August 7, 2014
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
New 2014-15 Scholarships Available for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students Attending Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions
Washington, D.C., August 7, 2014-The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is now accepting applications for the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program. The awards-each ranging between $2,500 and $5,000 totaling more than $625,000 for the 2014-15 academic year -are available to full-time, degree-seeking Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Each recipient will be able to utilize the scholarships to support their academic endeavors at one of the following 15 AANAPISIs: American Samoa Community College; California State University, East Bay; City College of San Francisco; Coastline Community College; De Anza College; Guam Community College; Laney College; Mission College; Queens College, CUNY; Richland College; South Seattle College; University of Guam; University of Hawai'i at Hilo; University of Illinois at Chicago; and University of Massachusetts Boston.
"APIASF is pleased to have the opportunity to significantly expand our AANAPISI Scholarship Program for the upcoming academic year with the addition of six new campus partners," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "With more than 40 percent of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders enrolled in higher education attending AANAPISIs, our partnerships with these campuses allow us to reach some of the highest concentrations of underserved students to accelerate their success. The growth of this scholarship program is another step closer to APIASF's goal to work with all 153 AANAPISI campuses across the country and in the Pacific Islands."
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions are recognized as minority serving institutions by the U.S. Department of Education and have at least 10 percent of undergraduate students identifying as Asian American and Pacific Islander. To date, 21 institutions have received federal funding through the AANAPISI grant program to help strengthen academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability to support AAPI students. Despite common misperceptions that AAPI students are attending the most selective universities, nearly half of all AANAPISIs are community colleges.
To apply for the program, students must attend one of the 15 AANAPISI partner institutions and meet the additional eligibility requirements available on the APIASF website at www.apiasf.org. The APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program is supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Educational Testing Service, General Mills Foundation, Hilton Worldwide, Honda, USA Funds, Walmart Foundation and Wells Fargo. The application deadline is Oct. 15, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST.
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 nonprofit 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 $80 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 Institution scholarship program, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.