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In 1999, the Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA (APA UCLA) established the Excellence in Community Service Scholarship to support and honor current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students for their commitment in addressing significant community issues relating to the Asian Pacific Islander (“API”) community. APA UCLA realizes that the successful development of the Asian Pacific Islander community is built on the efforts of those who dedicate themselves to advancing thoughtful solutions to critical needs in the community. By acknowledging students for their efforts on behalf of the community, APA UCLA hopes to foster the spirit of service and to nurture emerging leaders of the API Community.
With the support from generous donors and committed volunteers, five scholarships are awarded to current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students each year which include the following:
Click here to download or print the scholarship application, which includes information about the awards and requirements. Applications are due on Friday, March 9. For questions, see the contact information listed in the scholarship application.
If you have questions about the scholarships, would like to get involved as a volunteer to read scholarship applications or want to support the APA UCLA Excellence in Community Service Scholarships or the Sho Iino Accounting Scholarship, please contact:
This year, APA-UCLA recognizes the following recipients:
Undergraduate | UCLA College of Letters & Sciences | Class of 2018
Natalie Ricasa Bagaporo is a 2nd generation Pinay pursuing degrees in Human Biology,
Society, and Genetics and Asian American Studies. Natalie serves as the President of
Samahang Pilipino where she works to fuse her passions for the Filipino community,
community organizing, and public health.
Undergraduate | UCLA College of Letters & Sciences | Class of 2019
Valerie Vargas is a queer, 1.5 generation Pinay who’s currently a second year
undergraduate working towards a degree in Asian American Studies with a Pilipino
concentration at UCLA. Valerie is currently a student-leader in Samahang Pilipino and
Asian Pacific Coalition. They are also a full-time dog enthusiast on the side.
Graduate | UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs | Class of 2019
Ramandeep Kaur is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at the UCLA
Luskin School of Public Affairs concentrating in Urban Development and Social
Policy. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Political Science and Ethnic
Studies from University of California, Berkeley.
Graduate | Ed.D. Candidate, UCLA College of Education & Integrative Studies
Mike Manalo-Pedro is currently a doctoral student in the Education Leadership
Program at UCLA. He also oversees the Undocumented Students Services at Cal
Poly Pomona. He’s previously worked at community organizations such as Asian
Americans Advancing Justice LA. Mike is a firm believer in immigrant justice and
JAMES OWN SETIADI
Undergraduate | UCLA College of Letters & Sciences | Class of 2017
James Owen Setiadi discovered his interest in accounting after competing in high
school DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competitions. In 2015, he
became the California DECA State Champion in accounting. In his free time, James
enjoys swimming, reading, cartooning and volunteering at the Aquarium of the
Pacific in Long Beach, CA.