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February 11, 2016

MGM Resorts International Sponsors Local Asian American & Pacific Islander (APIA) Community Reception Hosted by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

The Nation's Largest Asian American & Pacific Islander-Serving Scholarship Fund and MGM Resorts International to Highlight UNLV support of APIA Students and Celebrate Scholar Achievements

LAS VEGAS, NV (February 11, 2016) — MGM Resorts International will sponsor a community reception hosted by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 19 at the New York, New York Hotel's Liberty Loft. The reception will convene local Asian American & Pacific Islander (APIA) community leaders to celebrate the successes of local APIA students. UNLV will also be highlighted for its recent success in securing a federal grant to serve APIA students on campus through counseling, support programs and undergraduate research. In 2015, the university was one of ten campuses in the nation to receive U.S. Department of Education funding through the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant program.

The event will feature speakers including UNLV president Dr. Len Jessup, APIASF scholarship recipients, and local community leaders — highlighting the importance of cross-sector collaboration to support students throughout the Las Vegas area.

"With generous support of MGM Resorts International, APIASF is very excited to be convening with the Las Vegas APIA community and with UNLV," said APIASF president and executive director, Neil Horikoshi. "UNLV has done outstanding work in support of the APIA community, and we applaud the university on its recent AANAPISI grant award. We are enthusiastic to bring leaders from all sectors to discuss the importance of supporting APIA students to become the leaders of tomorrow."

"As a longtime champion of diversity, and a devoted advocate of quality education, MGM Resorts International is proud to partner with APIASF in celebrating the extraordinary academic achievements of Asian American & Pacific Islander students in our community," said Tony Gladney, Vice President of National Diversity Relations for MGM Resorts International.

UNLV is home to dozens of cultural, ethnic, and religious-based student organizations. With a total enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, UNLV has more than 4,000 Asian, Native American, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander undergraduates. It meets Minority Serving Institution requirements as an AANAPISI institution as well as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Over 170 campuses nationwide are AANAPISI-eligible and only 27 have received the grant since its inception in FY 2008.

"Nevada is one of the fastest-growing states for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians, and each year UNLV is becoming more reflective of the community and state it serves," said Dr. Rainier Spencer, UNLV Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Vice President for Diversity Initiatives. "Embracing and celebrating diversity among UNLV's students, staff and faculty, and community is critical to the university's aspirations to becoming a top tier national public research institution."

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About MGM Resorts International:
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at

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.

About UNLV:
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. Learn more at

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MGM Resorts International

Joy Yoo
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

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