Vice President of Scholarships 



Title: Vice President of Scholarships

Reporting structure: This role reports to the President & Executive Director

Start Date:  July 1, 2023

Salary Range:  $105,750 – $164,250

Job classification: Full-time, exempt

Location: Washington, DC


Reporting to the President & Executive Director, the Vice President of Scholarships provides active oversight and management, strategic and innovative guidance, and execution of the day-to-day scholarship operations. The Vice President of Scholarships has oversight of all scholarship administration, processing, and financial management. This leader will also develop and maintain deep knowledge of the holistic scholarship operation and will be responsibility for driving ongoing process improvements. APIA Scholars is implementing a strategic plan with a primary driver of reducing financial barriers to student success for AANHPI college students nationwide. The Vice President of Scholarships will be a key leader in the implementation of the strategic plan. This is a senior level position and the VP will actively participate in senior leadership activities of the organization including strategy and planning.



  • Develop in collaboration and lead the overall scholarship strategy in line with the strategic plan (e.g., application and selection process, expand scholarship types, focus on specific populations).
  • Responsible for oversight of scholarship team, scholarship management and administration, executing key aspects of scholarship strategy, memorandum of understanding with our scholarship partners, and relationship management of priority scholarship partners, with a focus on developing efficiencies throughout the scholarship management and administration process.
  • Provide day-to-day leadership to the Scholarship department so APIA Scholars’ scholarship distribution meets donor agreed guidelines, timelines, budgets, reporting and expectations as described in the MOUs.
  • Be the primary liaison with the Development team to establish and maintain a progressive and robust scholarships fundraising strategy.
  • Research and lead the formulation of scholarship policies.

Data Analysis & Management

  • Analyze longitudinal data, demographics and trends of APIA Scholars and GMS Scholars to inform strategic planning for scholarship initiatives and study impact on student success.
  • Provide guidance and feedback regarding the creation, implementation and management of the APIA Scholars CRM database.
  • Produce a monthly report for the Board and staff reflecting the status of scholarship distribution.
  • Develop a template, review and edit annual scholarship reports for consistency in donor reporting.
  • Lead all reporting as pertains to cross-departmental and external requests.

Management & Supervision

  • Manage relationships with partners to implement and administer scholarships and processes that are aligned with APIA Scholars’ vision and mission to reduce financial barriers for students.
  • Lead staff briefings and trainings as needed.
  • Supervise the Scholarships team. Assess and provide individual and collective staff guidance, development and training.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with Finance and Operations department, legal counsel, and auditors to assure all scholarship budgets are current and that all indirect expenses are accurately captured on a quarterly basis.

Other Responsibilities

  • Work with the Development team to conceptualize and implement new strategies to advance student success through potential scholarships and initiatives inclusive of donors’ needs, students’ interests, and staff capacity.
  • Provides input on scholarship-related Marketing & Communications strategy.
  • Undertake all other assignments directed by the President & Executive Director.
  • Work in ways that demonstrate APIA Scholars core values; inclusiveness/equity, student-centered, flexibility, collaboration, compassion, and courageous.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced Degree or expanded experience required.
  • Requires at least 10 years of progressive experience in scholarships, financial aid administration or related field within higher education or non-profit setting.
  • Staff development and people management skills, resource and budget management and a strong record of achieving outcomes and goals with a highly collaborative, team-driven and values-oriented work style.
  • Proven ability to recruit, retain, motivate, develop talented individuals and engage them in the department and organizational goals.
  • Ability to monitor and report on budget related to scholarship operations assuring that a scholarship initiative does not exceed its budget.
  • Ability to understand APIA Scholars financial compliance rules and regulations and the role these play in scholarship management.
  • High degree of interpersonal relational skill building in a fast-paced work environment.
  • High level of initiative, work autonomously while also engaging peers and leadership in shared decision making.
  • Solutions-oriented, flexible, and a strong team orientation.
  • Demonstrated professional experience working with AANHPI, first gen, low-income communities.
  • Experience working with and developing assessment protocols with large data sets and communicating out findings to a large range of stakeholders.
  • Experience with CRMs or other integrated data management systems.


How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Corinne Rollins at by June 6, 2023 with “<YOUR NAME> VP of Scholarships” in the subject line for consideration.

What we offer

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. APIA Scholars provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, dental, 401k, life insurance, a 4-day work week, and generous paid leave including 15 vacation days, 10 sick leave days, federal holidays, and an additional one-week winter closure. APIA Scholars provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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 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.