Every year the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund has their annual APIASF General Scholarship which is in essence a large number of smaller scholarships interspersed with large renewable scholarships. The larger scholarships are around the 25,000 dollar range while the smaller scholarships tend to be a couple thousand dollars. The APIASF receives the majority of their money from various corporations and charitable organizations such as AT&T, the Coca Cola Foundation, and the Walt Disney Company. The application for the scholarship will require some moderate effort as it involves submitting your FAFSA, answering three five hundred word prompts, and submitting at least one letter of recommendation. The prompts themselves are relatively open ended, therefore you could reasonably take some of your college essays and cut them down to meet the word requirement in order to answer the essay questions. The APIASF also offers scholarship assistance by referring students to other scholarships as well as help with filling out the Gates Millennium Scholarship application (I highly recommend applying to the Millennium scholarship).
I know that it can be hard to bring oneself to actually apply for scholarships, however in the words of Wayne Gretzky, “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take”. Applying to scholarships only gets easier as you apply to more of them. The prompts often overlap and I find that it is easy to reuse essays and responses from other scholarship applications. Furthermore as you see money slowly trickle in, you will only be incentivized to keep applying to more. I hope everyone has a great new year and a great second semester.
Here is the link to the APIASF website: http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html
-- Gabriel Moran