Richland College Awarded Five-Year, $1.5 Million AANAPISI Grant

Richland College was recently selected to receive a five-year, $1.5 million grant under the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Program. This program will allow Richland College to expand its capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students with financial need.

“This initiative will provide many of our under-resourced AAPI students the opportunity to reach their academic goals,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Ph.D., Richland College’s vice president for teaching and learning. “We are thrilled once again to be awarded this grant to provide the college with more resources to meet both academically challenged and academically high performing AAPI students where they are and respond to their challenges.”

With 15 percent of Richland College’s student population comprised of AAPI students and at least half demonstrating financial need, the AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students. The program will help Richland College to increase the three-year graduation rate for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students who have one or more risks to success and completion, such as financial need or academic challenges.

Richland College is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. awarded the AANAPISI grant in fiscal year 2015.

Richland College previously received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that totaled more than $1.4 million in funding.

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