Apply for Scholarships

To apply for a scholarship administered by the Asian Pacific Fund, please review the complete eligibility criteria for each scholarship program, and download the application for the program(s) for which you are eligible.

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. If you have any questions not in our FAQ after reviewing scholarship qualifications, please email scholarship@asianpacificfund.org.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

All scholarships for academic year 2020-21 are now closed. Updated information on scholarship applications for 2021-22 will be available in December 2020.

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship
Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund
Benson Louie Scholarship
Chin: Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship
Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship
Hsiao Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship
Lapiz Family Scholarship
Seguritan: Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship
Wong: Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship
Tina E. Yeh Community Service Memorial Fellowship

 

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 2-3
  • Amount: $2,000 – $3,000
  • Type: One-time award, renewal possible

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman to be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2020
  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • First in immediate family to attend college
  • Minimum GPA: 2.80
  • Financial need
  • Resident of California, with preference given to Bay Area residents

 

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

Background:

  • Number of awards: 5
  • Amount: $5,000 (annual award)
  • Renewable? Yes
  • Total award: $20,000
  • Benefactors: The Family of Dado and Maria Banatao

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in 2020-21
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Major: engineering, mathematics, computer science, environmental or physical science
    • Note: those pursuing health careers are not eligible (i.e. physician, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, etc.)
  • Ethnic heritage: Filipino heritage (at least 50%)
  • Financial need
  • Residency:
    • Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus or Yolo.
    • Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange or San Diego.

 

Benson Louie Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 2
  • Amount: $1,000 each
  • Renewable? No
  • Established in memory of Benson Louie

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: High school senior
  • Must be enrolled in a two or four year accredited college or university and attending in Fall 2020
  • Must have participated on a your high school volleyball team for a minimum of two years
  • Must be graduating from a San Francisco public high school (SFUSD)

 

Chin: Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: up to 2
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Renewable? No
  • Established in honor of Shui Kuen and Allen Chin

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at a two-year community college or four-year college/university in 2020-21
  • Student or parent currently/formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant
  • Any ethnic heritage
  • Community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, gay and lesbian and/or other progressive causes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Financial need
  • No citizenship status requirement

 

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 2
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Renewable? No
  • Established in memory of Matt Fong, former California state treasurer

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year college or university in 2019-20
  • Must be enrolled in California college or university
  • Major: Accounting, political science, public policy, business administration or related fields
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian (at least 50%)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Financial need
  • Preference given to those with record of community service or volunteer work

 

Hsiao Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Renewable? No
  • Established in honor of Liang-Lin Hsiao who was a professor of economics at Indiana State University

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Graduate student attending US based college or university in 2020-21
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in the social sciences, economics preferred but not required
  • Research/study topics: preference given to topics that benefit those in social/economic need, especially Asian and Asian American communities
  • Ethnic heritage: preference for Asian heritage though not required
  • Residency: US citizen, resident or foreign national
  • Financial need
  • Preference given to those whose journey parallels Dr. Hsiao’s who struggled to obtain his education in the midst of financial uncertainty as a young graduate student from China. He devoted his career to academia as a professor in the field of economics. He also was committed to giving back to those in need, including lecturing in China upon his retirement to educate the post-Mao era of economists who are now leading the country.

 

Lapiz Family Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Renewable? Yes
  • Established in honor of Apolonio and Arcadia Lapiz, who were farm workers

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2020-21
  • University: University of California (any campus, preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Farm worker or child of farm worker or migrant farm worker
  • Financial need
  • Any ethnic or racial background
  • US citizen or permanent resident

 

Seguritan: Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1
  • Amount: $5,000 (annual award)
  • Renewable? Yes
  • Total award: $20,000
  • Benefactors: Frederick and Demi Seguritan

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four year-college or university
  • First generation Asian American (that is, immigrants)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Financial need
  • Resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Solano county in California
  • Demonstrates outstanding citizenship
  • Community service required
  • Interest in business (but not required to be a business major)

 

Wong: Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship (not available for 2020-21)

Background:

  • Number of awards: 1-4
  • Amount: $1,000-3,000
  • Renewable: Yes, for up to four years ($500 – $1,000)
  • Total each award: $2,500 – 6,000
  • To honor Helen and L.S. Wong, residents of the Fairfield-Suisun community

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Grade level: Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four year-college/university or a community college
  • Incoming community college students should have a strong commitment to transferring to a four-year institution
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Resident of or graduating senior from a high school in Fairfield-Suisun communities
  • Financial need
  • Ethnic heritage: Asian heritage (at least 50%)
  • US citizen or permanent resident

 

Tina E. Yeh Community Service Memorial Fellowship

General Information:

A fellowship grant of up to $3,000 is available for Yale students who will intern for 10 weeks at a non-profit organization that serves Asians (in the U.S. or Canada). The host organization must be tax-exempt and have at least one paid full-time employee.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Yale undergraduate, recent graduate or graduate student
  • Asian ethnic heritage
  • Financial need

 

Questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.