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. Learn more about us here.


The PCAFPD scholarship program provides opportunities for Filipinos to further their education and contribute to the development of the Philippines. Former Peace Corps Volunteers are the primary funders of the program as a way to supportPhilippine development.

The Foundation seeks 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.

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


Who can apply for this scholarship?

  • Citizens of the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Current Grade 12 Senior High school students, high school graduates not currently enrolled and college students in need of several years of funding. For Grade 12 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 by May 31st of the year you plan to enroll.
  • Have a record of strong academic performance, leadership, and community service experiences.
  • Demonstrate financial need.  Priority is given to applicants from low-income households, generally those below the poverty line.
  • 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.
    • The following courses we do not currently support: No medical related courses such as nursing, medical technology, graduate study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and in addition, law.

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.)

Our application deadline is OCTOBER 31 for the first semester of next school year. If you meet the eligibility criteria and plan to meet the scholarship obligations, click the button to apply now.