In 1983, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff created the Foundation as a way for former Volunteers and staff to stay connected to the Philippines and to each other in a worthy cause. PCAFPD chose human development as the focus of the organization because of a conviction that motivated, knowledgeable, and skilled individuals are the key to community change and national development.
Through a scholarship program, the Foundation provides educational opportunities for bright, Filipinos who indicate a willingness to contribute to the development of their country, but lack the financial resources to pursue a university degree.
PCAFPD is incorporated as a non-profit organization according to the laws of the District of Columbia and under Sec. 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
PCAFPD is the official Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) group for the Philippines and is an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).
Scholarship applications are collected annually. Any high school, college or post-graduate student in the Philippines is eligible to apply for an undergraduate or graduate scholarship, regardless of discipline or choice of school. (Check out the application page on this website to view or print the application.) Applicants are scored based on financial need, academic record, extra-curricular, and community service credentials.
Selected applicants receive a full scholarship covering tuition, fees, books, and education related expenses for their undergraduate or graduate studies. They also receive a partial living allowance,. Scholars must maintain passing grades and comply with all requirements stipulated in the scholarship, including submission of grades and essays about their college experience each semester.
In recent years, the Foundation has awarded between six and twelve new scholarships each year, and supports between fifty and seventy-five scholars in a given year. To date, PCAFPD has supported more than 240 scholars as they complete university degrees; including several that have earned graduate degrees.
The average cost of supporting a scholar for one year is $1,200. Find out how you or your organization can provide a special scholarship to support a scholar in recognition of a $1,500 contribution.
Management of the Foundation
The Foundation is administered by an elected Board of Directors, who serve as volunteers and reside in various parts of the United States and the Philippines. The Board meets regularly in Washington, D.C. (and visitors are always welcome to join meetings). The Ituloy team — a team of previous scholars — and our Vice President in Manila monitor all scholarships, deal with school administrations, and provide guidance and support to the scholars.
The Foundation raises funds through direct contributions from former Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, Filipinos, and friends of the Philippines. A number of Filipino-American individuals or associations choose the Foundation as a way to support students in their home country. PCAFPD does not maintain formal offices in Washington or the Philippines, and care is taken to keep overhead costs low so that donated funds are almost completely devoted to scholarships.
Contributions to PCAFPD are tax deductible and can be made online through Network for Good or by checks sent to P.O Box 100114, Arlington VA 22210.