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Distinguished Public Service Scholarship

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Endowment Fund is proud to announce the creation of the Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. For the past many years, FAPAC has awarded a number of scholarships and internships to Asian Pacific American college students who exhibit excellent academic achievement as well as demonstrated a continuous effort to foster diversity and community service to the Asian Pacific American community. Starting 2013, the scholarship will be represented through the established FAPAC Endowment Fund in honor of the first Asian Pacific American elected to Congress – the late Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, and the honorable former Secretaries Elaine L. Chao and Norman Y. Mineta. 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.

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 Asian and Pacific American community.

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

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
  • Open to all college students of Asian Pacific American 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
The selection criteria will include the following:
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, including service to the AAPI community;
  • Demonstrated leadership and potential for continued growth in leadership skills;
  • Academic achievement
Applications must include:
  • Completed Application Form
  • A letter of recommendation with detailed description of your service to foster diversity and inclusion in the Asian and Pacific American community
  • A copy of transcript from a U.S. accredited college(s)
  • Maximum two page essay on a specific theme chosen each year

Submit Applications by February 29, 2016 to

FAPAC Scholarship Winners
 Year Winner Major   SchoolIn Honor Of
 2013Cindy Dinh Juris Doctor &
Master in Public Administration
University of California, Berkeley &
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Congressman Dalip Singh Saund
 2014Mary 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
 2015James H. Lau Biology & Chemistry Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia Secretary Elaine L. Chao
 2016Nitisha Baronia  Business Administration &
Political Science
 University of California, Berkeley Congressman Dalip Singh Saund
 2017   Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
 2018   Secretary Elaine L. Chao