Belonging to the lower socio-economic class or below the poverty line is perhaps a challenge that all countries face. Regardless if it’s a highly-developed or developing country, poverty has many faces. The economic gap increases every time a country takes a step towards being a highly developed one.
A conservative view would suggest that education is the key to end poverty. However, the finances to support this solution prove to also be another challenge. Despite rigorous efforts to provide affordable education and available vocational courses, competition plays another significant role aspiring workers has to surpass. Some would resolve into being underpaid despite their qualifications so that they can provide something on the table. Being overqualified in certain job posts would further make vocational learners have difficulty finding a job where their qualifications run.
Belonging to an immigrant minority- such as being a Pacific Islander or Asian- is another reason why getting into a degree program is a challenge. These immigrants arrive in the US sometimes as skilled workers. Like many skilled worker, their pay may not be enough to shoulder a bachelor degree under such wage. Thereby, they resolve into finishing either only high school or if they get lucky get a vocational certificate. The cycle doesn’t seem to end.
This challenge has never skipped the notice of the big industrial giants, especially those owned by Asians (like Toyota). The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is a scholarship scheme that aims to provide scholarship and/ or financial support to qualified students. The Toyota Giving Circle Scholarship is the biggest known scholarship funding given to a chosen candidate with a $2500 financial support.
Minimum eligibility is as follows:
- students located in Southern California are given more preference and must be able to attend Toyota scholarship event in Torrance, CA in the spring
- Enrolling as a full-time, degree-seeking, and/or first-year student in the upcoming academic year
- Students without parents or guardians employed by Toyota Motor Sales USA
Other requirements to qualify in this one time scholarship grant are:
- Be an Asian or a Pacific Islander as described by the US Census
- Of legal age and a citizen of the US, or has a permanent residence status
- A minimum GPA of 2.7
Application for the Spring semester started on September 4, 2018 and ends on January 10, 2019 at 1700h EST. For more information regarding one’s eligibility, kindly visit the site for more details. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/deadline/deadline-in-jaunuary/apiasf-taap-a-toyota-giving-circle-scholarship