On February 3, 2011, “Ten Most Outstanding Filipino-American Senior Students of Greater Los Angeles” (TOFASS-GLA) was launched by the Alpha Phi Omega International Service Fraternity in Los Angeles. It will honor college-bound students for their outstanding high school achievements and provide them with a supplemental scholarship grant that will help them to transition to college.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO) International Fraternity is an international Service Fraternity of college students gathered together in an organization based on fraternalism founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts. Its purpose is to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity.

The launching was hosted by Melody Ang-Gayon and the special guests was Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon. APOGLA President Francis Mejia opened with the welcome address while the TOFASS-GLA Presentation was done by Dan Nino, Media Affairs Committee & Scholarship Screening Committee Chairman.

APOGLA Chairman of the Board Tony Amon introduced the Committee Chairperson while Manny Ilagan, Logistics Committee Co-Chairman did the closing remarks.

APOGLA is commemorating its 30th anniversary this year as a 501 ( C ) 3 non-profit corporation. Nominations will be sent out to high school principals and counselors beginning on February 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

The criteria for selection will be 85% academics, 5% extra-curricular activities, 5% family financial status, 3% essay, and 2% school size. For interesed partners and patrons wanting to join in the project, please contact Ferdie Yambot at (909) 904-4372 and by email at ferdieMy@aol.com and / or Tony Amon at (818) 970-4214, email at tamon4769@yahoo.com.

The deadline for submision for nomination will be on April 29, 2011. The Scholarship Grant will be presented to the recipients at an award banquet on July 2, 2011 to coincide with the Filipino-American Friendship Day.