Belinda A. Aquino International Philippine Studies Endowment

This scholarship is named after Dr. Belinda A. Aquino (Professor Emeritus), past director of the Center for Philippine Studies (1975-2009).

The purpose of this Fund is to promote and enhance academic and professional studies at the UH-Manoa on the Philippines and Filipinos from an international, comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. It will encourage and support the study of diasporic and global issues affecting Philippine society and culture, and Filipino communities overseas.

According to Aquino, "Through this Endowment, I hope to perpetuate, especially among, but not limited to, the younger generation in the Filipino community an intellectual tradition of acquiring a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Philippines as a strategic country in the Asia-Pacific region and a vibrant member of the international community. The Philippines is now the 12th largest country in the world, population-wise, and Filipinos are currently deployed in about 150 countries as leaders, educators, professionals and workers. They have transcended the limits of the nation-state and established transnational communities that contribute to world peace, progress and stability. The "new diaspora" provides a rich and compelling perspective on the profound social, economic and political implications of the Filipino presence worldwide.

At the same time, this Endowment hopes to balance the "expatriate concern" with efforts to energize and strengthen the Philippine homeland itself, by supporting initiatives such as scholarships, fellowships, research and publications, library materials,exchange programs, visiting scholars, conferences, workshops,websites,educational travel and other opportunities aimed at achieving sustained academic and professional interest in Philippine Studies for the benefit of future generations of Filipinos as democratic, progressive, participating, vital and productive members of society, both internally and internationally.

Send application (in hard copy) to: Dr. Vina Lanzona, Director, Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 416, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Deadline: April 2 (or first Monday after Spring break).

For further information, call 956-6086, or write to:

Dr. Vina A. Lanzona
Director, Center for Philippine Studies
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 416
Honolulu, HI 96822
Telephone: (808) 956-6086