New York-based Asian Women in Business, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interests of Asian women entrepreneurs, has long been a champion of the needs of and issues affecting Asian Americans in the workplace since its founding in 1995.
Realizing the need to nurture the next generation of Asian American leaders, AWIB established a scholarship program in 2006, awarding the first scholarships in 2008. The scholarships grant assistance to promising female college students of Asian descent based on their leadership skills, community service, and entrepreneurship.
The five 2013 scholarship recipients were recently announced, and among them is Christine Ito of the University of Washington. An Early Childhood and Family Studies major, Ito volunteers at community events, facilitates workshops, mentors students, and promotes advocacy for Japanese American issues.
To continue providing scholarships like the one Ito received, AWIB recently established a crowdfunding campaign through the online fundraising website Razoo with a goal to raise $20,000 by March 31, 2014. There are many levels of contribution, and a donor of $2,500 or more will have the opportunity to name the scholarship in honor of a significant person in his or her life.
Overall AWIB has awarded 35 scholarships, and the beneficiaries have flourished in their careers and in their communities. 2008 recipient Keiko Akashi is now a public affairs manager at Con Edison, a partner in AWIB’s community endeavors.
To learn more about AWIB’s fundraising campaign and to donate to the scholarship fund, please visit Razoo’s website.