|UPS Foundation Awards $100,000 to OCA for Scholarship and Mentoring ProgramsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11 December 2009
Sarah Smith Nester | Communications Manager
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce they received a $100,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be utilized in 2010 to support OCA’s UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship and the Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP) Program.
"OCA is so honored to have this relationship with UPS and we are grateful for their continued support,” said Ken Lee, OCA national president. "Because of UPS, we have been able to provide future leaders with the tools they need for success.”
The OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for APA high school students who are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. For ten years, UPS has provided scholarships to 118 APAs to help reach their full academic potential.
In 2009, OCA launched the three-month MAAP program, designed to cultivate the next generation of confident, empowered, equipped, and collaborative APA professional leaders through mentoring, skills-building, and networking. With the generous support of The UPS Foundation, MAAP was launched in Atlanta, San Francisco and Washington, D.C .
"The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities—so we are proud to support OCA’s efforts to provide scholarships and mentorship opportunities,” said Ken Sternad, president of the UPS Foundation.
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 the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2008, The UPS Foundation distributed $46.9 million worldwide through grants that benefit programs such as the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship and MAAP, and provided support for building stronger communities.