NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENTS WHO ATTEND COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2012--The Asian & Pacific Islander American
Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization
devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian American and Pacific
Islander (AAPI) students, is now accepting applications for the APIASF
Community College Scholarship Program. The organization's new scholarship
opportunity--ranging from $2,250 to $5,000 each during the 2012-13 academic
school year--is available to 155 full-time, degree-seeking AAPI students who
are enrolled at either City College of San Francisco, Coastline Community
College, De Anza College, or South Seattle Community College.
The APIASF Community College Scholarship Program applicants must be of AAPI
ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Department of Census and must be a citizen,
national, or legal permanent resident of the United States or a citizen of
the U.S. Freely Associated States. Other eligibility requirements include
applicants submitting a request for federal financial aid using the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)--although applicants do not
necessarily need to be recipients of federal financial aid to be eligible
for the APIASF Community College Scholarship Program. The application
deadline is Oct. 12, 2012.
"We've known for some time that the largest population of AAPI college
enrollment, at 47.3 percent, is in the community college sector; therefore,
our goal has always been to work toward creating significant opportunities
at those types of institutions for students to access, complete, and succeed
in postsecondary education," said APIASF President & Executive Director Neil
Horikoshi. "For those reasons, we created the APIASF Community College
Scholarship Program as a natural extension of our efforts to not only
increase overall AAPI student success, but to develop scalable models for
training future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models
in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America."
Additionally, the APIASF Community College Scholarship Program supports the
new Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project,
which APIASF along with the National Commission on Asian American and
Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) launched recently to help
realize the full degree-earning potential of the AAPI student population.
Considered one of the largest investments to date to increase AAPI student
success, the PEER project is a three-year, nearly $2 million effort being
supported by The Kresge Foundation, USA Funds, and the Walmart Foundation.
The PEER project also works collaboratively with three of the APIASF
Community College Scholarship Program institutions: De Anza College, City
College of San Francisco, and South Seattle Community College.
The APIASF Community College Scholarship Program is being supported by The
Coca-Cola Foundation, USA Funds, Walmart, and Wells Fargo.
The APIASF Community College Scholarship Program scholarship recipients will
be announced in January 2013.
To apply or for additional details about the APIASF Community College
Scholarship Program, visit APIASF's website at www.apiasf.org
Also, follow APIASF on Facebook www.facebook.com/apiasf
and Twitter www.twitter.com/apiasf
More information about the PEER project can also be found on APIASF's
website and by visiting CARE's website at www.nyu.edu/projects/care/pp.html
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