• I am #NotTheSame I am the first in my family to attend college.

    I am #NotTheSame I am the first in my family to attend college.
  • I am #NotTheSame I faced financial struggles to go to college.

    I am #NotTheSame I faced financial struggles to go to college.
  • I am #NotTheSame I am a refugee.

    I am #NotTheSame I am a refugee.
  • I am #NotTheSame I am no stranger to being homeless.

    I am #NotTheSame I am no stranger to being homeless.

The mission of #NotTheSame is to raise awareness and to break the "model minority" myth that assumes all young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are successful and have unlimited access to college and opportunities. This campaign is inspired by the unheard AAPI stories of homelessness, poverty, refugee struggles, bullying and prejudice.

Young people who are all #NotTheSame speak up against Asian American and Pacific Islander stereotypes.

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APIASF is empowering and supporting the voices and stories of struggling Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Since 2003, APIASF has recognized, supported and empowered the real journeys of AAPI students by providing them with financial resources and support to access, persist and succeed through college – ultimately contributing to a more vibrant America.

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APIASF is the largest provider of college scholarships and resources to help AAPI students succeed.

Last year, APIASF distributed $10 million in scholarships, leaving 90% of the students still in need.
60% of APIASF scholars live at or below the poverty level.
60% of APIASF scholars are first-generation college students.
Asian American and Pacific Islander represent over 48 ethnicities and speak over 300 languages.
By 2050 the AAPI community is expected to reach over 40 million people. By 2050 the AAPI community is expected to reach over 40 million people.

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Our students’ success stories.

RUTHIE ANN MILES

"Ruthie Ann was raised by a single mother in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Her mother juggled several jobs at once to make ends meet, and managed to save enough money to pay for Ruthie Ann's freshman year of college. During her first year at Southern Oregon University, Ruthie Ann was worried that she wouldn't make it past her first year due to lack of financial means. The APIASF/Gates Millennium Scholarship supported and encouraged her to study and explore. It gave her confidence to reach for the stars and dream bigger. She eventually began her Broadway career in 2011 and has since become an award-winning performer — most recently, she received the 2015 Tony Award for "Best Featured Actress in a Musical."
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Your donation will support the overlooked AAPI students who strive to attend college and ultimately strengthen communities nationwide. These students have struggled through significant obstacles, and your support will help them prosper to become the nation’s next generation of leaders.

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