Press Releases

September 27, 2016


Leilani Pimentel
Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives

Walmart Provides Grant to Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to Provide Scholarship Opportunities for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 27, 2016) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) today is pleased to announce a $150,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation in support of college-bound Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students. With continued support from the Walmart Foundation, APIASF will fund an additional 48 Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students attending Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) nationwide.

The Walmart Foundation has been a supporter of APIASF since its inception, contributing more than $3 million to APIASF scholarships, events, and student support services. As a founding supporter of the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program, the Walmart Foundation understands the important role that AANAPISIs play in the APIA community. Nearly 50% of APIA undergraduates are enrolled at AANAPISIs, making these institutions critical sites of intervention.

In addition to its support of scholarships, the Walmart Foundation supports AANAPISI Welcome Receptions, which are meet-and-greet opportunities for Scholars, families, campus faculty, and APIASF staff. These events provide increased opportunities for students to utilize on-campus resources and help propel them in their higher education experience.

"For many years, APIASF has been working fervently to shed light on the significant role that AANAPISIs are playing in today's higher education landscape," states APIASF President & Executive Director Neil Horikoshi. "As our community grows, these campuses are critical to the success of APIA students. The Walmart Foundation has been a pioneer with us in this effort, and they have set the tone for other potential supporters to support the nation's fastest growing community in a strategic, sustainable manner."

"The Walmart Foundation is pleased to support APIASF as they provide APIA scholars with resources that increase their access to higher education," stated Carol May, Grant Manager for the Walmart Foundation. "We are proud to provide funds for scholarships, as well as access to guidance, mentorship and programs to facilitate students' academic success, leadership and professional growth."

To learn more about the scholarship recipients or for more information about the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program, please visit APIASF's website at Also, follow APIASF on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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.