To support the aspirations of Asian Pacific women with educational scholarships, PAAWBAC established its Education Fund in 1983 to assist Asian Pacific women entering non-traditional fields of study or re-entering academic, vocational, or other skills-development training programs. As part of a proactive move toward the new millennium, the Education Fund was reformulated as the Catalyst Fund.
The thrust of the Catalyst Fund is to initiate or sustain positive individual or community changes over time by providing educational support through community programs and individual scholarships. Target groups are young girls and women (ages 11-21), “at-risk” teens, refugee/immigrant women and women in transition.
Priority areas are leadership development, self-esteem, understanding self-image, and self-sufficiency. Past Catalyst Fund recipients include the Donaldina Cameron House, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, and the Lao Iu Mien Culture Association.