Wells Fargo annual $50K scholarship in time for Year of Rooster

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Wells Fargo pledged their annual donation of $50,000 to the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) in time for the celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Rooster.

Present last February 9 at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco were: Greg Morgan- Wells Fargo EVP and President of the Greater San Francisco Region, Shuyi Wang – Wells Fargo Head of Asian Segment Strategy and APIASF President and Executive Director Neil Horikoshi.

Head of Asian Segment Strategy Shuyi Wang said Wells Fargo remains committed to better serve the Asian-American communitywhether through investments in scholarship for higher education or by helping people achieve their entrepreneurial dream of opening small business.

She looks forward to continue collaborating and nurturing relationships with local and national non-profit organizations to support the important work they do in providing access to education, financial literacy, economic development, more investment and wealth management resources and in-languages services for diverse communities.

Since 2006, Wells Fargo has generously appropriated over $6.5 million and has funded over 1,300 APIASF scholarships, financial education, mentorship, college tours and national events to support underserved students.

The event also highlighted three APIASF scholarship recipients, namely Guohua Xie ( Junior/ Computer and Information Systems Scholar at City College of San Francisco), Lani Yoshimoto ( Sophomore/ Psychology Scholar at Mission College) and Nikkola Napolitano ( Freshman Social Work Scholar at San Jose State University).

Guohua Xie, a working student juggles his time as a sushi chef, a Java tutor and a mobile performance intern at Salesforce. Interestingly, Lani Yoshimoto has previously served in the United States Marine Corps from January 2005 until late 2009. She is currently the ICC Vice-chair, Student Government Senator and Spectrum Caucus Chair representing the LGBTQ causes at the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC). Coming from both Filipino and Chinese descent – Nikkola Napolitano is an active member of Kabataan — a Filipino youth leadership group which advocates community projects in helping those in need or discriminated against. She is also the Vice-president of Juma Ventures – a non- profit youth organization which helps low income students of color to save money.

APIASF/Wells Fargo scholars represent 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Armed Forces Pacific, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands and the Northern Marina Islands. APIASF is the nation’s largest non-profit organization committed to create opportunities for students to access, complete and succeed in their post-secondary education. APIASF thrives in developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities and make significant contributions to the Country. (Catherine Tibayan)

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