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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 more vibrant America. We carry out our mission by: - Providing scholarships to AAPI students; - Forging partnerships among corporations, foundations, community organizations and individuals to provide adequate financial and other resources to carry out our mission; - Providing guidance, mentorship and programs to facilitate students' academic success, leadership and professional growth; - Establishing strategic alliances within AAPI and educational communities; and - Building a clearinghouse of higher education research on AAPI high school and college students and continue to increase awareness of AAPI education issues and challenges.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed nearly $90 million in scholarships to AAPI students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions scholarship program and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
APIASF leverages a scalable model of change that mobilizes communities for increased support, accelerates student success through scholarship and programs, and strengthens institutional capacity through partnerships with the nation's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). APIASF continues making a significant social impact with more than 80 percent of its first three cohorts of scholarship recipients in 2005, 2006 and 2007 becoming college graduates and nearly 60 percent of all scholarship recipients being the first in their family to attend college.