2017 Scholarship Application

Awards for Asian and Pacific Islander Women

Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) announces scholarships are available for the 2017-2018 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 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.

Postmark deadline for submission of application and materials: APRIL 30, 2017

Announcement of recipients will be made in May 2017. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Event details will be announced.

Download the 2017 CCAPW Scholarship Guidelines and Application here:


Questions can be sent to ccapwscholarship@gmail.com

CCAPW awards scholarships in the following categories:

1. General Scholarship

The purpose of CCAPW’s general scholarship awards is to provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander women currently residing in Fresno County. The selection criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Applicants may be entering, continuing undergraduate, or re-entry students in a college or university. Special awards are also available for students studying in the areas of health and business.

2. State Center Community College Foundation Scholarship

In 2017. CCAPW will offer one scholarship to a receipient pursuing an Associate’s Degree and/or Transfer to a University.

3. Graduate Studies Scholarship

CCAPW will offer a scholarship to a recipient pursuing studies at the graduate level. In an ever-growing competitive economy, CCAPW recognizes the need to support opportunities for women seeking advanced studies in a specialized field. This scholarship is open to recipients in all fields of discipline.

4. 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 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.



In past years, CCAPW has been proud to offer the Joan M. Augustin Memorial Scholarship for a student pursuing studies in early childhood education. (No Agustin scholarship will be awarded this year.)

(Joan M. Agustin 1957-1996)

Joan M. Agustin loved children and dedicated her studies and life’s work to a child’s first formal educational experience in a preschool setting. She was a teacher/director at Wesley Headstart in Fresno, California where she mentored new teachers, welcomed parents into classrooms and valued family and diversity. She challenged the status quo by applying tested early childhood education techniques to non-English speakers, blended, and culturally and socio-economically diverse children and their families. She taught by example. Personally Joan was a fun-loving jokester who inspired laughter by poking the most fun at herself. In memory of Joan’s life work and love of life, her family and friends offer a scholarship to a student of early childhood education through CCAPW.

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