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FAPAC Scholarship Endowment Fund

Distinguished Public Service Scholarship

The FAPAC Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes the recognition of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) students who are interested in public service and has made contributions to foster diversity and inclusion in the AAPI community. 

For many years, FAPAC has awarded a number of scholarships and internships to AAPI college students who exhibit excellent academic achievement as well as demonstrated a continuous effort to foster diversity and community service to the AAPI community. 

Beginning in 2013, the award is given out on a rotational basis, to honor three distinguished AAPI pioneers and role models whose dedication and efforts in public service have opened the doors for many others.

  • The late Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, an Indian American who was the first Asian Pacific American elected to Congress.
  • Former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, a Japanese American who was the first Asian Pacific American to serve in two Cabinet positions as Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation.
  • Former Secretary Elaine L. Chao, a Chinese American 18th U.S Secretary of Transportation,  first Asian Pacific  Islander American woman ever appointed to the President’s Cabinet in American history, this is her second cabinet level post.  She also served as the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor, 2001-2009, the longest serving Secretary of Labor.

The 2018 FAPAC Endowment Fund Scholarship award will be given in honor of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, to one (1) student during the annual FAPAC National Leadership Training Program. The scholarship recipient will receive a stipend of $5,000 towards his or her education.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018

Point of Contact:

Interested students can visit the FAPAC website at to learn more about FAPAC and its activities.

Interested Donors and Sponsors can email to find out how to support the Endowment Fund Inc.!


  • Open to all college students of AAPI heritage, who are U. S. citizens.
  • Enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree seeking student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Not open to previous scholarship winners and children of FAPAC Officers

Submission Process

  1. Submit a complete package based upon the set criteria below and fill out the Application Form by the above deadline.
  2. Application package shall include, at a minimum, the items listed below. Incomplete packages will not be considered. 
    • A letter of recommendation with detailed description of your service(s) to foster diversity and inclusion in the AAPI communities;
    • Transcripts from college(s) attended (or currently attending);
    • Essay, up to two pages on the applicant’s summary of your contributions to promote diversity in the AAPI communities and how leaders like Secretary Elaine L. Chao had provided an example.

Evaluation Process

1.  The Award Committee will comprise of a Panel of Judges to review the application and will use the following evaluation criteria set forth below.  Each Criteria will be rated equally as 50 points each, equals to 100%.
    • Criteria 1: Demonstrated commitment to public service, including services to the APIAs communities; and
    • Criteria 2: Demonstrated leadership and potential for continued growth in leadership skills; and Academic achievement.

2.  The Award Committee will comprise of a Panel of Judges and a Committee Chair to review and select the scholarship winner and shall present the results to the FAPAC President for final review and approval.  In case of a tie, the Committee Chair will be the tie breaker.

3.  Once the selection of the scholarship winner is approved, the Committee Chair will notify the awardee via email in a formal letter of invitation to attend that is signed by the FAPAC President.  The invitation will include a one (1) complimentary dinner ticket to attend the Award Ceremony but it does not include travel expenses for the awardee.  If the awardee wishes to purchase additional dinner tickets, this can be done by contacting the Award Committee Chair to purchase additional tickets for additional attendees.

Donate or Sponsor

The FAPAC Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes the recognition of Asian Pacific American students who is interested in public service and has made contributions to foster diversity and inclusion in the AAPI community. Fill out the below form to show your support and donate to the Scholarship Fund!

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Past Scholarship Winners

 Year  Winner Major   School In Honor Of
 2013 Cindy Dinh Juris Doctor &
Master in Public Administration
University of California, Berkeley &
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Congressman Dalip Singh Saund
 2014 Mary June Flores Master of Public Policy &
Master of Public Health
Goldman School of Public Policy/University of California, Berkeley
School of Public Health/University of California, Berkeley
Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
 2015 James H. Lau Biology & Chemistry Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia Secretary Elaine L. Chao
 2016 Nitisha Baronia  Business Administration & Political Science  University of California, Berkeley Congressman Dalip Singh Saund

Danicole Ramos

Business Administration

University of Seattle, Washington

Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
 2018       Secretary Elaine L. Chao

FAPAC is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.
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