ATLANTA, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cox Enterprises today announced a new partnership with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). Through the partnership, the Cox Enterprises Scholars program will annually provide $2,500 scholarships for 10 students.
"APIASF provides access to education, develops future leaders and creates opportunities for talented students," said Lissiah Hundley, Cox Enterprises' diversity and inclusion strategist. "This partnership goes well beyond the scholarship funding. It's an opportunity to engage with a dynamic organization and use the power of our media to help break stereotypes. And, it's an opportunity to share our story with the scholars in hopes that they may one day choose Cox Enterprises as their employer of choice."
The scholarships will initially be available to students in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; and Orlando.
Cox will also provide in-kind public service announcements (PSAs) to amplify APIASF's #NotTheSame campaign and help correct the misconception that all young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have unlimited access to college and opportunities.
"The Asian American and Pacific Islander community is one of the fastest growing racial groups in the United States, yet remains the most misunderstood. As communities across the nation celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it is crucial that we draw attention to many in our community who have struggled through tremendous obstacles and persevered to become first generation college graduates, community leaders and more," states Neil Horikoshi, APIASF's president and executive director. "We thank Cox Enterprises for their strategic partnership and support in highlighting and celebrating the real stories of thousands of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."
More than 60 percent of APIASF scholars live at or below the poverty line, and many have faced homelessness, poverty, refugee struggles, bullying and prejudice.
View the PSA to learn more about the #NotTheSame campaign.
About Cox Enterprises:
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of $18 billion and approximately 55,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms).
The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak. Through Cox Automotive, the company's international operations stretch across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit CoxCSRReport.com.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed over $100 million in scholarships to AAPI students. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: the APIASF General Scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander - Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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