Press Releases

October 17, 2016

Contacts:

Leilani Pimentel
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
lpimentel@apiasf.org
202.715.0273

APIASF and Wells Fargo Present Jump Start College Tour at Queens College

College Tour Boosts Higher Education Access for Local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Students

Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2016) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), will host the Jump Start College Tour at Queens College on October 22 from 8:15 am - 3:15 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 serves the nation's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), such as Queens College, that enroll more than 40 percent of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) undergraduates nationally.

"The Jump Start College Tour will help local high school students and their parents access 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 AAPI communities. Through our Jump Start College Tour at Queens College, APIASF will also be able to reach a highly concentrated population in Queens County, where a quarter of the population is Asian American," 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 American and Pacific Islander 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."

Earlier this year, APIASF hosted Jump Start College Tours in Las Vegas, Seattle, and Minneapolis. For details about APIASF's events and to learn more about our scholarship programs and our work to strengthen communities, visit us at www.apiasf.org. 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 Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). 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 AAPI 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 Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune's 2016 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo's corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.