AACC Celebrates National Asian and Pacific Islander Month
Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. In 1990, Congress voted to expand it from a week to a month long celebration. In May 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. To learn more about National Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/aapi.
Register for APIASF's 4th Annual Higher Education Summit
On June 25, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) will host its fourth annual Higher Education Summit Series. Last year's event brought together many leaders including the presidents of nearly all of the funded Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) to help advance the democratic mission of higher education and increase Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student success. This year, the Summit theme will be Moving Forward: Engaging the Changing Face of America and will include the presentation of new data, the exploration of best practices for supporting student success and the advancement of institutional capacity.
Scholarship Opportunity For Underserved Students
Qualified applicants must be a high school senior, college student,and/or between the ages of 18-25, pursuing studies at a vocational or trade school. All applicants must be a U.S. Citizen and complete the on-line application no later than the published deadline date, which is May 31, 2013. The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is unique in that it offers scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools, students who have earned a GED, students with grade point averages of 2.0 and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc., but desire a higher educational opportunity.