Press Releases

March 31, 2017


Leilani Pimentel
Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives

United Health Foundation Supports College Access and Success for Asian and Pacific Islander American Students

$365,000 United Health Foundation grant to fund scholarships and support career development programs and events

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2017) — The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) announced it received a $365,000 grant from United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative to support college-bound Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students.

Since 2007, the United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative has donated over $16 million in scholarships to diverse students nationwide. The foundation has invested $1.8 million in support of APIASF scholarships for students studying in health fields like internal medicine, nursing and pharmacology. The Diverse Scholars Initiative supports Scholars with four years of funding for each recipient as well as multiple annual career development opportunities. By supporting the next generation of health care professionals — particularly in underserved communities — more students are able to meet future health needs in their communities.

"We thank United Health Foundation for its strong support of Scholars nationwide, including over 200 APIASF Scholars to date," said Neil Horikoshi, President and Executive Director of APIASF. "Through its most recent investment, United Health Foundation will support new scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year as well as critical events and programs to help ensure Scholar success and degree attainment. The Diverse Scholars Initiative has made opportunities possible for hundreds of APIASF/UHF Scholars across the nation, and we are grateful for its continued support."

"Creating a future health workforce that can meet people's distinct health care needs is critical to building healthier communities and helping people live healthier lives," said Chris Stidman, President of United Health Foundation. "We are honored to support tomorrow's health care workforce in developing the skills and capabilities needed to meet the health care needs of a diverse population."

To learn more about APIASF's scholarship programs and our work to strengthen communities, visit us 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 $110 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.

About United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative
Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed nearly $358 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at or follow