Thursday, August 4, 2011


Program Specialist, Outreach and Community Relations
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund/Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Phong Luu is the Program Specialist for Outreach and Community Relations at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). Phong generates and conducts scholarship outreach for APIASF/GMS through interactions with students, high schools, and community based organizations. In this role, Phong takes a data-driven approach to inform outreach strategies and implementation about scholarships to support Asian American and Pacific Islander students’ access to higher education.

Phong recently earned his B.A in Economics and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was actively involved as a student and young professional. His educational focus was on developmental economics, where he spent semesters studying the effects of human capital and workforce capacity on underdeveloped state growth. He was engaged with the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program, a campus-wide merit based scholarship program that served underrepresented groups, and took on multiple rolls within the program, eventually as a Program Assistant for the successive months after his graduation. Throughout his undergraduate career, he was involved with the Vietnamese Student Association, the university’s Homecoming Committee, and worked as a Campus Tour Guide and Representative.

Below is some basic information about our organization and what Phong Luu will present on August 6 at the Asian American Advocacy and Resource Day:
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with financial need. Based in Washington, DC, APIASF was formed in 2003.

Our vision is to see that all APIAs have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America.


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