Walmart Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month with Donation to Scholarship Fund

Donation part of retailer’s year-round commitment to the APIA Community

BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 4, 2009 – Walmart is celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 2009 by announcing a $150,000 contribution to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). The contribution is one of many ways the retailer contributes to programs and initiatives that help strengthen Asian and Pacific Islander American communities throughout the year.

In June, 38 APIASF/Walmart Scholars will be designated for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Scholars majoring in the areas of business, engineering, logistics and other subject areas will each receive scholarships of $2,500 for use during their freshman year in college. Including this donation, the Walmart Foundation has supported the APIASF with more than $550,000 since 2005.

“Over the years we have seen how important scholarship funds like these are to students from all walks of life. This support is even more relevant in these tough economic times,” said Esther Silver-Parker, senior vice president of Constituent Relations, Walmart Stores Inc. “We are happy to continue supporting the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the future leaders it helps nurture and grow.”

The APIASF focuses special attention on communities that have historically been underserved and are often economically disadvantaged, as well as those who are the first in their families to attend college.

“Walmart has been a key supporter of our scholarship fund since its inception. Through Walmart’s ongoing support, we have been able to provide deserving students access to higher education and expand our programs and services to ensure that our scholars will be successful long-term,” said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF President & Executive Director.

In addition to scholarships, Walmart supports and partners with several community-based organizations as part of its commitment to the Asian and Pacific Islander American community. This includes the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, the Asian American Justice Center, the Korean American Coalition and the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Association.

In an effort to share best practices, Walmart will take part in conferences hosted by the Asian Women in Business organization and the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, both during the month of May. Walmart will bring together a panel of experts from the field of sustainability to provide education, insights and solutions to help women- and minority-owned small businesses see the value and relevancy of “going green”.
As the nation’s largest private employer, Walmart’s U.S. workforce is comprised of more than 41,000 Asian-American and 5,900 Pacific Islander-American associates.

Walmart’s Home Office based Asian and Pacific Islander American associate resource group will host an event honoring Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. This year's event, scheduled for May 7, will focus on sustainability and health and wellness in Asia through booth exhibitions, musical and dance performances and supplier booths with a focus on the Asian Market.

Walmart established and supports Associate Resource Groups to promote diversity and inclusion and create a sense of community among associates sharing similar backgrounds and interests.