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March 2, 2017

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

APIASF Kicks off 2017 Jump Start College Tour in Northern California

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

Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2017) - 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 kick off its 2017 Jump Start College Tour at Mission College in Santa Clara, California, on March 4, 2017 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. The event, which is part of a national series presented by AT&T, Target, and founding sponsor Wells Fargo, will provide 400+ local high school students and their families with critical scholarship, college preparation and financial management resources.

Since 2014, APIASF has partnered with Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), such as Mission College, to offer the Jump Start College Tour to thousands of college bound AAPI students nationwide. Strategically located in areas with high AAPI populations, AANAPISI colleges and universities enroll more than 40 percent of all AAPI undergraduates. Attending presentations and sessions hosted by APIASF leaders, Jump Start sponsors and the host AANAPISI campus, participants learn how to identify resources to support their pursuit of higher education, to anticipate career trends, and strengthen their money management skills.

"The Jump Start College Tour enables APIASF to support America's fastest growing AAPI communities with more than just scholarships, but also comprehensive resources to ensure they are prepared for college," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President and Executive Director. "We thank our sponsors, AT&T, Target, and our founding sponsor Wells Fargo, for supporting underserved AAPI communities towards college and career success, strengthening AANAPISI colleges and universities, and, ultimately, increasing our collective impact." 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, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Wells Fargo. "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."

Later this year, APIASF will continue the Jump Start College Tour in Portland, Atlanta, and College Park, Maryland. 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 Instagram, 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 $110 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.