Scholarship Program

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Application deadline: April 2019

Scholarship application (MS Word | PDF) & eligibility requirements

The Asian Americans in Public Finance (AAPF) is proud to sponsor the Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship for college students in an accredited four-year college or university in California interested in a career serving the public sector.  Since inception in 2013, we have awarded 1-2 scholarships a year to students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, are highly motivated to lead, and are dedicated to their communities or causes.  With strong support from the Asian American community and industry participants, we have doubled the scholarship award from $2,500 to $5,000 per student in the past year to increase our support of the scholarship recipients.

As a professional organization, Asian Americans in Public Finance strives to enhance, develop and promote the professional lives and careers of dedicated Asian Americans in public finance, as well as those interested in pursuing a career in public finance or the public sector. Public Finance is the study of government’s impact on the economy, and a profession in public finance involves the funding and financial management of public goods, services, and facilities provided directly by state and local governments, through its agencies or community not-for-profit organizations. A profession in this field requires a commitment to public service.

The Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship honors the memory of former California State Treasurer Matt Fong, for his dedication to public service, active involvement in state politics, and direct impact he had in opening up opportunities for Asian Americans in the public finance industry. Matt Fong’s life embodied the mission of the Asian Americans in Public Finance organization.

By sponsoring and awarding these scholarships, Asian Americans in Public Finance hopes to foster the future careers of individuals with the drive, focus and ambition to make contributions for the betterment of their communities and society at large.  Additionally, AAPF hopes to serve as a resources for students and individuals to learn more about the various careers and opportunities which comprise public finance and equip them with the tools to have a greater voice and impact in public service.

This scholarship is being administered on behalf of the Asian Americans in Public Finance by the Asian Pacific Fund. A description of the eligibility requirements and a copy of the scholarship application are available on the Asian Pacific Fund website here.

Scholarship Recipients:

2013Amy TruongKristy Nguyen
2014Anthony DuongRamandeep Mann
2015Wendy SovTeofanny Saragi
2016Justine PoJudy Li
2017Kristie Sham
2018Samantha FongAmberlyn Saw