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Are there Filipino Scholarships?

If you are a Filipino student and want help to pay for college, there are scholarships to apply for. Filipino scholarships are for the ethnic groups of Asian and/or Pacific Islander.

To apply, you may need to discuss your Filipino heritage in an essay. In fact, some providers ask if you speak a Filipino dialect like Tagalog. Or take part in your community through service activities.

To be eligible for such a scholarship, you usually need to be a U.S. citizen or have a green card. Other criteria that scholarship providers may look at are grades and financial need.

One example is the Helen and L.S. Wong Scholarship from the Asian Pacific Fund. Applicants need to be at least 50% Asian, U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a 2.8 GPA or higher.

Yet other scholarships are for Filipino students who plan to major in a specific subject. Like business, public finance, nursing or even nutrition.

CANFIT scholarships are one example. These are for California minority groups including Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Applicants must plan to study nutrition, physical education or culinary arts in California.

Who Offers Scholarships for Filipino Students?

Scholarships for Filipino students are available from a few sources. Many are from individual colleges and universities. These are often for minority students or immigrant groups in general.

But others are from private donors. Ones who want to encourage Filipino students to earn a college degree.

As an example, take the Philippine International Aid U.S. Scholarship Fund. It is only for Filipino students who come from a low-income family. Preferred applicants are active in the Filipino community.

There are also providers that may offer scholarship opportunities to state residents only. As one example, take the OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates Youth Leadership Award. This $1000 award is for Asian American and Pacific Islander students in Missouri.

Why Consider Filipino Scholarships?

Filipinos have a long history of immigrating to the United States. Today, the U.S. is home to the largest number of Filipinos abroad. At the last census, more than 1.9 million Filipinos lived in the U.S. This amounts to about 4% of the country’s 44 million immigrants.

But as immigrants, Filipinos are distinct. A recent study looked at Filipinos, native U.S. citizens and immigrants in general ages 25 and over. It came up with two key findings as related to education among Filipinos.

One is that Filipinos have much higher education rates compared to both groups. The other is that half of Filipino immigrants reported having at least a bachelor’s degree. This compared to about 32 percent of the U.S. born and 30 percent of all immigrants who reported for the survey.

Top Filipino Scholarships

If you are proud to be at least half Filipino, a scholarship might help you reach your education goals. Check out these top scholarships for Filipino students!

Pinay Aspire Scholarship

Pinay Aspirations is a non-profit organization created to promote the aspirations of Filipino youth in education, the community, personal growth and career development. The Pinay Aspire Scholarship is available for young woman high school student of Filipino descent who resides or attends school in one of the 9 San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  June 12

Tony V. Grey Legacy Scholarship

The Tony V. Grey Legacy Scholarship is an annual award. It was created by his family and loved ones in partnership with the Filipino American Council of Ventura County to memorialize the life, honor the memory, and commemorate the legacy of Tony V. Grey (July 28, 1937 - October 13, 2016). A dedicated family man, Navy officer, community leader of Ventura County and proud Filipino American.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 31

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Incoming sophomore, juniors, or seniors attending a California college or university who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible for this award. Students must be of 50% or more Asian heritage and major in accounting, political science, public policy, business administration or related fields.

Total: $5000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 01

Library Scholarship For Minority Students In Memory Of Edna Yelland

This award is available to minority students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program related to library science. Applicants must be residents of California and/or intend to work in California upon graduation.

Total: $2500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  April 08

AANAPISI Scholarship

The Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program is available for Filipino students attending APIA Scholars AANAPISI partner campuses.

Total: $5000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  November 06

APIA Scholarship

APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status; are the first in their families to attend college; are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and have placed a strong emphasis on community service and le...

Total: $20000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  January 22

Filipino Nurses' Organization of Hawai'i Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Hawaii undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in nursing and are of Filipino ancestry. Students must have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 31

Ascend Educational Fund Scholarships

Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities. Regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s educational institution in equal installments over a two or four year period, depending on the type of institution.

Total: $2500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  February 01

Banatao Filipino American Education Fund Scholarship

This award is available for Filipino high school seniors who are a resident of California. Applicants must major in math, engineering, computer science, or the physical or biological sciences (excluding healthcare).

Total: $5000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  March 02

Hsiao Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship

The mission of the Asian Pacific Fund is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area by increasing philanthropy and supporting the organizations that serve their most vulnerable community members. To further this aim, the Asian Pacific Fund administers 10 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals. Set up in honor of Liang-Lin Hsiao who was a professor of economics at Indiana State University, the $1,000 scholarship i...

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  May 11