Guam – University of Guam President Robert A. Underwood received the Higher Education Award from the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund on November 10 for his long-standing commitment to education and efforts to increase access to education for Asian and Pacific Islander American students during the APIASF’s Today’s Minds, Tomorrow’s Future Scholarship Benefit in New York.
Underwood was the first chair of the Board of Directors when it began in 2004. It is now the largest scholarship fund serving the Asian & Pacific Islander community.
“I was able to help launch the APIASF with a few corporate partners including McDonalds, Wells Fargo, ATT and Wal-Mart. It is now a multi-million dollar operation,” said Underwood. “I am pleased to see that the organization is thriving, and that these scholarships are increasing access to higher education for Asian and Pacific Islander students.”
Also honored were the Asian McDonald’s Operators Association (AMOA) and Wells Fargofor their strong commitment to diverse communities, extensive contributions to the field of education and broad support of APIASF.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need. Based in Washington, DC, APIASF was formed in 2003. The APISF’s vision is to see that all APIAs have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means.
Pictured are Nerissa Underwood, Superintendent of Guam DOE, Jacinta Titialii Abbott, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Robert A. Underwood.