San Francisco, De Anza College, and South Seattle Community College. The Walmart Foundation has been instrumental in building the PEER project, allowing this research to be published and reach wider audiences.

"AANAPISIs serve disproportionately high concentrations of low-income AAPI students, so this is a great opportunity to engage with these institutions to support their students," said Robert T. Teranishi, CARE principal investigator and professor and co-director, Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at University of California, Los Angeles.

The Walmart Foundation generously funds both the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program and the PEER project alongside The Coca-Cola Foundation, ETS, The Kresge Foundation, USA Funds and Wells Fargo.

To learn more about the scholarship recipients or for more information about the APIASF 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). Details about the PEER project can also be found on APIASF's website and by visiting CARE's website at www.nyu.edu/projects/care.

About the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

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.

About the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education

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.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.