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April 27, 2017


Leilani Matasaua Pimentel

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) to Host Second Annual Community Sponsorship of College Students

Las Vegas Community Raises Funds to Support Local APIA College Students

WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2017) - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), in partnership with the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) and Las Vegas leaders, will host the second annual Community Sponsorship of College Students at 6:00pm on Wednesday June 21st at ACDC's Asian Community Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The benefit will raise funds to help make college a reality for local Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students. The event will convene local leaders, feature remarks from the inaugural cohort of APIASF/Las Vegas Scholars, and include entertainment by e320 Entertainment Group.

"In partnership with ACDC, and with the support of key leaders in the Las Vegas APIA community, APIASF is excited to convene our second annual Community Sponsorship of College Students in Las Vegas," said APIASF President and Executive Director, Neil Horikoshi. "The APIA community is the nation's fastest growing ethnic group and Nevada's largest city is a great example of our community's growth and the passion amongst local leaders to make a difference in the lives of college-bound students and their families."

"We are excited to co-host this event with APIASF to bring additional resources for our deserving students in Nevada," said Vida Lin, Co-Chair of the Las Vegas Host Committee and President & Founder of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC). "The cost of higher education is a barrier for many APIA families, and we are committed to break that barrier through this meaningful event."

"We are extremely grateful for the local support from ACDC and our Host Committee who has been instrumental in making this event a success," added Mr. Horikoshi. Host Committee members also include Michelle DiTondo (Co-Chair), Royce Chow, Cherina Kleven, Carolene Layugan, Steve Seroka, and Nancy Wong.

APIASF and the Host Committee welcome members of the community to register for the public event online. Community members who would like to support local APIA students but are unable to attend are encouraged to visit to make a donation. For more information about APIASF, visit Also, follow APIASF on Instagram (, Facebook ( and Twitter (

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 ACDC:
Established in 2014, the mission of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, is to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian & Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities in Nevada. The ACDC will promote, foster, champion and advocate for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the greater Nevada community. For more information, please visit