Press Releases

October 30, 2017

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Rita Pin Ahrens
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications
rahrens@apiasf.org
202.715.0274

APIASF Announces Retirement in June 2018 of Neil Horikoshi

Executive Search for Successor Underway

Washington, D.C. - October 30, 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 (AAPI), has begun a search for a new President and Executive Director. Neil Horikoshi, who has served as APIASF's President and Executive Director since 2008, informed the Board earlier this year of his decision to retire as of June 30, 2018.

APIASF's Board of Directors formed a search committee this past spring. The Search Committee has retained The McCormick Group to conduct a nationwide search for APIASF's next President and Executive Director. The McCormick Group is a national executive search consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region

Under Mr. Horikoshi's leadership, APIASF has experienced significant growth and substantial impact. Based in Washington, D.C., 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 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 a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With a current staff of 18, APIASF's total revenue is in excess of $18 million managing the three scholarship programs.

"We are grateful for Neil's outstanding work over the last 9 years and appreciate his thoughtful advance notice of his decision to retire by the summer of 2018," said Kimo Kippen, Chairman of the APIASF Board of Directors. "Neil has assured us that he will remain involved to ensure a smooth transition for his successor and provide continuity with respect to APIASF's current and prospective funding partners and strategic initiatives."

"While Neil has set a very high bar, we are confident that APIASF can find a visionary and recognized leader in the AAPI and education communities to succeed Neil and advance APIASF's mission of serving one of the fastest growing communities in America," said Harsha Murthy, Chairman of the Search Committee of the APIASF Board.

Individuals interested in learning more about the APIASF President and Executive Director position and search process should contact Ms. Elizabeth Humphrey at The McCormick Group at ehumphrey@tmg-dc.com.


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: APIASF's general scholarship, APIASF's AANAPISI scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.