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 competitive scholarship program, the Foundation provides educational opportunities for bright, young Filipinos who indicate a willingness to contribute to the development of their country, but lack the financial resources to pursue a university degree.
PCAFPD is incorporated as a non-profit organization according to the laws of the District of Columbia and under Sec. 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
PCAFPD is the official Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) group for the Philippines and is an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).
The call for scholarship applications is held annually and students throughout the Philippines are eligible to apply, regardless of discipline or choice of school. (Check out the application page on this website to view or print the application.) Interested students learn about the program through graduates, teachers and guidance counselors, current Peace Corps Volunteers, and the Internet.
Applicants must have excellent academic, extra-curricular, and community service credentials. They submit information about their background, educational goals, economic circumstances, and community service experience, as well as transcripts of grades and recommendations from schools and community leaders.
Successful applicants receive a full four-year scholarship covering tuition, fees, books, and education related expenses. They also receive a modest living allowance, with an expectation that their families or part-time work will cover most living expenses. Scholars must maintain passing grades and comply with all requirements stipulated in the scholarship, including submission of grades and essays about their learning experience each semester. Almost all awards are made to scholars in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and with family incomes below the poverty line.
The number of scholarships awarded in any one year is determined by the funds available, the quality of the applications, and the number of continuing scholars. In recent years, the Foundation has awarded between six and twelve new scholarships each year, and supports between thirty and forty-five scholars in a given year. To date, PCAFPD has supported more than 200 scholars as they complete university degrees; several have earned graduate degrees.
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.
Management of the Foundation
The Foundation is administered by an elected Board of Directors, who serve without compensation. The Board meets regularly in Washington, D.C. (and visitors are always welcome to join meetings). Advances in technology have enabled us to operate the Foundation with board members located in other parts of the U.S. and in the Philippines. Our Vice President in Manila monitors all scholarships, deals with school administrations, and provides guidance and support to the scholars.
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 online through Network for Good or by checks sent to P.O Box 100114, Arlington VA 22210.