APIA Scholars was founded as Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in 2003, and is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. The organization has, since then, distributed over $150 million in scholarships to more than seven thousand students, two-thirds of whom live at or below poverty level.
Today, the organization manages two scholarship programs: the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to underserved APIA students, and the AANAPISI (the Asian American and Native Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) Scholarship, which provides scholarships, expands institutional capacity, and mobilizes local resources to help foster economic development, by providing scholarships to students attending one of APIA Scholars/AANAPISI Partner campuses.
APIA Scholars identifies the organization’s vision, to see that “all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal, and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, or financial means.” Their programs work to that end, by providing programs and services, such as the Jump College Tour, mentoring, the Young Professionals Conference, and the Higher Education Summit, where stakeholders across education, public, private, and non-profit sectors convene to address issues of educational and economic equity in the APIA community. APIA Scholars have access to resources, including a first-year support program, individual advising, leadership development curricula, and alumni networks.
APIA Scholars is also an HSF Strategic Partner and has supported College Prep Saturday, a free, half-day workshop designed to help middle and high school students and parents from a diverse cohort of low-income, historically underrepresented socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds prepare, plan, and pay for college.
HSF plans and executes College Prep Saturday in partnership with the Youth Leadership Consortium, a partnership, led by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, of organizations such as the American Indian College Fund, College Board, College Greenlight, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Jack and Jill Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and HSF, brought together by the mission to provide students and families of all backgrounds and ethnicities with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education. The consortium works to ensure that the families collectively served at these events are representative of the diversity of the United States.