Frequently Asked Questions

Please find questions pertaining to the APIA Scholars program here.

APIA Scholars, formerly the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA Scholars), is the nation's largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) with financial need. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America.

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The APIAS Scholarship Program application must be completed online and submitted electronically once all of the required questions have been answered. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting. Until you are ready to submit, you may access your application and edit your answers as many times as you like with your login and password from any computer with Internet access. Please contact applicant@apiascholars.org or 1-877.808.7032, option 3 with any questions. For information on the APIAS Scholarship application, please visit our APIAS Scholarship page.

The deadline to submit the APIA Scholarship Program application is January 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST. The deadline to submit the AANAPISI Scholarship Program application is November 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.

You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

No. At this time, APIA Scholars only offers scholarships to students that are enrolling in an undergraduate program.

Yes. At this time, APIA Scholars offers scholarships to both high school seniors entering as first-time, degree seeking freshmen and to current college students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. In the future, we hope to secure financial support to offer scholarships for continuing undergraduates and graduate students.

You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

Yes, as long as the student also meets all other criteria.

You must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States to apply. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

Yes. The eligibility requirement regarding scholastic achievement is a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or the GED equivalent.

You will receive an email notification after you submit your application.

If you need additional information, please contact applicant@apiascholars.org or 1-877.808.7032, option 3 with any questions.

Students that have the GED equivalent are eligible to apply as long they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Yes. Please view each Scholarship to view the specific eligibility requirements.

APIA Scholars awards can only be used to cover the cost of attendance. This may include tuition, fees, books, supplies, living expenses, and meals. The cost of attendance is calculated differently per college. Please check with the schools you wish to attend.

The scholarship award check is payable and mailed directly to your institution.

APIA Scholars encourages you to talk to your school or college counselor. We understand the difficulty that many of our communities face in learning English and take that into consideration as we review our applications.

The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting a tax advisor or financial aid counselor for more guidance.