Volunteer Organization of the Year Award
This is the only award given to a USC volunteer organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Trojan Family and the advancement of USC. Important achievements considered are organization formation, membership growth, retention and involvement, overall development, quality and creativity of programming, communications, successful fundraising initiatives and leadership.
We are pleased to recognize the 2021 Volunteer Organization of the Year honoree:
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association
Known as the “voice for the Asian Pacific Trojans worldwide,” the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA) has grown from a small group of volunteers raising student scholarship funds into one of the university’s most dynamic and diverse alumni organizations. APAA engages alumni and supporters through programming and events that celebrate the legacy and achievements of the Asian Pacific Trojan Family. These events run the gamut from professional mixers to cultural outings to APAA’s annual gala, which honors outstanding scholars and distinguished alumni. APAA also collaborates with USC schools and academic units to develop programming on a topics relevant to Asian Pacific Trojans of all ages and backgrounds.
Increasing student scholarship support is central to the APAA mission. Over the years, APAA has grown its scholarship endowment to provide financial assistance to more USC students. In the 2020-2021 academic year, APAA awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to 80 USC undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrated a commitment to serving the Asian Pacific community. APAA leaders and volunteers also serve as mentors and trusted advisors to current students, as well as to young alumni.
Outreach is another top priority for APAA, which has established thriving volunteer committees in the Bay Area and Orange County to keep local Trojan connected to one another and engaged with USC. APAA volunteers have also strengthened ties with alumni across the United States and internationally, especially throughout Southeast Asia. In addition, APAA’s Young Alumni Council (YAC) provides opportunities and resources for alumni age 35 and younger to build their personal and professional networks.
Next year, APAA will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding.