United Health Foundation Increases Support to APIA Scholars



Long-Time Partner Increases Support to $1 million Level to Build a More Diverse Health Workforce to Serve Underserved Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–Washington, DC (March 13, 2023) APIA Scholars (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars) thanks the United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) for its increased support of $1 million to Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students and its ongoing commitment to building a more diverse health workforce to serve underserved and the AANHPI community.

United Health Foundation has been a partner with APIA Scholars since 2008. The increased funding is being made available through the newly established Diversity in Health Care Scholarship program. The new initiative seeks to enable and deliver equitable care that reduces health disparities and improves health outcomes through the growth of a more diverse and culturally competent clinical workforce.

“United Health Foundation has been a great partner for the last 15 years and we are delighted about the increased support. We are excited to see its commitment to delivering equitable healthcare to underrepresented people and to building a more diverse workforce through scholarships for future health professionals. We are delighted to see how this will positively impact our Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Scholars, many of whom are first-generation college students and from families that are at or below poverty level.” said APIA Scholars President Noel Harmon.

“Building a more diverse health workforce is foundational to providing culturally competent care,” said Tracy Malone, President of the United Health Foundation. “We are grateful for the partnership with the Asian and Pacific Islander Scholars that will help connect our dedicated resources and support with outstanding student candidates. Alongside all of our partners, we are committed to leading the way to broadening access to care and advancing health equity.”

About United Health Foundation

Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, the United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. The United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. The United Health Foundation has committed more than $700 million to programs and communities around the world. To learn more, visit UnitedHealthFoundation.org.

About APIA Scholars

Based in Washington, D.C. and founded in 2003, APIA Scholars (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization devoted to the academic, personal, and professional success of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students. We celebrate our community of students whose unique stories, rich cultures, and diverse perspectives equip them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Through holistic college-to-career programs, scholarships, higher education research and policy, and institutional partnerships, APIA Scholars carries out its mission to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community of 25 million strong and growing.

For more information about APIA Scholars, please visit us at www.apiascholars.org.


Wendy Wong
VP of Marketing and Communications
APIA Scholars (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars)