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APIASF Jump Start College Tour Delivers College Success Strategies, Financial Aid Knowledge, and College Application Tips to Chicagoland Area

Washington, D.C. – [September 28, 2018] – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation’s leading non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs), will hold its next stop of the 2018 Jump Start College Tour (JSCT) at the University of Illinois at Chicago on September 15, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm. JSCT is a free college readiness workshop tour that partners with the nation’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) to provide culturally relevant financial aid and college success strategies to APIA students and families.

“The transition from high school to college is exciting but also a mysterious process for those experiencing it for the first time. Programs like the Jump Start College Tour are especially important to underserved communities and provide the necessary tools to ensure success in higher education,” said Ms. Noel Harmon, President and Executive Director of APIASF. “Over the years, APIASF and Wells Fargo has assisted many scholars and their families, make this transition successfully and they are now thriving in colleges and their careers.”

“Since 2013, Wells Fargo has collaborated with APIASF to bring the Jump Start College Tour to over 2,250 students and family members across the nation to support high school students transition to college,” said Jimmie Paschall, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion & Strategic Philanthropy at Wells Fargo. “We know all students that have the opportunities and resources are more likely to stay in school and obtain a degree, and APIA students are no different. We are committed to seeing that each and every community, including APIAs, make higher education a priority and reality.”

JSCT participants are given an opportunity to visit AANAPISI schools to attend workshops held by admissions staff and financial aid experts who offer tips on the admissions and financial aid process on the spot. All stops include both parent and student sessions. The 2018 Jump Start College Tour is made possible by AT&T and founding sponsor, Wells Fargo.

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Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $110 million in scholarships to deserving APIA students. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF scholarship, the AANAPISI scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.