More Than 500 Asian American Students Receive Scholarships from Asian & Pacific American Scholarship Fund
Wells Fargo Donates More Than $300K in 2011 and Pledges Another $25,000, a Total Donation of More Than $1.5 Million Since 2003
From left to right: Joe Kirk, Greater New York Area Regional President, Wells Fargo; Michelle Scales, Director of Diverse Growth Segments, Wells Fargo; Nancy Wong, Asian Segment Manager, Wells Fargo; Jacinta Titialli Abbott, Board Chair, APIASF; Neil Horikoshi, President and Executive Director, APIASF
NEW YORK, November 2, 2011 – More than 500 outstanding Asian Pacific American high school and college students were awarded scholarships last night at the APIASF annual benefit at the Hilton New York. Scholarships ranged from $2,500 to $8,000 individually. More than half of the awardees come from families that live at or below the poverty level, and other recipients are otherwise of low-socioeconomic status. Many of the scholars are the first in their family to attend college.
“Thanks to the APIASF scholarship program, my dream to attend college has become a reality,” said Rakhi Agrawal, a sophomore attending Columbia University. “I am grateful to organizations like Wells Fargo that make the APIASF scholarship program possible and encourage deserving students like myself to realize our fullest potential.”
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has donated more than $300,000 in scholarship funding in 2011 to South Asian and Chinese American high school students in need. Wells Fargo is a founding member of APIASF, and with last night’s pledge of an additional $25,000, has donated more than $1.5 million since 2003.
“In addition to funding, this year Wells Fargo has donated human capital to APIASF as well. Thirty four of our team members spent more than 300 hours of their personal time reading over some 900 scholarship applications,” said Nancy Wong, Asian Segment Manager at Wells Fargo.
The 6th Annual APIASF Scholarship Benefit 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 hosted a free career development workshop for students and young professionals in the area.
In addition to representing 43 states, Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and American Samoa, scholarship recipients also belong to one of the 48 different racial categories (U.S. Census Bureau) within the AAPI community including Bangladeshi, Cambodian, Chamorro, Chinese, Filipino, Native Hawaiian, Hmong, Indian, Korean, Laotian, Samoan, Vietnamese, and Yapese.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 23 on Fortune’s 2011 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Since 2003, APIASF has provided a critical bridge to higher education for APIA students across the country by distributing more than $50 million in scholarships to students. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF’s general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.