Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

These questions pertain to the APIASF Scholarship Program. For information regarding the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, please click here.

What is APIASF?
What are the requirements for the APIASF scholarship?
Where can I receive/pick-up/locate an application for an APIASF scholarship?
What is the deadline for all submissions?
Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to receive a scholarship?
I am a graduate student. Can I apply?
I am a continuing college student. Can I apply?
I am a student from Korea/Indonesia/India. Can I apply?
Are APIA students living in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands allowed to apply?
My parents are here on a special visa. Can I apply?
I have a GPA of 3.0. Would I qualify?
How do I know that my application was received?
How can I obtain more information about APIASF?
I am not a high school grad; however, I am attending a vocational school. Do I qualify?
I am still attending high school but am allowed to attend community college early; do I qualify for a scholarship?
Will APIASF allow me to purchase books, supplies (e.g., computer) with my scholarship money?
Is the scholarship award check made out to me or the school?
Could you give me some advice and support on completing the scholarship application when it is done? I speak limited English.
Are scholarships taxable?

What is APIASF?
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with financial need. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of AAPI students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America.

What are the requirements for the APIASF scholarship?

Where can I receive/pick-up/locate an application for an APIASF scholarship?
The APIASF Scholarship Program application must be completed online and submitted electronically once all of the required questions have been answered. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your login and password from any computer with Internet access. Please contact outreach@apiasf.org or 1-866-274-4677 x104. For information on the APIASF Scholarship application, please visit our APIASF Scholarship page.

What is the deadline for all submissions?
The deadline to submit the APIASF Scholarship Program application is January 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.
The deadline to submit the APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program application is October 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to receive a scholarship?
You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

I am a graduate student. Can I apply?
No. At this time, APIASF only offers scholarships to students that are enrolling in an undergraduate program.

I am a continuing college student. Can I apply?
Yes. At this time, APIASF offers scholarships to both high school seniors entering as first-time, degree seeking freshmen and to current college students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. In the future, we hope to secure financial support to offer scholarships for continuing undergraduates and graduate students.

I am a student from Korea/Indonesia/India. Can I apply?
You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

Are AAPI students living in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands allowed to apply?
Yes, as long as the student also meets all other criteria.

My parents are here on a special visa. Can I apply?
You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

I have a GPA of 3.0. Would I qualify?
Yes. The eligibility requirement regarding scholastic achievement is a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or the GED equivalent.

How do I know that my application was received?
You will receive an email notification after you submit your application.

How can I obtain more information about APIASF?
If you need additional information, please click here.

I am not a high school grad; however, I am attending a vocational school. Do I qualify?
Students that have the GED equivalent are eligible to apply as long they meet all other eligibility criteria.

I am still attending high school but am allowed to attend community college early; do I qualify for a scholarship?
Yes. Please view each Scholarship to view the specific eligibility requirements.

Will APIASF allow me to purchase books, supplies (e.g., computer) with my scholarship money?
APIASF scholarship awards can only be used to cover the cost of attendance. This may include tuition, fees, books, supplies, living expenses, and meals. The cost of attendance is calculated differently per college. Please check with the schools you wish to attend.

Is the scholarship award check made out to me or the school?
The scholarship award check is payable and mailed directly to your institution.

Could you give me some advice and support on completing the scholarship application when it is done? I speak limited English.
APIASF encourages you to talk to your school or college counselor. We understand the difficulty that many of our communities face in learning English and take that into consideration as we review our applications.

Are scholarships taxable?
The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting a tax advisor or financial aid counselor for more guidance.