The Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development Scholarship (PCAFPD) program is designed to provide opportunities for Filipinos to further their education and contribute to the development of the Philippines. The program is funded primarily by former Peace Corps Volunteers and Filipinos who support the program as a way to further Philippine development.
The Foundation is looking for applicants who have the potential to be leaders in their communities and demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for all Filipinos. Your application should demonstrate this capacity and commitment.
Through a competitive scholarship program, the foundation provides educational opportunities for bright, young Filipinos who indicate a willingness to contribute to the development of their country, but lack the financial resources to pursue a university degree.
The scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic excellence, and commitment to serve the community or country. Applicants who proposed to study at public universities and colleges or inexpensive private institutions are preferred.
The foundation has supported the undergraduate education of over 200 Filipinos in fields ranging from engineering and architecture to midwifery and community development. The graduates have gone on to successful careers in both the public and private sectors.
Any Filipino student who has completed high school (or will graduate in the current school year) may apply for a scholarship.
Maintain C or better grades
Submit grade reports in a timely manner after each semester
Submit an essay at the end of each semester
Maintain regular contact with the Foundation’s VP for Philippine Operations via letter or email
Allow photos and written materials to be used for Foundation business
Notify the Foundation immediately of any failing grade
Get approval from the Foundation before changing majors or schools
Notify the Foundation immediately of any change in financial status or enrollment status
Notify the Foundation immediately if offered a scholarship from another organization
Join and remain a member in good standing of the PCAFPD Scholars and Alumni Association (PSAA)
The foundation understands that college entrance exams are given at different times, many after our September 30 application deadline. You are not required to pass the entrance exams before you apply for a scholarship.
However, you should register for the exams and take them as soon as possible. Application to the college of your choice is your responsibility.
Further reading, http://www.rpcvphilippines.org/applications/
Cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees
Cost of books and educational supplies
Living expenses, such as transportation, room and board
Please be advised that the cost of living expenses may not be enough to cover all living expenses. Continuance of the scholarship is dependent on academic progress and compliance with the program requirements.
The scholarships are granted to the completion of a degree or certificate program, as long as the student maintains the required grades and other standards.
Preferred fields of study
Scholarships may be granted for study in a wide variety of academic and technical fields and may be specifically tailored to individual needs. Applicants may propose to study any field which results in a 4 year bachelor’s degree or a two-year certificate or technical degree (such as information technology or midwifery).
Applicants proposing fields of study with high potential to contribute to Philippine development may be given priority in the selection process. PCAFPD does not accept applications for graduate school (except from PCAFPD alumni).
Priority fields include agriculture and related fields, fisheries, environmental sciences, information technology, engineering, social work, community development, primary and secondary education, and special education.
This scholarship program is not intended for students who wish to seek work overseas after graduation. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic excellence, and commitment to serving your community or country.
Preference will be given to applicants who propose to study at public universities and colleges or inexpensive private institutions. The Foundation provides scholarships for Filipino students who need financial assistance to realize their dreams of attending college in the Philippines.
The PCAFPD is an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association and is recognized as the official returned volunteer group of the Philippines. This foundation is registered as a non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible.
Applicants may propose to study at any university or college in the Philippines, including technical schools and institutions that grant two-year degrees. However, priority will be given to students who propose to study at a public (state-supported) institution or an inexpensive private school.
This allows the Foundation to provide scholarships to a greater number of deserving Filipinos. When choosing a college you should also consider the following:
If they offer the field of study that you are most interested in
Your chances of being admitted to the school (college applications and entrance exams are your responsibility)
Living expenses at the college
Your support network at the college (being far from home in the first year can be very stressful)
If you are awarded a PCAFPD scholarship, you must notify the Foundation immediately if you receive a scholarship from another organization.
The Board may approve holding dual scholarships, but may choose to reduce the amount of the Foundation scholarship.
Failure to notify the Foundation of the receipt of another scholarship may result in termination of the Foundation scholarship.
Deadline for scholarship acceptance is April 1. Final due date for all application material is every September 30 of the year. The scholarship awards are posted every March 1 of each year.
Download your Philippine Scholarship application here, http://www.rpcvphilippines.org/applications/frequently-asked-questions/
Submit your application to
Mr. Roland de Jesus
Universal Re Building
106 Paseo de Roxas
Makati 1226, Philippines
Please note that Mr. Roland de Jesus is the contact point for all communication with the Foundation in the Philippines. Applications should be mailed to him.
PO Box 100114
Arlington, VA 22210