Overview

The PCAFPD scholarship 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 Filipino-Americans 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.

Eligibility

Who can apply for this scholarship?

  • Be a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Currently studying in Grade 12, college, or at least have graduated from Senior High School in the Philippines. We do not support study abroad.
  • Have a record of strong academic performance and performed volunteer community service work.
  • Demonstrate financial need. Priority is given to applicants from low-income households, generally those below the poverty line for a family of four.
  • Be committed to serving your community and country, following your graduation from college. This scholarship is not intended for people planning to work overseas.
  • Applicants proposing fields of study with high potential to contribute to Philippine development will be given priority in the selection process.
  • Generally, you may not accept any other scholarships in conjunction with a PCAFPD scholarship without prior approval of the PCAFPD Board of Directors. If you have a current college scholarship, you need to state it in your application. Failure to inform PCAFPD of a concurrent scholarship award will result in immediate termination of the PCAFPD scholarship.

Scholarship Benefits

Successful applicants would receive the following benefits:

  • Full Tuition & Other School Fees
  • Allowance for Books & Educational Supplies
  • Living Allowance per Semester
  • Reimbursement for other education-related activities (for prior approval)
  • A laptop computer provided by the Foundation

Scholarship Obligations

To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • Maintain a full load of courses and earn passing grades.
  • Submit a transcript of grades at the end of each semester.
  • Submit an essay at the end of each semester describing and reflecting on your experiences during the semester.
  • Not accept any other scholarships in combination with this one without prior approval of PCAFPD.
  • Request prior approval for changing from one course of study to another or to another school if you would like your scholarship to transfer with you (this must be done no later than the first semester of the second year of the course).
  • Participate in PCAFPD networks of scholars and selected activities (e.g. mentoring program, scholar meetings, alumni association, etc.)

Required Documents

  1. Completed Application Form: Make sure that you have filled all fields.
  2. Grades:
    • For Grade 12 students: Submit your Grade 11 report card.
    • For SHS Graduates (not enrolled in college and 1st or 2nd year college students):
    • Submit your Senior High School transcript of records or Grade 12 report cards.
    • For 2nd year college students and up: Submit your latest copy of your college grades
  3. Essays:
    • All applicants are required to submit essays with personal statements on different topics. Your Personal Statements are the best means the Board has of getting to know you. The quality of your essays account for the majority of points in the rating system that determines awards.

      Format:
    • Type your essay in a letter (8.5” x 11”) format. Use Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12, double-spaced. Your essay should fill the whole page.
    • Each page should have the following header:
      • Last Name, First Name
      • Personal Statement: Topic #

        Topics: Topic 1-3 is required for all applicants. For Grade 12 students and SHS graduates currently not enrolled in college, you only need to submit Topic 1-3. Topic 4 is for applicants with other scholarships while topic 5 is for college students.
        • Topic 1: Describe any personal hardships or barriers you have had to overcome OR share an event in your life that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
        • Topic 2: Tell us what you want to study in college and why. Let us know how you believe that your education will prepare you to contribute to your country’s development.
        • Topic 3: Describe your extra-curricular activities and volunteer services in the community, including any leadership positions held and what you learned from these activities.
        • Topic 4: For those who already have a different scholarship, please explain why you need the PCAFPD scholarship.
        • Topic 5: For those currently in college include a statement explaining how you supported your college education up until now and why you need additional support at this time.
  4. Income Certification: Submit the latest ITR of your parents/guardians or yours, if you’re already working. If you or your parents/guardians do not have an ITR, you may submit a Certificate of Indigence from your Barangay or an Affidavit of Non-filing of Income Tax Return.
  5. Recommendation Letters
    • For Grade 12 students, SHS graduates currently not enrolled in college, and college students who have complete less than two years of college, you need to submit two (2) recommendation letters, as follows:
      • One letter from your high school principal, registrar or other senior administrative official describing your extra-curricular activities, leadership potential, and overall suitability for the scholarship.
      • One letter from your Barangay captain, a religious leader, a teacher, a Peace Corps Volunteer, or a civic leader (not related to you) describing your leadership potential and your experience in and commitment to community service.
    • For college students who have completed at least two years of college at the time of applying, you need to submit two (2) recommendation letters, as follows:
      • One letter from a college professor, registrar or other senior administrative official describing your extra-curricular activities, leadership potential, and overall suitability for the scholarship.
      • One letter from your Barangay captain, a religious leader, another professor, a Peace Corps Volunteer, or a civic leader (not related to you) describing your leadership potential and your experience in and commitment to community service.

The final list of accepted applicants would be announced on our official website in March. To learn more, please check out our FAQ page.

Submit applications using the form below. Upload files before filling out the rest of the application fields to ensure they meet file size and format requirements. If you cannot succeed in submitting using the form below, you may submit your application via mail be sending all application materials AND this completed form to:

Mr. Roland de Jesus
Benguet Corporation
Universal Re Building
106 Paseo de Roxas
Makati

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Personal Details

Name
Address

Education Details

Educational Attainment
Is this school public or private?
For Grade 12 students and SHS Graduates, have you already passed this school’s entrance examination?
Note: For Grade students and SHS graduates, it is your responsibility to pass the school’s entrance exam and be admitted to the course you stated in this application form.
Selected Value: 4
Will you be required to attend summer school to complete the course of study?

Family Information

Father's Name
Annual Income in Philippine Pesos
Mother's Name
Annual Income in Philippine Pesos
Family Income: Do you currently contribute to the family income?

Finance

Estimated Cost in Philippine Pesos
Other Scholarships: Do you have a scholarship other than the PCAFPD scholarship? If Yes, be sure to respond to Essay Topic #4

Miscellaneous

What is your preferred method of contact?

Certification

I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines that the information on this application is true and correct and represents the true financial status of my family.