McDonald’s is launching a new scholarship to make college affordable for Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students.

In collaboration with AIPA Scholars, the fast-food company has donated $500,000 to establish the first-ever McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship program. Currently, only 25 percent of Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Southeast Asian Americans have college degrees.

The program will provide 15 four-year scholarships and 40 one-year scholarships to rising college freshmen.

“There are tremendous disparities within the APIA community, both economically and educationally, that are often overlooked. As a founding sponsor of APIA Scholars, McDonald’s has supported our efforts to address these disparities,” said Noël S. Harmon, President, and Executive Director, APIA Scholars.

The latest scholarship program comes on top of already running National Scholarship for Hispanic students and the McDonald’s Black and Positively Golden Scholarships to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

For the AIPA program, a student must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, planning to enroll in an undergraduate student in the 2020 Fall 2020. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, submit a letter of recommendation and file Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FASFA).

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are being accepted through January 22, 2020.

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