2014 Scholarship Benefit
On November 12, APIASF hosted its ninth annual Today's Minds, Tomorrow's Future ® Scholarship Benefit in New York City. The event recognized and celebrated the founding organizations, supporters and scholarship recipients who have shaped the organization since its inception.
That evening, The Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, USA Funds and the Walmart Foundation received the 2014 APIASF "Excellence in Education" Award for their pioneering work through the Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project.
MSNBC and NBC News Anchor Richard Lui was recognized with the 2014 APIASF "Inspiring Dreams" Award for his work in raising awareness for AAPI community college students. He also announced the APIASF Richard Lui Scholarship, which will provide scholarships for underserved AAPI students at the City College of San Francisco.
Dr. Mary A.Y. Okada was awarded the 2014 APIASF "Higher Education" Award for her leadership at Guam Community College - through her forward thinking, she has impacted thousands of students. More than 300 community leaders, corporate representatives and scholarship recipients attended the event to raise awareness about the need to support AAPI students. The Scholarship Benefit raised funds to support APIASF's ongoing work to support AAPI students access higher education, persist and succeed in college and beyond, ultimately contributing to a more vibrant America. Prior to the dinner, over 100 local students and young professionals attended the APIASF SMART Career Launch Summit where they heard from top corporate executives and enhanced their interview skills.
The proceeds from the Scholarship Benefit help APIASF continue to improve the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander American students by providing them with resources that increase access to higher education and serve as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger, more vibrant America.