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Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship

The public depends on the news that is properly investigated, thoroughly researched, and reported by dedicated professionals. Good journalism requires talent, determination, and genuine interest in understanding the “big picture” and what is most important. Mona Lisa Yuchengco, the founding publisher and editor of Filipino Magazine, established this scholarship program to help students of Filipino heritage pursue careers in journalism because Filipinos are underrepresented in this field.

Award Information:

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Amount: $3,000
Number of Scholarship Award: 1 to 3
Renewable: Yes
Deadline: April 21; Annually
GPA: 3.0
Major: Journalism

Eligibility Criteria:

– U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
– Must have at least one parent who is of Filipino descent;
– Must demonstrate financial need;
– Must be an incoming college freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at an accredited 4-year educational institution of higher learning;
– Applicants must be residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Application Checklist:

Applicants are responsible for submitting all materials to the Asian Pacific Fund. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and considered for the scholarship. The application will only be considered complete if the Asian Pacific Fund receives all of the following materials:

1. Student application form
2. Essays on provided topics
3. Most recent transcripts; unofficial transcripts may be submitted.
4. Resume (must include work experience, school and community activities, and honors & awards).
5. Two (2) letters of references. One should at least come from your teacher. All letters should be on an official school or organization letterhead.
6. Writing sample (journalism work is preferred). Note: with your permission, your work may be featured on Positively Filipino, an online magazine (http://positivelyfilipino).
7. Submit all materials before the deadline to:

Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship
Asian Pacific Fund
465 California Street, Suite 809
San Francisco, CA 94104

Essay Questions:

Applicants are required to respond to each of the short essay questions on a separate sheet of paper. Essays should be written in 12 pt. font and single-spaced. At the top of the page, applicants must include their complete name and the name of the scholarship program. After each essay, please include the total word count.

1. Tell us about yourself: include your academic and career goals, hopes and aspirations for the future, and the role or influence of your Filipino heritage. The total word count should be 250-500 words.
2. Tell us about your proudest moment and the greatest challenge you have faced, either personally or academically. What did you learn from your experiences? Total word count: 150-200 words.
3. Tell us what type of journalism appeals to you the most, and why? How did you develop this interest? Describe any co-curricular or extracurricular activities that have affected your passion for journalism? Recommended word count: 250-500 words.
4. What are your favorite news outlets, and who are your favorite journalist? Tell us what you admire about them. Recommended length: 150-200 words.
5. Optional: is there anything else that you wish to tell the Scholarship Committee, including any usual family or personal circumstances that have affected your achievement in school, work experience, or your participation in co-curricular activities?

Selection Criteria:

– Academic excellence
– Potential to succeed in chosen field
– Financial need
– Involvement/interest in serving the Filipino community

The Scholarship Committee will choose three to ten applicants to be finalists. Finalists are required to be available for a 30-minute interview in late April in the San Francisco Bay Area. Once chosen, finalists must bring a certified copy of their transcripts, SAT/ACT score reports, and FAFSA-SAR.

Contact Information:

Asian Pacific Fund
465 California Street, Suite 809
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 395-9985
Email: [email protected]

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