Press Releases

October 13, 2016


Leilani Matasaua Pimentel
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

APIASF to Honor Community & Scholar Leaders at Scholarship Benefit in New York

Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future® Scholarship Benefit to Recognize for Supporting Asian and Pacific Islander American Students in Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 13, 2016) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA), will recognize various community and Scholar leaders at its annual Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future Scholarship Benefit on October 20 in New York City.

The eleventh annual APIASF Scholarship Benefit will celebrate the accomplishments of APIASF Scholars and partners with the theme, Unleashing Potential. Over 300 APIA community leaders will gather together to celebrate the important work of supporting underserved APIA students.

"I am honored to be able to highlight all of APIASF's scholars and supporters," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director. "For over thirteen years, APIASF has strived for excellence and served as the national nonprofit dedicated to supporting aspiring APIA college students. This evening is about celebrating our Scholars and honoring individuals and organizations in our community who have demonstrated a commitment to our Scholars' potential and future success. We thank all of our sponsors, including presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo, for their continued support of our Benefit."

Guests and attendees will honor the following individuals and organizations:

The event will be hosted by comedian Dan Nainan, featuring APIASF Scholar speakers and a special performance by internationally renowned dance company, Nonosina Polynesia.

For details about APIASF's work to strengthen communities or the Scholarship Benefit, visit APIASF'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.