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Richland College to Host Community Reception for Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund’s ‘CARE’ Report

Richland College will host a community reception at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), during which the organization will formally announce its next National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) report, “Impact of Scholarships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Community College Students.”

The report highlights the measurable impact of scholarship funding on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community college students. The primary goal of this national report is to understand the lived experiences of these students attending community college and the impact that scholarship funding has had on their educational experiences and academic achievement.

The event will include a panel of previous APIASF scholarship recipients, Richland College faculty and staff, APIASF leadership, researchers from the CARE team, local chamber of commerce leadership and Asian community leaders.

Earlier this year, the APIASF awarded scholarships totaling $42,500 to 13 full-time, degree-seeking AAPI students at Richland College.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to grow as a student due to the contributions of APIASF/USA Funds,” said Richland College student Ezra Jones Calado, one of the 13 students to receive an APIASF scholarship. “It is an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship as it allows me to be an example for my community in promoting the value of higher education. Thank you APIASF/USA Funds for allowing me to achieve my goals while I grow with my dreams.”

“APIASF is grateful for all the work and support of Richland College,” said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF president and executive director. “Richland College president Dr. Kay Eggleston has been a critical player in ensuring Dallas-area AAPI students succeed on and off campus, and we are so excited to bring all the players to the table, from business leaders to students, to share how to best support students and communities. Nearly half of all AAPI students attend community colleges like Richland, and that is why this conversation is so important.”

Richland College is a U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it is one of only 18 higher education institutions in the U.S. through which the APIASF is offering the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.

The U.S. Department of Education selected Richland College to receive a five-year, $1.5 million federal grant under the AANAPISI program. This program allows Richland College to expand its capacity to serve AAPI students in financial need. The 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. Richland College currently enrolls more than 3,000 AAPI students, comprising nearly 16 percent of its student body.

For information on APIASF, visit www.apiasf.org.