Earl Pascua Filipino-American Heritage Scholarship

$500
1 winner$500
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 30, 2024
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2024
Education Level
Graduate
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Eligibility Requirements
Major:
STEM or History
Education Level:
Graduate
Race/Ethnicity:
Filipino-American
Major:
Education Level:
Race/Ethnicity:
STEM or History
Graduate
Filipino-American

Ramon Magsaysay, born 1907 in the Philippine Islands, is best known for serving as the 7th President of the Philippines from 1953-1957.

Earlier, however, he started as an automobile mechanic, a Captain in the US Army Forces in the Far East / Philippine Commonwealth Army during WWII, a Philippine Congressman, and the Secretary of National Defense. Known as a leader of great humility and dignity for all people, he employed creative solutions that garnered American support, gained trust with his countrymen, and brought an end to the Hukbalahap Rebellion (1942-1954). 

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, an average of only 10% of Filipino-Americans complete a postgraduate degree compared to 24% of general Asian descent and 13% of all U.S. citizens. The Earl Pascua Filipino-American Heritage Scholarship will help encourage and support Filipino-Americans to continue pursuing citizenship and excellence through a postgraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or History program. 

Filipino-American graduate students are eligible to apply if they are pursuing a STEM or History degree and plan to pay it forward to other Filipino-American brothers or sisters in the future.

To apply, answer the prompt below.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Bold.org Profile
Published December 14, 2023
$500
1 winner$500
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 30, 2024
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2024
Education Level
Graduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

On August 21, 1937, the President of the Republic of the Philippines signed Proclamation No. 173 stating that, “I do hereby enjoin all branches, subdivisions, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Commonwealth Government and every inhabitant of the Philippines to cooperate in extending whatever aid may be necessary for the safety and care of these refugees and in the enforcement of the provisions of this proclamation.”


Signed, Manuel L. Quezon (President of the Republic of the Philippines)


As a result, the Filipino people welcomed over 1200 Jewish refugees to the Philippines to escape the devastation of World War II. 

Describe a moment where there was a problem bigger than you, but you still decided to take action because you thought it was consequentially right, regardless of the cost?

From that experience, what main message would you share with the next generation?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Timothy Retirado
Touro University WorldwideBrooklyn, NY
As a cultural icon of the Filipino community, then-President Ramon Magsaysay was substantial in the restoration of the Philippines following the aftermath of World War II. Despite his short tenure, his policies in regards to agriculture, the economy, law, peace, and stability became the tenets of future policies in the nation - and led to the many advancements in the country existent today. Despite their institution over 60 years ago, much of Magsaysay's legislative actions remain relevant today in regards to the nation's advancement and sustainability, and it is these actions that can be further employed to ensure the bro