April 2019
March Leadership Academy: ELEVATE 
  a huge success!
100 APIA Scholars attended the March 9th Leadership Academy: ELEVATE!

On Saturday, March 9th, APIA Scholars hosted Leadership Academy: ELEVATE at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. An enthusiastic crowd of 100 students from across the nation and the Pacific Islands participated in the day-long event, featuring presenters sharing their experiences, skills, and knowledge with Scholars. Sharing these first-hand accounts helps Scholars hone and refine the skills necessary to succeed in today's economy. Highlights included sessions on Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in the Professions and STEM and Business in the Professions. Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen of the podcast, Asian, Not Asian discussed cultural expectations and how to lead meaningful non-traditional careers. Another benefit of Leadership Academy: ELEVATE was providing Scholars an opportunity to engage with one another and share and compare the experiences. Many of Scholars left the event with new skills and perspectives on how to succeed not only in higher education but in their future careers.

Thank you to all our Sponsors for supporting
the March Leadership Academy: ELEVATE!

Thank you to all of our amazing Sponsors for helping to educate, elevate, and empower the next generation of leaders! 
2019 Jump Start College
Kicks Off at CSU, East Bay!
Denise Miles (center), SVP of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations at Wells Fargo, pictured with several Jump Start College participants.

This past weekend, the 2019 APIA Scholars Jump Start College (JSC) kicked off at California State University, East Bay! Leroy Morishita, President of CSU, East Bay, and Denise Miles, SVP of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations at Wells Fargo, provided welcome remarks to 196 high school students and their parents. Students explored the journey from high school to college - from choosing a college to admissions and financing an education - while parents learned how to guide their children through the admissions and financing components of higher education. After morning rains, the skies cleared and attendees were able to end their day with a campus tour!

Couldn't join us in California? No problem! Our second JSC will be held later this month at Georgia State University (GSU) on April 27th from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM. JSC 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. These events will include free meals and free prizes. 
Click below to join us for our next 
Jump Start College in Atlanta:


Please contact programs@apiascholars.org with any questions.
4th Annual Community Fundraiser 
to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada !

Las Vegas community members, please join APIA Scholars on Tuesday, April 30th at the 4th Annual Community Fundraiser for College-Bound APIA Youth hosted by the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC).
Join us for a fun evening of entertainment and refreshments and bid on some of our exciting silent auction experiences donated by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment. Meet APIA Scholars' President & Executive Director, Noël Harmon, along with Las Vegas Scholars and your fellow community members!
Don't live in Las Vegas but know someone who does? Please share our flyer with your network! Interested in supporting Las Vegas Scholars from afar? Click here to make a donation today!

Thank you to the Walmart Foundation for making this year's event possible!
Scholar Highlight

Huiling Cai at Leadership Academy: ELEVATE.

Huiling Cai
2018 APIA / MUFG Union Bank Scholar
Public Accounting, BS
Fordham University
Huiling Cai is a 2018 APIA / MUFG Union Bank Scholar. She is a first generation college student pursuing her Bachelor's of Science in Public Accounting at Fordham University with the goal to graduate in December 2020. 

Huiling immigrated to the United States three years ago. While she was learning English, she was inspired by Barack Obama's words, "make myself of some use," which fueled her drive to earn a degree and be useful to her family, to the community, to society, and to the world. Besides maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Huiling is also involved in programs that help develop her leadership abilities including the President's Society at LaGuardia, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Academic Peer Instruction.
Huiling was among 100 Scholars selected to attend our APIA Scholars Leadership Academy: ELEVATE this past March. Through the preconference mentorship series, Huiling was mentored by Staci Lee, Contract Development Manager at Farmers Insurance. Huiling gives credit to Ms. Lee's great mentoring that enabled her to prepare for and secure an internship at Ernst & Young. Huiling's long-term career goal is to be a leader in business and become a business consultant or a college professor. She is eager to be an example to other women by speaking on women's issues and helping to build better communities.
Op-Ed: "How to Make Sense of Financial Aid Letters"
by No ël S. Harmon, PhD | President & Executive Director, APIA Scholars

We are quickly approaching the day when many students will be getting their acceptance letters to colleges and universities.  It is important to note that being accepted by a school is just the first step. This article by APIA Scholars' President and Executive Director, Noël Harmon explains, "How to Make Sense Out of Financial Aid Letters." 

Noël S. Harmon, PhD

Click here to read her article!

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