This scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen or legal resident who can claim Asian or Pacific Islander heritage, as well as citizens of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. Additionally, applicants must:
- Be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university for the fall semester immediately following the announcement of the scholarship recipients
- Have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
- Demonstrate financial need by filing a FAFSA no later than Feb. 15
What It Covers
Fifty-two applicants (one from each state, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) will be chosen as AXA Achievers; each one will receive a one-time scholarship award of $10,000. Additionally, the 10 strongest candidates among these 52 recipients will be chosen to receive a bonus $15,000 award for a total award of $25,000. These monies must be exclusively used for undergraduate education-related expenses.
How to Apply
Students must register online with the AXA Foundation, and then submit an application that includes the following information no later than Dec. 15, 2013:
- Details about extracurricular activities, employment experience, and community service involvement.
- Current high school cumulative on a 4.0 scale
- An essay prompt that asks the applicant to discuss their outstanding achievements. The AXA Foundation provides the following advice for applicants:
- "Read through the online application's essay questions and carefully consider your responses."
- "Be sure to fully capture and articulate what makes your achievement truly outstanding."
"You may wish to use word processing software to write and edit your responses. If you copy and paste your responses into the appropriate application fields, review the pasted text carefully for any character shifting or replacements that may have occurred. Also, place the cursor into the pasted text to activate the application's character counter function."