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Deadline for $65K in scholarships extended to March 10

March 02, 2011

ASU students or incoming students of any ethnicity who have enjoyed taking an Asian Pacific American Studies (APAS) course, or who are currently enrolled in the APAS major, minor, or certificate program, or who have provided service to, or would like to provide service to, the Asian American community are encouraged to apply for generous scholarships totaling $65K that are administered by Asian Pacific American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Science’s School of Social Transformation. The scholarship programs recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence and an interest in, or service and leadership to, the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The scholarships are open to students from all ASU campuses.

Financial need is taken into account for both scholarships as well. Preference is given to those students who are Arizona residents and who have taken an APAS class and/or who are currently enrolled in the APAS major, minor or certificate program, but students can also agree to devote service to the Asian American community after scholarships have been awarded, participating in volunteer opportunities coordinated by APAS. Awards range from book awards ($500) to scholarships that cover the equivalent of ASU tuition for a year ($7800).

The Asian Pacific American Community Scholarships were initiated by Asian American faculty and staff at ASU’s Tempe campus nearly 20 years ago to encourage Asian American and Pacific Islander students from Arizona to attend ASU. Recipients are selected on a combination of factors, including community leadership, financial need, and the promise of academic and community achievement. This scholarship program was permanently endowed with a generous donation to APAS from the Y. F. Wu Foundation in 2006.

Y.F. Wu immigrated to the United States from China to attend Columbia University. Successful in several business ventures, Mr. Wu established the Y.F. Wu Foundation to support education and medical research.

At ASU he has also established the Y.F. Wu Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Scholarships. This award gives preference to students of Chinese descent. Respecting Mr. Wu’s wishes that Asian American and Pacific Islander students be knowledgeable about and actively involved in their communities, student recipients are encouraged to participate in Asian American and/or Pacific Islander campus activities and to take courses in Asian Pacific American Studies.

The application deadline has been extended to March 10. More information and the online application can be found at, or contact Roisan Rubio,, 965-9711.