Press Releases

November 16, 2017


Rita Pin Ahrens
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications

APIASF Presents Jump Start College Tour at Georgia State University

Washington, D.C. - November 16, 2017 - The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs), will host the Jump Start College Tour at Georgia State University (GSU) on November 18 from 8:15 am - 3:15 pm. The event, sponsored by AT&T, Target, Teach for America, and founding sponsor, Wells Fargo, will provide local high school students and their families with critical scholarship, college preparation, and financial management resources.

The Jump Start College Tour targets the nation's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), such as GSU, that enroll more than 40 percent of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islander undergraduates nationally. Through this series, APIASF will be able to reach the largest APIA student populations at the institutions they attend. Participants will learn how to identify the resources that can help support their pursuit of higher education, anticipate career trends, and strengthen their money management skills.

"Jump Start College Tour reaffirms APIASF's commitment to directly serving local communities to support students' pursuit of higher education and beyond with tools to anticipate career trends and strengthen money management skills," said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President and Executive Director. "Nearly 14% of the GSU student body is APIA. In fact, according to the Southern Economic Journal, GSU is ranked as the top public or non-profit university in Georgia to confer degrees to Asian Americans. It is apparent that GSU is committed to serving the APIA community, and we are excited to partner with them for our last stop of the 2017 Jump Start College Tour."

"Wells Fargo is proud to support APIASF's Jump Start College Tour and its mission to increase access to higher education for promising Asian and Pacific Islander American students," said Georgette "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."

"At AT&T, we are committed to helping people connect with their world and opportunities that make life more fulfilling," stated Fatimot Ladipo, AT&T Georgia Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs. "AT&T is proud to support the Jump Start College Tour at Georgia State University, yet another resource APIASF offers to enrich lives and positively impact Georgia by helping prepare our youth to reach their academic dreams."

In addition to Jump Start College Tour at GSU, APIASF will be hosting its Community Sponsorship of College Students Fundraiser on Friday, November 17th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia that will be attended by local business and community leaders. Proceeds will benefit students in the Greater Atlanta area, providing additional scholarship funds for deserving APIA students in the region.

Earlier this year, APIASF hosted Jump Start College Tours in Portland, OR; Santa Clara, CA; and College Park, MD. Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA is the final 2017 Jump Start College Tour stop. For details about APIASF's events and to learn more about our scholarship programs and our work to strengthen communities, visit us at Also, follow APIASF on 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 vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $110 million in scholarships to deserving APIA 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.