Asian Pacific Fund Student Scholarship Grant United States

The Asian Pacific Fund (APF) administers 12 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals. The mission is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area by increasing philanthropy and supporting the organizations that serve the most vulnerable community members.


The APF also provides Discretionary Grants for civic engagement activities through leadership development, fundraising, governance, organizational development, and infrastructure.


The APF works to increase and mobilize resources from donors, corporations, and institutions to support the Bay Area’s underserved APIs. It supports a network of over 70 affiliate organizations who serve APIs across a wide range of needs including senior and youth services, health and well-being, counseling, legal services, advocacy, civic engagement, and arts and culture.


In 2016, the organization distributed nearly $200,000 in scholarships to 76 students, primarily from low-income communities.



Discretionary Grant recipients are

  • Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center – $20,000 to transform from a free clinic to an accredited patient centered medical home that will strengthen the Wellness Clinic infrastructure
  • Asian Immigrant Women Advocates – $20,000 to support and build upon its leadership and campaign work with low-income Asian immigrant women and youth with a focus on working with a consultant to strengthen its fundraising capacity and increase visibility
  • Asian Pacific American Community Center – $20,000 to work with a consultant to develop a new strategic plan
  • Asian Women’s Shelter – $30,000 to support working with a consultant to assess past efforts and design a three-year plan for fundraising to support the agency
  • Chinese for Affirmative Action – $30,000 to work with a database architect to design a unified master database to improve administrative and programmatic efficiency
  • Community Youth Center of San Francisco – $30,000 to work with a fundraising consultant to diversify funding sources, hire a part-time human resource manager to strengthen HR systems and organizational structure
  • East Bay Asian Youth Center – $20,000 to support the development of a new strategic plan as one cohesive organization with a focus
  • Filipino Advocates for Justice – $20,000 to support the departure of its founding executive director by the hiring of a consultant to navigate the transition and provide board and staff training
  • International Children Assistance Network – $20,000 to support building a foundation of growth
  • Korean Community Center of the East Bay – $30,000 to support a new initiative that will strengthen the organization’s ability to serve, educate, mobilize and advocate for Korean and other Asian immigrant communities
  • Maitri – $30,000 to support the fund and donor development
  • Vietnamese Youth Development Center – $30,000 to support the hiring of a part-time grant writer to increase grants from foundations, corporations and individuals



Please see the updates here



Update for the Discretionary Grant 2017 and 2018

The grant for 2017 and 2018 will be focused on strengthening the affiliate organizations through two year capacity grants. In an effort to simultaneously strengthen the voice as a community, the APF is also asking grantees to commit to a civic engagement effort.


Based on feedback from our affiliate executive directors, we know that grants to support capacity building and civic engagement efforts are a top priority, yet they can also be among the toughest areas to secure funding. In response to this need, we are supporting two-year capacity building and civic engagement grants.


Capacity building efforts include those focused on executive and board leadership development, fundraising, governance, organizational development, and/or infrastructure.


In addition to funds supporting a capacity building effort, each grant request must include a civic engagement component. While we are the fastest-growing racial group in America, we know that effectively advocating for our rights requires the power of our collective action and voice.


Civic engagement efforts can include but are not limited to: voter education; voter engagement; getting out the vote; citizenship assistance; advocacy and policy change; workshops to build leadership and advocacy skills; workers’ rights and/or youth organizing; community engagement in school and local government decision-making.


Civic engagement efforts should be designed to move your constituents one step further along the path toward being civically engaged. The proposal should reflect how you are expanding or building on your current civic engagement activities.


Up to 50% of the grant funds received can be used towards this effort, with a minimum of 25%. The goal is to have your civic engagement activities be as cost-effective and sustainable as possible, so that they can be woven into the fabric of your organization’s work.


Please note that if you have already received a capacity building grant from APF, we strongly encourage you to apply jointly for funds that support an innovative collaborative capacity building and/or civic engagement effort, with another affiliate organization.




Must be an affiliate organization of the Asian Pacific Fund. Affiliates receiving significant funding directly or indirectly from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation are not eligible to apply. This initiative is funded in partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and the PG&E.



Funds available

$350,000 per year for two years; grants of $20,000-$30,000 per year. In addition, each grantee will receive a $10,000 challenge grant to be raised by the end of 2018.



Key dates

  • Monday, August 29th: Letters of intent due by 6 p.m. (via email)
  • Monday, September 19th: Notification of invitation to submit a proposal
  • Monday, October 24th: Proposals due by 6 p.m. via email or received via mail
  • Friday, November 18th: Notification sent to organizations selected to continue in the process via site visits
  • Friday, December 9th: Notification sent to selected grant recipients




The APF coordinates 12 scholarship programs that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Each program is tailored to reflect the donor’s personal interests, whether targeted to specific ethnicities, career paths (eg. engineering, business, journalism), or backgrounds (eg. children of farm or restaurant workers).



Scholarships offered

  • Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund
  • Cameron Lee: Sang Chul Lee and Donald O. Cameron Memorial Scholarship
  • Chin: Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship
  • Equilar Scholars Program
  • Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship
  • Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship
  • Lapiz Family Scholarship
  • Philippine International Aid-Wells Fargo Scholarship
  • Seguritan: Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship
  • Wong: Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship
  • Yuchengco: Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship
  • Tina E. Yeh Community Service Memorial Fellowship (Fellowship for Yale students)



How to apply

  1. Review the full eligibility criteria for the scholarship program(s) you are interested in.
  2. Please be sure you comply with all eligibility requirements before applying. Applications from ineligible applicants will not be read.
  3. Download the application in Word document or PDF format from our website.
  4. Complete the application form, essay responses and resume.
  5. Request an unofficial transcript from your school.
  6. Ask two of your counselors/teachers/professors to write you a letter of recommendation.
  7. Double-check to make sure your application packet is complete.
  8. Mail application packet by the deadline to:

[Name of Scholarship Program]

Asian Pacific Fund

465 California Street, Suite 809

San Francisco, CA 94104



Please see the FAQ here

Or see the PDF below






The Asian Pacific Fund cultivates leadership by recognizing current and future API leaders who have achieved success and are role models for giving back and making a difference among our youth, in higher education and in philanthropy through these awards programs

  • Growing Up Asian in America Awards
  • Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award
  • Leadership in Philanthropy Award


You can see the details of the Awards in their Awards page




Contact information of the Asian Pacific Fund

Asian Pacific Fund

465 California Street, Suite 809

San Francisco, CA 94104


Telephone: 415 395 9985




How to mail your application

(Name of the scholarship program)

Asian Pacific Fund

465 California Street, Suite 809

San Francisco, CA 94104

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