4 Scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Students

Despite being the largest ethnic demographic in the world, and Mandarin Chinese being the most commonly spoken language throughout the globe, Asian Americans are woefully underrepresented in America. In the media, government positions, executive jobs, as well as many other fields, Asians are a minority.

To combat this, many scholarships dedicate themselves to inspiring Asian American and Pacific Islander students in a myriad of fields. Take a look below to see some of the Asian American scholarships available.

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Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 – $3,000

Deadline: March 27

The Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship awards two to three scholarships to incoming college freshmen. Students must either be Asian or Pacific Islander.

To qualify, students must: be from California, with preference given to the Bay Area, have at least a 2.8 GPA, and be the first person in their immediate family to attend college.

Matt Fong Asian-Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 3

Named for a former California treasurer, this scholarship awards financial aid to Asian-American students majoring in one of the following fields: accounting, political science, business administration, or other related major. The scholarship gives preference to those with a history of volunteer work or community service.

Requirements for qualification include: having at least 50% Asian heritage, be enrolled in a California college or university, be majoring in a relevant field, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need.

Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 21, 2020

The Asian America Journalist Association (AAJA) promotes Asian students pursuing a journalism degree or career. This particular memorial scholarship offers financial aid to students passionate about Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.

In order to be eligible, students must: be committed to AAJA’s mission, be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student taking journalism courses and/or pursuing a journalism career, demonstrate journalistic ability.

Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Sisters Scholarship

Amount: $3,300

Deadline: TBD for 2021-2022 (Opens October 11, 2020)

The Pride Foundation offers 50 varying scholarships. This one awards Asian and Pacific Islander women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (both MTF and FTM are eligible). The scholarship encourages graduating high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to apply.

In order to be eligible, students must: be a US citizen, be of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, self-identify as one of the aforementioned sexualities/identities, be enrolled in a US college/university, be a resident of one of the following states:  Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.

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