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APNET EVENTS & PROGRAMS
APNET SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
APNET believes that students in high school and college are future APNET leaders and it is our goal to support their development. We offer scholarship opportunities to students to support their scholarly pursuits.
Each year APNET celebrates the contributions and achievements of our members and community at large who exemplify APNET's mission of Networking, Business & Professional Development, and/or Community Engagement. Award recipients are recognized during our annual APNET symposium.
APNET has members from most African countries. Besides English, our members speak many other languages such as French, Swahili, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, Yoruba, Oromo, Hausa, Igbo, Zulu, Shona, Twi, and many others. African immigrants contribute robustly to the diversity and skillsets found within the US workforce. Although APNET’s target audience is Africans in the diaspora between ages 18 and 65, we provide services, events, and programs to many other demographics in the United States. APNET draws from its members’ professional skills and its network of community partners to create mentoring relationships with students at grade levels spanning from elementary school to college. APNET has become a connections hub for the African communities within our region. On average, APNET serves over thousands individuals yearly through business, professional development, community engagement, and networking events. APNET is affiliated with several educational institutions, local businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Each APNET Chapter organizes at least 10+ programs and events yearly with significant economic impact estimated between $80,000 and $100,000 yearly. For Instance, In Ohio, where APNET started, APNET’s direct and indirect economic impact to Ohio’s economy over the past ten years is estimated at between $700,000 and $1,000,000,000.
In Ohio, APNET has been recognized at the state level by former Governor John Kasich and the current Governor Mike DeWine by selecting APNET founding President, Dr. Prince Ellis, as commissioner on the New African Immigrants Commission (NAIC). The NAIC was established to advocate for the development and implementation of policies and programs addressing the needs of the state’s sub-Saharan African diaspora. APNET members are actively involved in the NAIC’s Workforce and Business Development Committee. APNET was also recognized by Cincinnati Major, John Cranley.