The Pacific American Education and Scholastic Foundation (PAESF) is the collaborative effort of Pacific Americans, residing in the County of San Diego, California, for the express purpose of assessing the educational environment and scholastic climate of Pacific American students in the San Diego community. In addition to indigenous natives from Hawaii and Samoa, the Board of Directors now include other Pacific Americans from Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand(Maori), Fiji and Guam (Chamorro). This makeup of the Board has provided the Foundation a unique insight and broader understanding of the educational problems and scholastic needs, as well as cultural traditions, of the Pacific American student and their families.
The outcome of this collaboration confirmed that Pacific American students encountered similar educational problems and scholastic needs like many other ethnic groups in America, except for one distinction. Although Pacific American students make up approximately 1% of the total student population in San Diego County, their problems and needs are consistently obscured from educators and administrators. In many instances, these students are often categorized with much larger ethnic groups like Asians, who historically have been more successful in resolving educational and scholastic needs without sacrificing cultural values and family traditions. So while the problems and needs are similar, the impact on Pacific Americans appear to be much greater because of our smaller numbers and society's need to "classify" ethnic groups.
The primary purposes of the Pacific American Education and Scholastic Foundation are:
a. To make financial resources available to U.S. citizens or legal residents with a focus on indigenous Pacific Islanders pursuing undergraduate and certificate programs offered at institutions of higher learning and technical training.
b. To provide educational resources to parents, families and guardians of indigenous Pacific Islanders in preparation for the application, selection, entrance and pursuit of undergraduate and certificate programs offered at institutions of higher learning and technical training.
c. To receive financial contributions and to manage the endowment funds created to achieve and perpetuate the primary purposes of the Pacific American Education and Scholastic Foundation.
Entity and Tax Status
The Pacific American Education and Scholastic Foundation is incorporated in the State of California as a public benefit non-profit organization for educational and charitable purposes as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 214 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.