Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2015. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Submit one letter of recommendation online.

Award Amount: $2,500 - $15,000
Deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:59 EST
Follow link for more details and to apply: APIA Scholarship Fund

Rotary Club of Pohnpei

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Must be an FSM citizen
  • Must enroll to post-secondary institution as a full-time student
  • Must maintain, at minimum, a cumulative 3.0 GPA Requirements
  • Must prove need of financial assistance
  • Must have verified participation in community service programs in the past 12 months
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Proof of acceptance or enrollment from post-secondary institution
  • Official transcript from current or previous educational institution
  • Copy of photo and information page of passport

Amount: $1,000 - $2,000

Deadline: July 1st

Click here: Rotary Club of Pohnpei Scholarship.

College Affordability for Minority Students

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A free guidebook dedicated to helping minority students navigate the often-challenging issues of financial aid, scholarships, and college affordability.  The guidebook titled "Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid for Minority Students", includes expert advice and resources in key cost-related areas, including but not limited to:

  1. An extensive and organized list of minority scholarship opportunities.
  2. Scholarships and grants for several minority categories including African-Americans, Women, LGBT and more.
  3. Financial aid resources.
  4. Information about often overlooked fellowships and grants.
  5. Additional helpful resources.

Please visit the link to view the guidebook: College Affordability for Minority Students

FSM Development Bank Scholarship

Primary Degrees:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Computer Information System
  • Economics

Program Criteria:

  • Must be an FSM Citizen;
  • Must be a post graduate student.  Undergraduates may be considered;
  • Must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for graduate students and 3.5 for undergraduates;
  • Must be a full-time student;
  • School attending must be an accredited College or University.

Additional Documents Needed

  • Proof of FSM Citizen (Copy of your valid FSM Passport & FSM Social Security Card or Driver’s License);
  • 3 letters of references;
  • Official copy of your transcript;
  • Name and Address of School Attending;
  • Proof of need for financial assistance.

Click here: FSMDB Scholarship Application.

Yap State Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a legal citizen of Yap State


  • Official copy of their most recent high school or college transcript
  • Two letters of reference from individuals possessing knowledge of applicant’s prior accomplishments and academic potential
  • Letter of acceptance from a post-secondary institution
  • An Affidavit or signed declaration, attesting to applicant’s intention to return and work in Yap State upon completion of his/her post-secondary education

Deadline: June 28th, 4:30 PM

Click here: Yap State Scholarship.

UH, East-West Center: Asian Development Bank-Government of Japan Scholarship

"The Asian Development Bank - Government of Japan Scholarship Program graduate degree fellowship provides support for graduate (post-baccalaureate) studies in approved fields of study at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM), and for participation in educational activities at the East-West Center (EWC)."

Link for more information and access to application forms: Asian Development Bank-Government of Japan Scholarship.

UH, East-West Center: Asia Pacific Leadership Program


"The Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP)is the center of excellence for leadership education in Asia Pacific and a signature program of the East-West Center. The program links advanced and interdisciplinary analysis of emergent regional issues with experiential leadership learning."

For more information and access to application forms: Asia Pacific Leadership Program.


University of Hawaii, East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship

 "The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides Master's and Doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i. Through East-West Center affiliation, awardees become part of a growing network of students and alumni forging the shape and substance of the world's most vibrant region."

Follow link for more information and access to application forms: East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship.

Office of the Governor CNMI Scholarship

Purpose: " The Scholarship Office functions under the Executive Order 94-3 section 211 and is administered under the Office of the Governor. Our primary mission is to provide financial assistance to eligible CNMI students pursuing post secondary education as provided by law. This mission is designed to enhance the government's support of our students, resulting in the prosperity and economic growth of the people in our Community and their families."

This site has a list of multiple scholarships available to CNMI students.

Click to get to the website: Office of Governor CNMI Scholarship


Palau National Scholarship Office

Purpose: "Palau National Scholarship Board administers government assistance for Palaun students seeking post-secondary education and seeks additional sources of scholarship opportunities to help fill high priority jobs in the Republic."

This site has a list of scholarships available to the Palau Citizens.

Click on this to get to the website: Palau National Scholarship Office

FSM National Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a legal citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia


  • Letter of acceptance from post-secondary institution
  • Original copy of transcripts • Copy of photo page of passport
  • Three (3) letters of reference which will be sent directly to post-secondary administrator
  • Must be reviewed by school official and sealed with school seal

Deadline: Must be postmarked August 30th

Click here: FSM National Scholarship.

Gates Millenium Scholarship


The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

  • Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;
  • Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;
  • Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; and
  • Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.


Please visit the website for further information: Gates Millenium Website.