APIASF Partnership Provides Scholarships for Seven AANAPISI Students

CenterPoint Newsletter | Summer 2017 | By Yodit Hagos, AANAPISI Academic Counselor


During the fall of 2016, the UNLV Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program successfully collaborated with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) to provide AANAPISI participants the opportunity to apply for APIASF scholarships.

The APIASF/AANAPISI scholarship is open to all Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) students at participating AANAPISI programs. The APIASF/AANAPISI scholarship is an annual scholarship competition that awards between $500 for one academic semester to $20,000 for four academic years. The collaboration between APIASF and AANAPISI is one of twenty-three partnerships nationwide that assist communities by providing scholarships, expanding institutional capacity and mobilizing local resources to help foster economic development. In order for students to be eligible for the APIASF/AANAPISI scholarship, students must meet the following criteria: 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; citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau; and be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-seeking program at any of the AANAPISI partner institutions.

Through this partnership, seven UNLV AANAPISI students were awarded scholarships. Six students received $2,500 each semester for one academic year and one received $2,500 per semester for four academic years, which is the maximum award of $20,000 across the country. Here is a brief bio of our APIASF/AANAPISI 2016 scholarship recipients:

Raisa Kabir
APIASF/USA Funds
AANAPISI Scholarship
Major: Biology
Timothy Ogburn
APIASF/USA Funds
AANAPISI Scholarship
Major: Biotechnology
Jacky Cheung
APIASF/USA Funds
AANAPISI Scholarship
Major: Biology
Andrew Mandril
APIASF/USA Funds
AANAPISI Scholarship
Major: Public Health
Manuel Villarosa
APIASF/Walmart Foundation
AANAPISI Scholarship
Major: Public Health
Leah Love
APIASF/Walmart Foundation
AANAPISI Scholarship
Major: Graphic Design
Melanie Sahagun
APIASF/Hilton Worldwide
AANAPISI Scholarship
Major: Hotel Management