Mission: To make a difference in the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students by providing them with resources that improve their access to higher education.
About the Organization: Founded in 2003, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest nonprofit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. In addition to awarding scholarships, the organization provides guidance, mentorships, and programs designed to facilitate students' academic success, leadership, and professional growth; establishes strategic alliances within APIA and educational communities; and serves as a clearinghouse of higher education research on APIA high school and college students while working to increase awareness of APIA education issues and challenges. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed over $100 million in scholarships to more than six thousand APIA students.
Current Programs: APIASF currently manages two scholarship programs: the general APIASF Scholarship Program and the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions Scholarship Program. (The Gates Millennium Scholars Program/Asian Pacific Islander Americans, which is part of a program launched in 1999 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, awarded its final scholarships in 2016.) The APIASF Scholarship Program provides scholarships ranging from one-time awards of $2,500 to multiyear awards of $20,000, while the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions Scholarship Program provides scholarships ranging from one-time awards of $2,500 to multiyear awards of $5,000 to students attending partner campuses, with a focus on those who are living at or below poverty level, are the first in their families to attend college, and have demonstrated a commitment to community service as well as academic achievement. The organization also provides support through an emergency fund.
Scholarship recipients also have access to resources such as a first-year support program, mentoring services, individual advising, leadership development curricula, and alumni networks.
Website: Visitors to the APIASF site can learn about the organization's scholarship programs; download outreach flyers in eight languages in addition to English; explore the demographic breakdown of the latest cohort of scholarship recipients; and/or browse former recipients' success stories. Visitors also can keep up to date with developments via the organization's blog; browse APIASF research reports; or find out how to support the organization by volunteering, creating a scholarship, donating stock, making an in-kind gift, and/or making an online donation.
Funding: The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund is funded by individuals, foundations, and corporations.