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February 9, 2016

Joy Yoo
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Kimo Kippen Elected Board Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

The Nation's Largest Asian American & Pacific Islander (APIA) Serving Scholarship Fund Welcomes New Board Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 9, 2016) — The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund's (APIASF) board of directors has elected Kimo Kippen as chair to lead APIASF with its continuing leadership to accelerate Asian and Pacific Islander student access, persistence and success. The board also recognized the service of Michael Fung, who served as Board Chair for the past four years.

Kippen is the Chief Learning Officer at Hilton Worldwide and is responsible for strategic oversight of learning and development. Due to his successes in this position, CLO Magazine recently named Kimo CLO of the Year. Kimo has served as the chairman of the board of the Association for Talent Development (formerly, American Society for Training & Development) in 2007 and is a member of the organization's Public Policy Council. Kimo also sits on the board for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and is actively involved with Business Champions as a representative for Hilton Worldwide. In addition, Hilton Worldwide is a founding member organization of APIASF.

"APIASF is extremely fortunate to have in its new board chair such an experienced and talented person," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "Kimo Kippen has been a tremendously active board member since 2012. His passion for supporting Asian American & Pacific Islander (APIA) students is unmatched, and I look forward to continuing my strong working relationship with him. Kimo is an excellent chairman to lead APIASF to its next level of success for the nation's underserved Asian and Pacific Islander American communities."

Kippen succeeds Michael Fung, former Chief Financial Officer of Walmart, as board chair. After four years as chairman, Fung has led the organization to receive a record number of scholarship applications every year, expanded our partnerships with supporters and institutions, led APIASF to be recognized as a top performing S&I 100 organization and created a four-Star Charity Navigator and Gold Guidestar charity rating of scalability and fiscal responsibility.

"I can't say enough wonderful things about Michael's leadership over the past four years," Horikoshi said. "He has been an inspiration to his fellow board members, to me and to the entire staff. His precise knowledge of strategic planning and organizational fiscal sustainability has been priceless to this organization and to me personally. He has left big shoes to fill but we look forward to his continued leadership as a Board member."

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About About 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 and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). 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 more vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed over $100 million in scholarships to APIA students. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: the APIASF General Scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.