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The FAPAC Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes the recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) 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. 

Since 2013, the award is given out on a rotational basis to honor AAPI pioneers and role models whose dedication and efforts in public service have opened 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.
  • The Honorable Secretary Elaine L. Chao, a Chinese American who become the first Asian Pacific American woman to hold a Cabinet position as Secretary of Labor and she is now the 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

The award will be given to the student during the annual FAPAC National Leadership Training Program. The awardee will receive a stipend of $5,000 towards his or her education.

Download the Scholarship Announcement Here

Submissions are Closed

Submission Deadline: CLOSED
Point of Contact:

Interested students can visit the FAPAC website at to learn more about FAPAC and its activities.
Interested Donors and Sponsors can Donate Here or email to find out how to support the Fund!


  • Open to all college students of AAPI heritage, who are U. S. citizens.
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States
  • Degree-seeking students 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. 
    1. A letter of recommendation with detailed description of your service(s) to foster diversity and inclusion in the Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPIs) communities;
    2. Transcripts from college(s) attended (or currently attending);
    3. 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%.
    1. Criteria 1: Demonstrated commitment to public service, including services to the AAPIs communities; and
    2. 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.

Past Scholarship Winners

In Honor Of

Congressman Dalip Singh Saund

In Honor of

Norman Y. Mineta

Former Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation 

In Honor Of

Elaine L. Chao

Secretary of Transportation, Former Secretary of Labor

2016 Scholarship Winner

Nitisha Baronia

Major: Business Administration &
Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

2017 Scholarship Winner

Danicole Ramos

Major: Business Administration 
University of Seattle, Washington

2018 Scholarship Winner

Jenny Chhea

Major: Juris Doctor
University of California, Berkeley

2013 Scholarship Winner

Cindy Dinh

Major: Juris Doctor & Master in Public Administration
University of California, Berkeley &
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

2014 Scholarship Winner

Mary June Flores

Major: 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

2015 Scholarship Winner

James H. Lau

Major: Biology & Chemistry
Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia

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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