January 2019
Mentors Needed ! Join Now to Support
Our Students & Alumni

Leadership Academy eMentorship Program Series

Help us grow future leaders! Volunteer to mentor in our Leadership Academy preconference eMentorship program to help students arrive ready to put their best foot forward! Opportunities to get involved include: 
  • Resume review eMentoring session | Week of February 18, 2019
  • Networking practice eMentoring session | Week of March 1, 2019
  • Optional student webinars:
    • Resume Webinar | February 13, 2019 at 3 PM ET
    • Networking Webinar | February 27, 2019 at 3 PM ET
Apply by January 28, 2019: CLICK HERE 


Help us expand our network of professionals offering eMentorship as part of our 2019 SMART program. Scholar Mentoring + Access to Resources and Training (SMART) is a flexible online program designed to grow with our Scholars as they transition from college to career. Volunteer by becoming an active member of our myAPIAnetwork family! Opportunities to get involved include:
  • Join myAPIAnetwork, introduce yourself and post regularly to encourage Scholar networking
  • Once contacted by a Mentee, schedule three eMentoring sessions in 2019 to support them in their desired areas of academic and professional growth
Join Our Network Now: myAPIAnetwork.org

Please contact APIA Scholars Programs staff at
programs@apiascholars.org for assistance or questions.
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Leadership Academy: ELEVATE
Do you know an APIA college student looking to make that big step into their career? APIA Scholars is now accepting applications for the March 9, 2019 Leadership Academy: ELEVATE in Washington, D.C. Attendees will learn how to align their diverse skills with jobs in that industry, navigate APIA identity in the professions, and develop the leadership skills necessary to rise in the workplace.

APIA and AANAPISI Scholars apply HERE | Local college students apply HERE

Please contact programs@apiascholars.org with questions.
Volunteer Readers Needed !

APIA Scholars is looking for volunteers to review scholarship applications. Volunteers will have access to a secure website to review applications at their convenience. Readers are asked to commit to a minimum of 20 applications, with each application taking approximately 10-15 minutes. All readers must have an undergraduate college diploma or a minimum of 7 years of work experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know APIA Scholars and the students we serve!
APIA Scholarship Read: January 14-March 12, 2019
Please contact ehyde@apiasf.org with any questions.
Upcoming Jump Start College Tours!

The Jump Start College Tour is a FREE college readiness workshop that partners with the nation's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) to provide culturally relevant financial aid and college success strategies to APIA high school students and families. This event will include free food and prizes!

Sign up now for a tour near you!
GMS Scholar Highlight

Pheng Lee

Pheng Lee
2018-19 APIASF/Hong Kong Scholar
Majoring in Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
"There's a sense of pride and joy when you walk across the stage after twelve years of hard work. Now, imagine coming from a low income family that immigrated from Thailand and when you walk across that stage, you're the first valedictorian ever in the family. Even better, you're the first to attend a four year university. To set an example for your younger siblings, that's more than just pride and joy, it's something special. 

I am a Hmong boy, born in a refugee village on the other side of the globe, and when my family immigrated to the United States, it was hard to adjust and full of obstacles. For my siblings and I, we were placed in the educational system with a disadvantage because of our language barrier. As for my parents, they had to provide for a family of seven and with no education they endured the long hours to make ends meet. They are two of the most unselfish person ever, always putting my siblings and I first. The only thing they ask for in return, is for us to focus on our education. My parents would always remind me to get a good education so I can have a good career and perhaps I won't have to work as hard as they did. They always wanted better for us, and I know that although it could get hard sometimes, anything I'll ever do would never be as hard as what they had to do. I am pursuing a higher education not only to fulfill their wish, but because I want to give my parents the life they never dreamed of, since they were too focused on giving me the life I've always dreamt of.

Using this as motivation and my past accomplishments as confirmation, in fall of 2018 I will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles and major in Biology. I want to thank the APIASF/ Hong Kong scholarship, for believing in me and giving me this generous fund. It is without words how helpful this scholarship is to me. With the annual salary of my parents just above the line of poverty, this scholarship along with other financial support would allow my education to be manageable and not become a financial burden. This scholarship not only allowed me to reach my goals, but it gave me the opportunity to succeed and one day, I'll pay it forward. Thank you."

Thank you, United Health Foundation!

Since 2007, the United Health Foundation (UHF) Diverse Scholars Initiative has provided over $2.465 million in support of APIA Scholars. Over the past 12 years, UHF has contributed directly to supporting scholarships, career development events, and programs for APIA college students nationwide. Together, we have supported Scholars pursuing careers as health professionals, highlighted key issues for APIAs in higher education, and celebrated the accomplishments of our Scholars while creating a community of philanthropy.
Thank you, UHF, for being an early partner to APIA Scholars and for your continued support and effort towards strengthening diverse communities!

APIA Scholars, formerly the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, is the nation's leading provider of college scholarships and resources for Asian & Pacific Islander Americans to access, complete, and succeed.