Ethnicity-based Scholarships

Asian Pacific Islander Association Scholarship

APIA Scholars is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating opportunities that provide access to higher education and resources that cultivate the academic, personal and professional success of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs). These efforts aim to advance the conversation around access to education, elevate the voice of the APIA community, and empower APIA leaders to drive systemic change. The APIA Scholarship is a scholarship dedicated to providing underserved APIA college students funds to support them in their undergraduate education.

Who should apply?underserved APIA students
Eligible Grade LevelsHS seniors – college juniors
Awardranging between one-time $2,000 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards
OpensSept. 8, 2021
DeadlineJanuary 26, 2022, 5 PM EST
Decisions Releasedfinalists: Mid-spring 2022
recipients: early summer 2022

Application Requirements

  • be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the US census
  • be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the US
  • be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a US accredited college or university in fall 2022
  • have a minimum cumulative UW GPA of 2.7
  • must apply for federal financial aid through FAFSA by April 2022

Application Process

Round 1:

  • personal information, family education, educational information, financial information
  • extracurricular activities, work experience + family responsibilities
  • three essays (500 words each)
  • one letter of recommendation

Round 2 (finalists)

  • unofficial transcript, FAFSA student aid report, (for incoming college students) admission letter
  • “next stage of online application” (unclear)


  • special focus will be placed on first-gen and/or low-income students, representative of the APIA community’s diversity, and those who have placed emphasis on leadership achievement as well as academics.
  • scholarship money is paid directly to the school.
  • Check the very comprehensive FAQ for more information.

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