Messages from the President

President, APIA Scholars, Noel Harmon

APIA Scholars – Response and Resources for Maui Wildfires

August 14, 2023
View ArticleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–Washington, DC (August 14, 2023) APIA Scholars expresses our heartfelt condolences for the devastating wildfires that swept through Hawaiʻi. Amid this disaster, we are working on a layered approach including aid to individual Scholars as well as aid to local partners who can then distribute the funding to those with greatest need.  … Read More

The Asian Community and the Perpetuation of Racism

December 21, 2022
As I watched the Chancellor of Purdue University NW, Thomas Keon, mock the Asian community at a commencement speech last week I had two reactions. First, I was struck by how easily this came to him, and how easily most of his colleagues- also leaders of a university, laughed at his “joke”. Secondly… Read More


December 15, 2022
As holiday cheer fills the air, I want to take the time to reflect on all of the support APIA Scholars received from our donors, alumni, partners and staff this holiday season. Every donation, act of volunteerism, sign-on support signature, and piece of counsel has been impactful in making a difference for our Scholars and the AANHPI community. Read More

2021-2022 APIA Scholars Annual Letter from the President

November 15, 2022
Dear Scholars and Friends,  The past year was marked by changes that at times were progress and at other times were setbacks. We saw students returning to campus and staff transitioning back to the office, and we saw health restrictions loosen and tighten again as new variants and infections spread when we had to be flexible with our return plans. Read More

Taking a Holistic Approach to Work and Life

November 3, 2022
Many of you may have heard about or read Tim Ferris’ “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich”. The book, which sold millions of copies, made it onto the New York Times Best Seller list, where it stayed for nearly seven years. At the time, many who read the book dismissed it because – well, how? How could we possibly escape 9–5, live anywhere, and join the new rich?  Read More

A Back to School Message from our President

August 23, 2022
As we head into those last days of summer that many of us associate with returning “back to school”, we at APIA Scholars have been preparing for this time since spring and it is truly one of our favorite times of the year! Our mission is to ensure that all our Scholars are prepared and successful in their college years and we do this through intentional and holistic student supports including… Read More

On Leadership

July 13, 2022
I went for my regular early morning walk and listened (again!) to the soundtrack of Hamilton. It helped me to reflect, especially as we come away from another 4th of July weekend, about the toil, challenge, and fortitude it took to literally build a nation. Read More

A Prideful Reflection

June 16, 2022
APIA Scholars is proud to celebrate the LGTBQ+ community this June. More than 19% of our scholars identify as being part of the LGTBQ+ community and we strive to provide a safe and creative space for them to share and grow and where they can be recognized for their contributions. Read More

A Reflection on Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 26, 2022
This letter is dedicated to the APIA Scholars Staff and Board who are tireless advocates, passionate humans, and people with whom I am lucky to learn and grow from on a regular basis. APIA Scholars was proud to participate in many opportunities commemorating and celebrating the AANHPI community this past month during AANHPI Heritage Month; however, our hearts are hurting as we look toward the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Read More

The Impact of Women

March 15, 2022
As I take time to reflect on the impact of women in history during the month of March, Ruth Bader Ginsburg immediately came to mind. When Justice Ginsburg passed, our family drove downtown and stood in line to pay our respects at the Supreme Court. Read More