Eight Richland College students recently received the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution 2018 scholarships. These students include Tran (Jenni) Tran, Joe Cung Tha Lian, Khiem Huynh, Ngan (Natalie) Tran, Roshan Karki, Suhail Sabharwal, Tha Blay Paw and Tho Trieu. They were honored at a scholarship reception on campus May 2.
“I am happy to see students using resources offered to them,” said Michelle Nguyen, AANAPISI program services coordinator at Richland College. “I am so proud of all of the students who received the APIASF AANAPISI scholarship, and I know this means a lot to them. I have seen that they are more confident and motivated since receiving this recognition.”
Jenni Tran, originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is majoring in business. Lian, originally from Chin, Myanmar, is majoring in education. Huynh, originally from Vietnam, is majoring in computer science with a minor in software engineering. Natalie Tran, originally from Vietnam, is majoring in hospitality management. Karki, originally from Nepal, is majoring in computer science. Sabharwal, from Dallas, is majoring in healthcare administration. Paw, originally from the refugee camp Umphiem in Thailand, is majoring in accounting. Trieu, originally from Chau Phu District, An Giang Province, Vietnam, is majoring in accounting.
The APIASF AANAPISI scholarship is given to students attending APIASF AANAPISI partner colleges and universities, who live at or below the poverty level, are the first in their families to attend college, are representative of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community’s diversity and have placed strong emphasis on community service, leadership and academic achievement. For more information, visit apiasf.org/aanapisischolarship.
Richland College is the only higher education institution in Texas that has been awarded an AANAPISI grant due to its large percentage of APIA student population. It was awarded a second five-year, $1.5 million grant in 2015. The AANAPISI program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Office of Postsecondary Education for five consecutive years. The AANAPISI program at Richland College aims to recognize and support the needs of our growing APIA student population by providing resources and opportunities for degree attainment and advancement. For more information, visit richlandcollege.edu/sliferlc/aanapisi.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Program Director Cecilia Marshall recognized nine Richland College student recipients of APIASF scholarships during a reception on April 24 hosted by Richland College and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.
In welcoming APIASF’s representatives, student recipients, community and college faculty and staff, Richland College President Kathryn K. Eggleston thanked the generous donors who support APIASF and Richland College’s partnership toward developing future leaders who excel in their careers, serving as role models in their communities and contributing to a more vibrant America.
Dr. Eggleston cited the growing Dallas County Asian and refugee population and credited the “partnership with APIASF in advancing Richland College’s goals to promote access and achieve equity for students who otherwise would not have this important opportunity to realize their educational goals.”
The scholarships are the result of Richland College’s partnership with APIASF. Richland College is the only U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in Texas, and one of nine U.S. higher education institutions chosen by the APIASF to participate in the AANAPISI Scholarship Program.
Asian American students comprise 14 percent of Richland College’s student enrollment. With at least half of these students demonstrating financial need, the APIASF Scholarships and the AANAPISI funding positively impacts many of Richland College’s historically underserved 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 www.apiasf.org.
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.
Former Richland College students Kathleen McGovern, Melchor Tijerina III and Samna Rasheed were awarded Terry Foundation Scholarships, each in the amount of $12,000 per year renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study.
The Terry Foundation, established in 1986, is one of Texas’ largest private providers of educational scholarships, including awards to transfer/non-traditional students who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and leadership potential.
Kathleen, majoring in biology, transferred to Texas A&M University to study pre-med. Melchor, who also is a 2012-13 Dallas County Community College District STEM scholar and Joe Lucky scholarship recipient, is majoring in electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas. Samna, majoring in biology, transferred to the University of North Texas to study pre-dental.