Apia scholarship 2021(Complete Guide)

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Scholarships are awarded to impoverished APIA students, with a particular emphasis on those who live at or below the poverty level, or who are otherwise of poor socioeconomic status; who have placed a significant emphasis on community service and leadership, in addition to solid academic success. APIA Scholars, formerly known as the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation, is the nation’s largest non-profit supplier of college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). Providing APIA students with tools that expand their access to higher education is their objective, and they hope to accomplish this by making a difference in their lives. Depending on the scholarship, rewards can range from a single $2,500 award to multiple years of $20,000 awards.

Apia scholarship 2021

Eligibility Criteria

The APIA Scholarship is a scholarship that supports under-served APIA students in their undergraduate studies. Supported in conjunction with donors across the country, APIA Scholars focuses on the following:

  • Live at or below poverty, or otherwise have a low socio-economic position;  Are the first to attend college in their families;
  • Are indicative of the variety of the APIA community, especially of those ethnic groups underrepresented in college campuses by reason of their limited access and opportunities (geographically and ethnically);
  • A good focus has been placed on community service, leadership, and strong academic performance.

While APIA scholars focus on those belonging to the above categories, our students come from a range of backgrounds, socio-economic situations, and APIA ethnic groups. The minimal APIA bursary eligibility is as follows:

  • The ethnicity of the Asian and/or Pacific Islands as defined by the United States Census
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent residence. Application is also open for citizens of the Marshall Islands Republic, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.
  • Enroll as a bachelor in a U.S.-approved college or university in the fall of 2020.
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 (unwounded) scale or have a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial assistance by using the Free Student Aid Application (FAFSA)
  • A letter of recommendation from a recommender must be filed online. Bursaries range from $2,500 to $20,000, some of which are one-time prizes and others are multi-year rewards.


Q: When is the application for the APIA Scholarship open?

The APIA academic year bond application is open from Wednesday 4 September until Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 5PM EST.

Q: Are the scholarships one-time grants or are they awarded on a yearly basis?

Despite the fact that the vast majority of scholarships are one-time awards, awardees are welcome to re-apply for an APIA Scholarship the following academic year, provided that all other qualifying criteria are still met. Some scholarships are for a longer period of time, such as two or four years.

Q: What is the definition of Asian American and Pacific Islander? How can I know whether I’m eligible to apply if I identify as biracial/mixed race/mixed ethnicity?

Applicants who self-identify as Asian and/or Pacific Islander American are eligible to apply, as are persons with mixed ancestry or who are of mixed ethnicity or background. Please consult the United States Census Bureau to see which ethnicities would be classified as APIA.

Q: I have not yet submitted my FAFSA application for the upcoming academic year. Is it still possible to apply?

Yes, as long as you plan to submit your FAFSA application for the 2020-2021 academic year by the beginning of March 2020. Applicants who are selected as finalists will be requested to submit their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) in mid-spring when they are notified of their selection, and they will be required to have their SAR in hand by that time.

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