Ensuring APIA Scholars succeed at Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).


Closing the Equity Gaps with AANAPISIs

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) make up less than 5% of all colleges and universities in the United States, but they enroll nearly half of all APIA undergraduates. These institutions, which must have both a large population of APIA and low income students, are automatically designated as AANAPISIs by the U.S. Department of Education and are included within the larger family of Minority Serving Institutions. Because AANAPISIs are located in and serve APIA communities facing a number of challenges, they play an important role in responding to the unique needs of our diverse APIA students and closing the equity gaps within the APIA community.

Visit AANAPISI.net for more information about AANAPISIs, including the latest news and resources on the AANAPISI community.

APIA Scholars works with AANAPISIs to strengthen their capacity to support the most underserved students within our community, from scholarships to annual AANAPISI convenings.




APIA Scholars collaborates with researchers to produce studies and reports that show the impact that AANAPISIs have and which students these institutions are serving. Our research is shared with both policy makers and community stakeholders, in order to improve policies and supports for low income and first generation college students.



AANAPISI Scholarships

Since 2010, the APIA Scholars AANAPISI Scholarship Program has supported over 1,000 scholars and distributed over $3.7 million in college scholarships to APIA students attending AANAPISIs. 9 out of 10 AANAPISI Scholars have graduated or are still enrolled in their college programs, and over half of students attending two-year colleges have successfully transferred to four-year institutions.

If you have questions or are interested in receiving the latest news and updates about our AANAPISI programs, research, or scholarships, contact us at info@apiascholars.org