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Pacific Islander Focused Scholarship Awards & Applications for High School and College Students
The primary purposes and objectives of the Pacific Islander Festival Association shall be:
(a) To promote charitable and educational projects for the benefit of everyone, but with emphasis on the Indigenous People of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
(b) To provide educational and cultural resources to everyone, but with emphasis on the Indigenous People of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
(c) To actively participate in the promotion and perpetuation of the traditional cultures, ancient historical data, languages, attitudes and values of the Indigenous People of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
The Christina Diaz Student Scholar Awards named after the late Christina Diaz, long-time NPIEN supporter and conference vendor, Ray’s Silvercrafts, Gourds, and Christina’s Hawaiian Soaps recognize Pacific Islander students, grades 6-12, who were nominated by their teacher or counselor for achieving a minimum 2.5 GPA, outstanding or improved attendance, outstanding or improved grades, academic honors, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership ability, or service in school clubs, church, or the community.
Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:
- Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;
- Are the first in their families to attend college;
- Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
- Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.