Monday, May 14, 2018

Welcome Reception and APIA Scholarships


On May 8th, 2018, APIA held a welcome reception for Dr. Joanna Schilling and Provost Valentina Purtell. In addition, APIA awarded our annual scholarship.


Michelle Tee, Valentina Purtell, Dr. Joanna Schilling and Billy Pashaie


President Greg Schulz of Fullerton College, Chancellor Cheryl Marshall and Fred Williams (Vice Chancellor, Finance & Facilities)


Camille was recognized for her academic excellence during her studies at Fullerton College. She was on the President’s Honor list, she won the library’s Banned Book essay contest, and she received a UCLA research grant to fund her work on the topic, “Marginalization Through Diction: Examining everyday microaggressions to LGBTQ students of color at Community College Campuses.”
While keeping up her grades, Camille also found time for volunteer work that earned her the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society Community Service Award.  Camille volunteered off-campus at Commonwealth Elementary School and at retirement homes, but she has also been very active on-campus. She received the Senator of the Year award for her service on Associated Students as the Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and in various other capacities. She also served as the Fullerton College delegate for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. Camille participated as a representative or panelist at events at UCI, UCR, and Fullerton College to provide perspectives and solutions for educators and students dealing with LGBTQ students of color. Camille also received the Students of Distinction Service Achievement Award.


Our Cypress College APIA scholarship recipient, Bao Tran, unfortunately had a scheduling conflict and was unable to accept his award at the Anaheim campus event. Bao Tran came highly recommended by Jane Jepson, a counselor at Cypress College, who has known him since 2016. They met when he became a student worker in the Career Technical Education department. He immigrated to the US in 2013 and after overcoming language barriers and financial hardships, Bao completed high school then enrolled at Cypress College, where he has studied graphic design. He plans to attend Cal State Long Beach this fall, continuing his studies in graphic design. He was very busy during his 3 years at Cypress College. He became known for his technical and artistic expertise. He also gained a reputation as the person that his peers could always count on. Bao found his calling in human rights and you could find him volunteering at the International Student Club and Multicultural Club events. He won a number of awards for his activism and academic achievements.




Thursday, May 3, 2018

Welcome Event



APIA will be welcoming Dr. Joanna Schilling and Valentina Purtell to the NOCCCD. During this event, we will be awarding a scholarship to a deserving student from both Fullerton College and Cypress College.

Social Mixer and Membership Drive










Several members of APIA met at a restaurant and mingled with other NOCCCD employees interested in APIA. APIA is expanding our membership through all the campuses in the district and we encourage you to attend our events.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WorldFest April 2018

APIA members set up a popular table at the annual WorldFest event organized by the Cadena Cultural Center. Students and staff could pinpoint the countries of origin of their families and ancestors on a world map. The diversity on campus was apparent when tracking the locations on the map. Students and staff marked origins from the following locations: Africa, California (Native American), Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jakarta, Japan, Mexico, North Korea, Norway, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Scotland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Surabaya, Sweden, Syria, Tonga, and Vietnam. In addition, API students could write on post-its to comment on their experiences at Fullerton College. Thydan Huynh, Marwin Luminarias, Naomi Abesamis, Kevin Tran, and Jane Ishibashi helped out with the display table.



Monday, March 12, 2018

APIA Scholarships



Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (APIA) seeks to recognize outstanding students who exemplify the spirit of APIA by achieving academic excellence and demonstrating personal commitment and dedicated service to their community. The APIA scholarships of $200 will be awarded to two currently enrolled students in any field. There will be one recipient per campus.  The student must submit (1) a personal essay (maximum 500 words) of goals and accomplishments including his or her community involvement; (2) a transcript of grades (a printout of the unofficial transcript from MyGateway is acceptable); (3) a letter of recommendation; (4) and the application form. Members of the APIA scholarship committee read all applications and select the winner.


 Specific eligibility criteria are:


  • Be a currently enrolled student at Cypress or Fullerton College.
  • Plan to be enrolled at least half-time at an accredited 4 year college or university in the Fall 2018 term
  • Demonstrate community involvement or volunteer work
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00
APIA welcomes all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability status, age, religious affiliation, etc. For application form: APIA Scholarship Form   For application information and addresses: Application information



Wednesday, March 7, 2018






Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund

$50,000 in Scholarships Now Available

Deadline: 11:59pm – Wednesday, March 28, 2018


10 – $5,000 Scholarships for High School Seniors and 1st Year College Students
Planning to Attend a University/College in the U.S. in the Fall of 2018

 The Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund is focused on helping economically-challenged Taiwanese American youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education.


For more information:
Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund
2018 Royal Business Bank Scholarship Program


Royal Business Bank Scholarship

$20,000 in Scholarship Awards Available

20 – $1,000 Scholarships Available for High School Seniors
Planning to Attend College as a Full-Time, Degree-Seeking Student in the Fall of 2018
Royal Business Bank is committed to supporting economically-challenged youth, presiding in their business service territories to fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education.

Deadline: 11:59pm –

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Eligibility:
    • High school seniors who reside in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County and Clark County-Nevada
    • Plan to attend a U.S. Accredited 4-Year College/University of California/Nevada Community College as a 1st year student in the Fall of 2018 (if selected, must submit college acceptance letter for verification)
    • Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
    • Have a household income at or below the County Low Income Level (must be able to show 2016 or 2017 tax return should applicant be selected for award)
    • The scholarship is open to ALL MAJORS and there is NO ETHNICITY REQUIREMENT
    • Employees of Royal Business Bank and their immediate family members are NOT eligible to apply