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In 2015, the FAS Board approved a proposal to sponsor a deserving high school graduate to pursue a college degree in a college or university in the Philippines.  This is in pursuant to FAS purpose to provide financial assistance to a qualified student who comes from a poor family and could not otherwise afford the cost of the child’s higher education.  FAS conducted a fundraising golf tournament in partnership with the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) and Carolinas International Golf Association (CIGA) to raise the cost of scholarship for the first of the four years of sponsorship.  FAS partnered with the Peace Corps Alumni Foundation For Philippine Development (PCAFPD) for the selection and monitoring of the scholarship program.  FAS has committed to support the scholarship for four years with a donation of $1,500 per year.  From time to time, the scholar will provide FAS with an update of his studies.

Below is the student selected for our sponsorship.


Renz Marion Medice

Filipino-American Spirit, Inc. Supported Scholar with Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development

Rene Medice is studying to be a Civil Engineer, a skill that relies on his love and proficiency in Mathematic and his desire to contribute to the development of the Philippines.

He learned about the scholarship program of PCAFPD through the internet and was selected by the board out of many applicants whose essays and other papers are sent to the Washington DC office.

What is outstanding with Medice are his high grades in high school that qualified him as class valedictorian of 700 students, consistent class attendance and strong recommendations from his teachers who attested to his leadership, voluntarism for various causes. He helped cleanup the Pasig River at 9 years old, earned school money by selling snack food.

Laura Macalinao, the Principal of Jose Abad Santos High School said of Medice “ he had been involved with Rotary Club Alay Lakad and seminars,  Typhoon Haiyan Fund Raising, YMCA Youth Congress. High School Mathematics Club, Secretary of the Interact Club of Rotary at Chinatown, President of Debaters Society. VP of of the Manila Federation of Mathematics Club and Student Librarian during the Boys and Girls Week” among other school activities.

Medice has two sisters also in college and one brother in the 3rd grade and mother who takes care of the household. Their father works as a truck driver and was previously in the military. They have an address from Tondo, Manila and Jose Abad Santos High School is in the Binondo area of Manila City.

Medice represents the best of his generation – drive for excellence, a desire to help society, personal ambition for education to achieve what is possible given the circumstances of their life status.

 

PEACE CORPS ALUMNI FOUNDATION FOR PHILIPPINE DEVELOPMENT

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.

Over the years, more than 175 scholarship recipients have completed their studies in fields ranging from engineering and architecture to midwifery and community development. PCAFPD is an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association, and is recognized as the official returned Volunteer group of the Philippines. The Foundation is a registered 501C(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.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).

For more information, visit their website at  www.rpcvphilippines.org

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