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APIASF Hosts 6th Annual Scholarship Benefit

Washington–The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) recently honored USA Funds, United Health Foundation and Dr. Bob H. Suzuki as part of its 6th annual Today’s Minds, Tomorrow’s Future Scholarship Benefit. The event was held on November 1 at the Hilton New York.

APIASF, based in this capital, is the nation’s largest nonprofit devoted to providing college scholarships to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. USA Funds and the United Health Foundation were recognized for their strong commitment to diverse communities, extensive contributions to the field of education, and broad support of APIASF.

Dr. Bob H. Suzuki, President Emeritus of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, received the Higher Education Award for his long-standing commitment to education and efforts to support AAPI students.

The annual event brought together leading educators, community representatives, and business leaders who are committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible to those in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As part of the event, APIASF also held a free career development workshop for students and young professionals in the area.

“It’s an honor for APIASF to be able to highlight the outstanding work of each of our honorees and their commitment to improve the lives of AAPI students,” said APIASF President & Executive Director Neil Horikoshi.

“So often AAPI students are overlooked when it comes to investments in programs and resources that help provide access to higher education,” he added. “Our honorees have demonstrated their ongoing dedication to our students and our community by investing their time and resources to help ensure that all AAPI students have the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

Since 2003, APIASF (www.apiasf.org) has provided a critical bridge to higher education by distributing over $50 million in scholarships to deserving AAPI students through its two scholarship programs. In addition to the APIASF scholarship program, APIASF manages the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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