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Scholarships available to students who serve Asian-American community

February 24, 2011

Asian Pacific American Studies (APAS) in the College of Liberal Arts & Science’s School of Social Transformation administers two scholarship programs that recognize students of any ethnicity who demonstrate academic excellence combined with service and leadership to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Both scholarships are open to students from all ASU campuses.

Financial need is taken into account for both scholarships. 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. 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 is March 1. More information and the online application can be found at, or contact Roisan Rubio,, 965-9711.