OCA receives $50,000 grant from UPS® to fund the OCA - UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship
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27 December 2007
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Funds to be used to support the OCA - UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship for APA students
Washington, DC—OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, received a $50,000 grant from UPS , the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used to support the OCA - UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship for APA students who are the first in their family to attend college.
"Although the average level of education for APAs is higher than the national average, the statistics are misleading,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "There are many members of the APA community who have advanced degrees, however, there are also countless APAs who are unable to attend college due to financial reasons. Through its many scholarships, OCA strives to achieve its goals of promoting civic participation, education, and leadership. We are proud to partner with UPS to help APA students achieve their dreams.”
Since 1999, The UPS Foundation has generously funded the OCA - UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship Program for Asian Pacific American high school students who are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education.
"Chinese immigrants looked upon America as a mountain of golden opportunities to make a better life for themselves and their families,” said Michael Lin, Executive Director of OCA, "The title of this scholarship program appropriately describes the opportunities that The UPS Foundation and OCA provide to the winners of the scholarship who seek dreams of higher education, which are not only the dreams of the students but of their parents and extended family.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified literacy, hunger relief, and volunteerism as its focus areas.
In 2006, The UPS Foundation distributed over $45 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as OCA and provide support for building stronger communities.
"Giving back to the communities is an important part of UPS’s nearly 100 years-old culture that’s embraced by our employees through volunteerism, making donations and sharing their unique skill sets,” said Lisa Hamilton, president of The UPS Foundation, "Together with nonprofit partners such as OCA, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need.”