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The most common student-specific scholarships and grants are those available to minorities. Many organizations and colleges have funding available to make campuses more diverse or reward funding to groups they feel have been traditionally underserved in higher education. As the number of Asian and Pacific Islander students increases on U.S. college campuses, many organizations have also seen an increased need for scholarships and are more generous than ever in the scholarships they award. Scholarships are offered on the basis of origin, religion, by vocation, gender, or by resident state. Additionally, many scholarship awards will be merit-based, meaning your academic achievements such as GPA and standardized test scores will matter, and some will have major restrictions, as many groups work specifically to bring more minority students to certain fields of study.

It is misleading to group all Asians and Pacific Islanders together since they not only differ regionally but culturally. Pacific Islanders are typically from Hawaii, Guam, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Phillippines, and several other Pacific Islands. Some scholarships may be reserved solely for Asians or specifically for Pacific Islanders - and some will accept both, so make sure to check the eligibility requirements when applying. Organizations such as the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation offer many scholarships specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander students. A prestigious and large dollar scholarship for Asian/Pacific Islanders and other minority students is the Gates Millenium Scholarship Program. Check out these and many other great opportunities to fund your college education.

Make sure to also contact your college about school-based awards that may be available to you for attending that particular college. Many colleges and universities have minority scholarship funds set up by alumni who would like to help future minority students pay for college. And if you're applying for many of the merit-based awards, don't rule out other merit-based scholarships, as you're probably eligible for many more if you have a stellar academic record.

Below are examples of Asian and Pacific Islander scholarships and grants you may be interested in pursuing. To find out if you're eligible or for additional information about scholarships based on ethnicity or other criteria, conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses. Offered annually, the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship is designated for minority students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program. Recipients [...] More

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/7/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian-American community. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada and must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander and must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program. Must be enrolled in an accredited program and must [...] More

APIASF General Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/22/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need. Applicants must register for a free account on the scholarship provider's website to complete the application. Applicants must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined [...] More

APSA Minority Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. Eligible applicants must: be a racial minority; be a US citizen, US national, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred [...] More

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $18,000
  • Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in/completed one full academic year in a sociology program and are pursuing a doctorate. Candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S., have [...] More

Augustana University Diversity Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Augustana University Diversity Scholarships are for full-time students who are members of a minority ethnic group and bring diversity to campus. Ethnicity and financial need are two of the factors considered. Verify your eligibility with the Office of Admission or Financial Aid. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund will award five scholarships of $5,000 to qualified incoming freshmen enrolled at four-year colleges or universities. Each scholarship is renewable for a total of four years on the basis of satisfactory academic performance in a full-time undergraduate program. Awards are for undergraduate study only. Applicants must be incoming freshman [...] More

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/22/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in our law schools. Applicants must be attending eligible law schools in the Bay Area, and must demonstrate financial need. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • CCAPW scholarships provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women pursuing higher education who are from Fresno County in California. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following: first generation student, academic achievement, leadership, contribution to API community, and ethnic diversity. Applicants must be an entering/continuing undergraduate, [...] More

Chips Quinn Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students hands-on training and mentoring by caring news veterans. The program's aim is to provide training and support that will open doors to news and information careers and bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the U.S. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with majors in journalism or career [...] More

CWGCS Fellowship on Women & Public Policy

  • Application Deadline: 8/15/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The CWGCS Fellowship on Women & Public Policy is open to graduate students in any NYS college or university who are pursuing careers in public policy. Participants receive a $10,000 stipend to cover living expenses and receive nine graduate credits from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY. Fellows must have a minimum of three years of prior work [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College Elm STEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. In order to apply, you must be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College; be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical [...] More

Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 9/30/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent Scholarship is awarded to a South Asian student enrolled full-time in his/her second, third, or fourth year at a Pennsylvania medical school. Applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Applicant must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or environmental disciplines that support these sciences. You must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time, second-year student in a four-year [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] More

Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship is offered to first generation Asian Americans who have a demonstrated interest in business (business major not required). Eligible applicants must be an incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Must also be a resident of Alameda, Contra [...] More

FTE Fellowships for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • FTE offers financial support for doctoral students who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or Th.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies at an American or Canadian institution. Eligible applicants must: be Hispanic, Asian, or of indigenous descent enrolled or admitted full time; must be finished with coursework by the beginning of the fellowship year; and, [...] More

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. To apply for the George A. [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is open to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university majoring in fine arts, including all visual and performing arts. Applicants must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more [...] More

GRCF Hackett Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Hackett Family Scholarship, students must be seniors at, or have graduated from any Grand Rapids public high school in Grand Rapids Michigan and will be an undergraduate student attending an accredited college/university or skilled trade school of their choice. Preference is given to women of color. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

GRCF Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers and awards the following Law Scholarships to students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander or Alaskan Native). The Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing [...] More

GRCF Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. The applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/11/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship was established in honor of Liang-Lin Hsiao who was a professor of economics at Indiana State University. Applicants must be a graduate student attending an accredited U.S. college or university in the coming fall who is pursuing a graduate degree in the social sciences and economics. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in economics and also [...] More

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in advertising or public relations. Candidates must be able to fulfill a paid internship during the summer prior to the academic year the scholarship is awarded. Eligible applicants must: be U.S. citizens or permanent residents [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation - Western Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • To qualify for the Korean American Scholarship - Western Regional Chapter, students must be of Korean heritage studying in the United States, regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). Full-time enrollment at a school in one of the designated Southwestern region states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) is required. A [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Eastern Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) offers the Eastern Regional Chapter Scholarship to students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). Students who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Eastern region states (Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Midwestern Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Midwestern Regional Chapter is for students of Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals), who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Midwestern region states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). A [...] More

Korean University Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/18/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applicants of the Korean University Club Scholarship must be residents of the State of Hawai’i who can demonstrate financial need, attend an accredited, two-year or four-year, not-for-profit institution within the US (including US territories). Must attend as a full time student (as determined by your school’s financial aid office) with a minimum 2.7 GPA and must be of Korean ancestry. For more [...] More

Leon Bradley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The Leon Bradley Scholarship Program was established to encourage more minorities or persons of color to enter the field of teaching and school leadership. The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) believes that it is beneficial for all students to experience diversity among the educators who serve as role models for our students. Thus, AASPA will annually award two [...] More

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be a United Methodist ethnic [...] More

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance scholarship honors the memory of former California state treasurer, Matt Fong, for his dedication to public service, active involvement in state politics, and direct impact he had in opening up opportunities for Asian Americans in the public finance industry. Applicants must be an incoming sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year [...] More

Microsoft Tuition Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Microsoft awards tuition scholarships each year to encourage students to further their learnings in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Microsoft strongly encourages underrepresented groups to apply to this scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United [...] More

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Minority teacher education scholars program is a collaborative performance-based scholarship program for African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American students. The participants in the program include Florida’s Florida College System institutions and its public and private universities that have teacher education programs.
    Applicants must be a resident of the State of [...] More

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • To be eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen or meet the "undocumented student" criteria of the RISE act, be a resident of Illinois, be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, be a high school graduate or hold a GED, be enrolled or [...] More

NAAAP Philadelphia Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The National Association of Asian American Professionals Philadelphia's Chapter scholarship program that benefits graduating high school seniors and current college students who are Asian/Asian American. Several high school and college students will be selected within their respective pools to receive scholarship money, to be used toward tuition, books, and/or living expenses. Applicants must be [...] More

National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism. The scholarship consists of a $2,000 one-year scholarship, which can be renewed for up to three years at $2,500 per year, and a first-year stipend of $500 for book purchases. Applicants must be high school seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better who are preparing to [...] More

Page Education Foundation Grants

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Page Grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. Students at all levels of academic achievement can qualify for a grant. The selection process highlights an applicant's attitude toward education, willingness to provide service to children, and financial need. You must be enrolled [...] More

Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • At the core of our mission is the vision of our patron, Prince Kuhio, for the upward mobility of the Hawaiian people through education. With this in mind, we make a commitment to fund scholarship recipients for their two or four years of higher education. Applications are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry and members or member [...] More

RTDNF Carole Simpson Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/17/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Carole Simpson Scholarship was established to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism. Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded and be pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores or above in good standing [...] More

SEED Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The SEED Foundation's SEED Scholar Program is proud to support Indian youth with scholarships for higher education. Applicants must be of Asian-Indian heritage with at least one parent of Indian ancestry; a graduating U.S. high school senior; have a minimum G.P.A of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a U.S. university in the fall of the year the scholarship is [...] More

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at a four-year college/university in the upcoming academic year are eligible to apply for the Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship. Applicants must be a student or parent currently/formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant and demonstrate community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, [...] More

SME Education Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The SME Education Foundation annually awards millions of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing two-year, four-year or advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering. Applicants for any scholarship must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States, have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be on the path towards an associates, [...] More

Smithsonian Institution James E. Webb Internship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Smithsonian Institution James E. Webb Internship is offered to racial minority students who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and public administration. Eligible applicants must be legal us residents, and have a 3.0 GPA. Deadlines are February 1 for summer and fall, and October 1 for spring. For more details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. This award is for students who are pursing a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee college or university. Applicant must be a minority Tennessee resident and U.S. citizen, a high school senior who has a minimum 2.75 GPA and scored at least an 18 on the [...] More

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/24/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The mission of the Herbert Lehman Fund is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality for all people by supporting talented undergraduate students who need financial help to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor's degree. Applicants must be African-American, graduating high school seniors; first-year students in an accredited [...] More

The Korean Ancestry Grant

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Korean Ancestry Grants is awarded to students of Asian ancestry with at least one Asian grandparent. There is a strong preference for applicants of Korean ancestry. The grant is for undergraduate study at a well-accredited college or university in the United States. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to NYC where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops and a scholarship and donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group and be a full-time student at a four-year accredited [...] More

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are for up to two years graduate study in the professions and academic disciplines at any institution of higher learning in the United States. The prestigious Fellowships are funded by a trust established by Paul and Daisy Soros. In order to apply, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline; must be a [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM Racial-Ethnic Specific Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies. GBHEM offers Racial-Ethnic scholarships to minority racial or ethnic members of the United Methodist Church. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Upakar Indian-American Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Upakar was founded to support the educational and career aspirations of the Indian-American community. In addition to the financial award, Upakar provides a mentoring program for our scholarship recipients. Upakar has been awarding scholarships for over 20 years and is the longest running Indian American scholarship organization.

    To be eligible for an Upakar scholarship, you must:
    - Have [...] More

Vinson & Elkins Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • In addition to receiving a $10,000 Vinson & Elkins Scholarship, each V&E Scholar is offered summer internships. To be eligible to become a Vinson & Elkins Scholar, students must attend and be in good standing at a high school accredited by the Texas Education Agency. The high school must also be located in the greater Austin, Dallas or Houston area. Only high school seniors may apply. You must be [...] More

William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship is a scholarship for minority students (defined as black and Hispanic
    individuals) planning to teach in an accredited school in Indiana upon graduation. Students must agree in writing
    to apply for a teaching position in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years. To renew the Scholarship for subsequent academic years, [...] More

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