Apia Scholarship Application Guide And FAQs

APIA Scholars, formerly the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA Scholars), is the nation’s largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) with financial need. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA 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 stronger America.

ABOUT THE APIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;
  • Are the first in their families to attend college;
  • Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
  • Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.

 

HOW TO APPLY

The APIA Scholarship Program application must be completed online and submitted electronically once all of the required questions have been answered. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your login from any computer with internet access. The application will be available for the 2020-2021 academic year from September 4, 2019 until January 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

If you need some tips on helping you prepare to apply, please check out our Applicant Resources.

 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APIAS SCHOLARSHIPS?

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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APIA SCHOLARS MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2020.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year using the Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by early April 2020
  • Submit one letter of recommendation online

 

QUESTIONS?

For additional information please contact info@apiascholars.org.

 

SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORTERS

The APIA Scholarship Program is supported by 3M, AT&T, Bank of Hope, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Cox Enterprises, FedEx, First Republic Bank, MGM International, MUFG-Union Bank, NBCUniversal, Target, Toyota, United Health Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo.

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

APPLICATION OPENS

JANUARY 22, 2020 5PM EST

APPLICATION CLOSES

MID-SPRING 2020

FINALIST NOTIFICATION

EARLY SUMMER 2020

SCHOLAR NOTIFICATION

LATE SUMMER 2020

SCHOLARSHIP DISTRIBUTION

WHERE CAN I RECEIVE/PICK-UP/LOCATE AN APPLICATION FOR AN APIAS SCHOLARSHIP?

The APIAS Scholarship Program application must be completed online and submitted electronically once all of the required questions have been answered. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your login and password from any computer with Internet access. Please contact applicant@apiascholars.org or 1-877.808.7032, option 3 with any questions. For information on the APIAS Scholarship application, please visit our APIAS Scholarship page.

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WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS?

The deadline to submit the APIA Scholarship Program application is January 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST. The deadline to submit the AANAPISI Scholarship Program application is November 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.

DO I HAVE TO BE A U.S. CITIZEN TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP?

You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

I AM A GRADUATE STUDENT. CAN I APPLY?

No. At this time, APIA Scholars only offers scholarships to students that are enrolling in an undergraduate program.

I AM A CONTINUING COLLEGE STUDENT. CAN I APPLY?

Yes. At this time, APIA Scholars offers scholarships to both high school seniors entering as first-time, degree seeking freshmen and to current college students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. In the future, we hope to secure financial support to offer scholarships for continuing undergraduates and graduate students.

I AM A STUDENT FROM KOREA/INDONESIA/INDIA. CAN I APPLY?

You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

ARE APIA STUDENTS LIVING IN PUERTO RICO OR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ALLOWED TO APPLY?

Yes, as long as the student also meets all other criteria.

MY PARENTS ARE HERE ON A SPECIAL VISA. CAN I APPLY?

I HAVE A GPA OF 3.0. WOULD I QUALIFY?

Yes. The eligibility requirement regarding scholastic achievement is a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or the GED equivalent.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY APPLICATION WAS RECEIVED?

You will receive an email notification after you submit your application.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE APIAS SCHOLARSHIP?

If you need additional information, please contact applicant@apiascholars.org or 1-877.808.7032, option 3 with any questions.

I AM NOT A HIGH SCHOOL GRAD; HOWEVER, I AM ATTENDING A VOCATIONAL SCHOOL. DO I QUALIFY?

Students that have the GED equivalent are eligible to apply as long they meet all other eligibility criteria.

I AM STILL ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL BUT AM ALLOWED TO ATTEND COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARLY; DO I QUALIFY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?

Yes. Please view each Scholarship to view the specific eligibility requirements.

WILL APIA SCHOLARS ALLOW ME TO PURCHASE BOOKS, SUPPLIES (E.G., COMPUTER) WITH MY SCHOLARSHIP MONEY?

APIA Scholars awards can only be used to cover the cost of attendance. This may include tuition, fees, books, supplies, living expenses, and meals. The cost of attendance is calculated differently per college. Please check with the schools you wish to attend.

IS THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CHECK MADE OUT TO ME OR THE SCHOOL?

The scholarship award check is payable and mailed directly to your institution.

COULD YOU GIVE ME SOME ADVICE AND SUPPORT ON COMPLETING THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WHEN IT IS DONE?
I SPEAK LIMITED ENGLISH.

APIA Scholars encourages you to talk to your school or college counselor. We understand the difficulty that many of our communities face in learning English and take that into consideration as we review our applications.

ARE SCHOLARSHIPS TAXABLE?

The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting a tax advisor or financial aid counselor for more guidance.

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