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July 28, 2016


Leilani Pimentel
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

APIASF and Wells Fargo Present Jump Start College Tour at University of Minnesota

First-Ever Jump Start College Tour in Twin Cities Boosts Higher Education Access and Financial Education for Local Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) High School Students

Washington, D.C. (September 6, 2016) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs), will host the Jump Start College Tour at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs on September 10 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. The event, which is part of a national series presented by Wells Fargo, will provide 400+ local high school students and their families with critical scholarship, college preparation and financial management resources.

The Jump Start College Tour targets the nation's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), such as the University of Minnesota, that enroll more than 40 percent of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (APIA) undergraduates nationally. Through this series, APIASF will be able to reach the largest APIA student populations at the institutions they attend. Participants will learn how to identify the resources that can help support their pursuit of higher education, to anticipate career trends, and strengthen their money management skills.

"The Jump Start College Tour will help local high school students and their parents leverage scholarship application resources, college preparedness and financial education to achieve their personal goals," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President and Executive Director. "This program allows APIASF to provide direct service to high school students in some of America's fastest growing APIA communities. It will help raise awareness of the needs of the students in the local community and provide APIASF with the opportunity to strengthen our ongoing partnerships with the nation's AANAPISIs to increase the impact we have on student success." Horikoshi said.

"Wells Fargo is proud to support APIASF's Jump Start College Tour and its mission to increase access to higher education for promising Asian and Pacific Islander American students," said Gigi Dixon, Wells Fargo Foundation's Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Partnerships. "Jump Start programs provide students with information that will help them succeed during their college years and beyond, and we are thrilled to continue this important relationship." In addition to the event, there will be a special community reception on September 8 at the University of Minnesota Campus Club, West Wing that will be attended by many local business and community leaders. The reception will highlight the need for ongoing collaborations to support local economic development and create a pipeline of future business leaders.

Earlier this year, APIASF hosted Jump Start College Tours in both Las Vegas, NV and Seattle, WA. The final 2016 Jump Start College Tour stop will be in New York City, NY on October 22. For details about APIASF's events and to learn more about our scholarship programs and our work to strengthen communities, visit us at Also, follow APIASF on Facebook and Twitter.


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 vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $100 million in scholarships to deserving 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.

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