Julia Campbell, age 40, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Donsol, Sorsogon and Legaspi City, Albay, who was murdered while hiking in the rice terraces of Banaue in April 2007. There are currently two Julia Campbell scholarships.
The Julia Campbell Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Julia’s family, has recently entered into an agreement with PCAFPD to sponsor a four-year scholarship to sustain Julia’s work in the Philippines. This scholarship will be awarded for the school year beginning in June 2009. Applicants interested in this scholarship may indicate so on their applications.
PCAFPD established a separate scholarship fund in memory of Julia shortly after her death in 2007. The Julia Campbell Scholarship Fund, developed in consultation with her family, honors Julia’s memory while expanding the number of scholars that PCAFPD can assist. The current recipient of this scholarship is Jonalyn Dulagan from Ifugao. Donations to the PCAFPD scholarship fund for Julia Campbell can be made online through this website or by mailing a check to: PCAFPD, Box 100114, Arlington, VA 22210. Please include a note that your donation is intended for the Julia Campbell Scholarship Fund.
More about Julia:
As a Volunteer, Julia worked with a local school in Donsol, a town in Sorsogon province, helped open an ecology center focused on wildlife there and created a campaign called ‘A Book and Buck’ that rounded up donated books in the United States and money to ship them to the islands. Recently, she was working as an English teacher at the Divine Word College in Legazpi City. At the time of her death, Julia was just weeks away from completing her service and was planning to attend graduate school. Julia was a journalist by profession prior to joining the Peace Corps in 2005.
Julia received a posthumous Congressional Medal of Achievement from the Philippine House of Representatives. The medal citation honors Campbell for having “brought light and joy into the lives” of many Filipinos. “She epitomized the ideals of the Peace Corps and of the American people,” the citation reads.
Julia Campbell’s blog, with entries from April 2005 to January 2007, can be found at http://juliainthephilippines.blogspot.com.