Supporting the educational journeys of our leaders of tomorrow to help API women soar

2019 Scholarship Application Available NOW!

Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) announces scholarships are available for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women pursuing higher education who live in and/or are from Fresno, Merced, Madera, Kings, or Tulare County. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following: first generation student, academic achievement, leadership, contribution to API community, and ethnic diversity. Applicants must be an entering/continuing undergraduate, entering/continuing graduate, or re-entry student in a college or university. Special awards are also available for students studying health and/or attending a college at the State Center Community College District.

Deadline for submission of application and materials: APRIL 30, 2019

Announcement of recipients will be made in May 2019.

Scholarship awards will be presented at the 2019 CCAPW Scholarship Gala (June 12, 2019 at Fresno City College).


The 2019 CCAPW Scholarship Guidelines and Application:

2019 CCAPW Scholarship Application Guidelines

To download a PDF copy of the application before you begin your online submission, click here.

Current Scholarships Available

General Scholarship

The purpose of CCAPW’s General Scholarship Awards is to provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander women that reside and/or grew up in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare Counties. Selection criteria includes academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Applicants may be entering, continuing or re-entering students in a college or university.

State Center Community College Foundation Scholarship

CCAPW will offer one scholarship to a receipient pursuing an Associate’s Degree and/or Transfer to a University.
(Proof of acceptance or enrollment at one of the State Center Community College District Colleges or Centers is required)


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Gene & Genevieve Lew Endowed Scholarship

The Gene & Genevieve Lew Endowed Scholarship supports the educational journeys of Central Valley community college students. Gene Lew is a retired administrator in the field of industrial education and Genevieve Lew is a retired teacher of English as a Second Language. Both strongly support the important role that public schools and community colleges play in building a pipeline to higher education that is open and accessible to all.

The Gene & Genevieve Lew Endowed Scholarship is a permanently endowed fund with the State Center Community College Foundation and managed by CCAPW. The first scholarships will be granted in 2019 to an SCCCD student and will continue each year thereafter.

(Proof of acceptance or enrollment at one of the State Center Community College District Colleges or Centers is required)

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MALA Scholarship

The Mala Scholarship is named after the Buddhist mala prayer beads which are traditionally used in prayer and meditation. Mala beads are believed to provide spiritual healing and bring out certain qualities from the wearers’ character, such as strength, happiness, and clarity of purpose. The 108 beads used to create a mala prayer necklace have special significance and are intended to help individuals “open the eyes for the purpose of reaching enlightenment.”

The goal of the Mala Scholarship is to help guide first-generation students in their intentions to learn and lead within their field and as emerging leaders in their community.

Mae Takahashi Scholarship (Mae Takahashi 1936-2001)

Mae Takahashi was the founding president of CCAPW. She pioneered the development of a Central California organization of Asian Pacific women by modeling sister Asian and Pacific Islander women’s organizations in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She established the Central Valley’s participation in state and national APW networks. Mae initiated and oversaw the governance issues of the organization’s nonprofit status and planted the seeds for the organization’s successful review of over 25 years. She has been an integral part of improving the status of API women in the Central Valley. Today our membership of community activists, professionals, educators, health providers, businesswomen, Asian and Pacific Islander organizational and community leaders continues the CCAPW mission in her honor and memory.