Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2010) – The Organization of Chinese Americans, National Chapter, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic wellbeing of Asian Pacific Americans, announces a $150,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be utilized in 2011 to support the OCA/UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship and the Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP) Program.
“OCA is honored to have this relationship with UPS and is grateful for their continued support, not only to OCA, but to the larger APA community,” said Ken Lee, OCA national president, “It is programs such as these that connect APAs to life changing opportunities.”
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. Over the last ten years, UPS has provided scholarships to 134 APAs to help reach their full academic potential through this program.
Since 2008, UPS has partnered with OCA to launch MAAP training programs across the country. This program is designed to cultivate the next generation of confident, empowered, equipped, and collaborative APA professional leaders through mentoring, skills-building and networking.
To date, the MAAP program operates in six sites; Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey, Orange County, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and has had over 185 participate as mentors and mentees. MAAP is the only APA professional mentoring program operating at a national level.
“The UPS Foundation has supported OCA’s scholarship and mentorship for many years. These programs make a meaningful difference in our communities and each student’s life,” 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: non-profit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2009, The UPS Foundation distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations of programs such as the OCA/UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship and MAAP, and provide support for building stronger communities.