APIASF collaborates with UNLV to bring Jump Start College Tour on Feb. 20 Admission is free for students and parents

To provide college planning, leadership training, financial education and professional development resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander students and parents, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) will conduct the first workshop of its tour on Feb. 20 at UNLV. It will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“I appreciate I can receive help planning for college and financial assistance for my heritage,” senior Neil Montemayor said. “The insight and assistance from the workshop should be really helpful.”

In order to increase access to higher education, the APIASF will provide students with information and resources to accelerate their college planning. Admission into the workshop is free for students of all grade levels and parents.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students, especially the underclassmen to get some help,” Counselor Mrs. Elena Clavel said. “It’s never too early to start looking for colleges and getting information.”

In addition, the APIASF provides counseling and financial opportunities for the AAPI community through multiple scholarship programs.

“Because of the APIASF, qualifying for scholarships is less competitive because the demographic of potential candidates is much smaller,” senior Bomon Liu said. “It will be much easier to finance my college career in Seattle.”

APIASF work with campus partners of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) to host tours. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes AANAPISIs as institutions with a high enrollment of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students with financial need.

“I will consider going to the workshop,” senior Serena Torres said. “I’ve already applied for one of their scholarships but getting a little help with planning for college is a huge benefit.”

The APIASF will also provide free food and prizes. Also, the first 50 students that register in the workshop will be entered into a raffle to win a Fitbit Flex.

“I plan to attend the meeting so I can learn more about the scholarships they offer,” senior Christopher Dela Cruz said. “I’m either going to major in dentistry or computer technologies, so the scholarships they offer will definitely help.”