A Reminder of How We Got Started
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.
Activities to Date
- Awarded over 375 full ride scholarships for underprivileged Filipinos to attend university. View our hundreds of graduates, our current scholars, and our new 2023 awardees.
- Supported our scholars through times of national or global emergencies.
- Aided 4 Philippine Non-Governmental Organizations that share our mission for advancing human development in the Philippines.
- Hosted dozens of events to convene 50 years of U.S. Peace Corps Philippines Volunteers. Read about our past events and other activities in our newsletters.
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.)
Selected applicants receive a full scholarship covering tuition, fees, books, a laptop, 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.
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.
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 using the form below or by check sent to P.O Box 100114, Arlington VA 22210.
Thank you for helping change the lives of these students. Read stories of their success and hear it from them in the video below.