Coastline Community College announced this week a partnership and new scholarship with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).
"I think the scholarship is doing amazing things for the community and addressing specific things within the community," APIASF spokeswoman Katie Tran-Lam said Friday.
About 50% of Asian and Pacific Islander students go to community colleges, she said.
This is the first year that APIASF has partnered with Coastline Community College.
The new scholarship will provide five $5,000 scholarship awards, funded by Walmart, according to a news release. The scholarships will be distributed over two years.
The purpose behind the multiyear scholarships is to help students with persistence, Tran-Lam said.
Eligible applicants must be enrolled as new, full-time, first-generation students in a degree-seeking program at Coastline Community College in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the release. Students who take six credits or fewer of online courses are also qualified.
Eligible students must also be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census, as well as a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of the U.S. Freely Associated States.
Students must also apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. The deadline for the scholarship is 6 p.m. Oct. 12.
For more information and to apply for the scholarship, visit apiasf.org.