Richland College offers APIASF scholarship for Asian American and Pacific Islander students

A new scholarship for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students is now available at Richland College through its partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).

The scholarship, $2,500 per recipient for the 2013–14 academic year, is available to full-time, degree-seeking AAPI students. For application eligibility requirements and to apply, visit

The application deadline is 8 p.m. CST on Oct. 11, 2013. Scholarship recipients will be announced in January 2014.

Richland College, a designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. through which the APIASF is offering the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

“Richland College is proud to be one of only a handful of institutions working with APIASF to provide these scholarships,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Richland College’s vice president for teaching and learning. “We will be able to provide greater access for qualified students to the exceptional education offered at Richland College and these scholarships will make it possible for students to focus on staying in school and completing their educational goals.”

Richland College received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that will total more than $1.4 million in funding. With 14-16 percent of Richland College’s student population comprised of Asian American students and at least half demonstrating financial need, the AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students.

Richland College’s AANAPISI funding is focused on three initiatives: creating a collegewide understanding of the effects of poverty on students; adapting the “Achieving the Dream” principles to Richland’s culture and capabilities, resulting in improved student success in developmental education and gatekeeper courses; and operating a textbook lending library supporting 50 minority, low-income male students annually.