Low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college students tend to seek academic advice from peers rather than from designated support centers on campus because of perceived barriers. Furthermore, parents of these students typically support their academic endeavors but don’t necessarily comprehend them.
These are among the findings in a new, national report by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).
The first of its kind by the Washington, D.C.-based organization, the report is based on results of assessment surveys conducted in 2009 and 2011. Survey respondents were 1,035 winners of scholarships dating back to APIASF’S 2003 inception, although college freshmen made up the majority of respondents. Students were either eligible for Pell grants or came from families living at or below poverty level.
“This information has the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of AAPI students enrolled in higher education across the country,” says APIASF President and Executive Director Neil Horikoshi. <Read more.>