Ligaya Fruto Endowment Scholarship
(up to $1,000)

Who are eligible? Full time graduate students with a 3.0 or better GPA in Arts and Humanities with a focus on Philippine Studies and preferably of Philippine ancestry. In addition to Arts and Humanities, major field of applicant may be in Journalism, Education, Political Science, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Women Studies, Public Policy, Social Work, Community Development, and Public Policy.

Applicant must present: 1) a project with a timeline and budget, 2) names and email of three former or current professors as reference for evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills, e.g. writing sample. The scholarship is based on merit, not financial need.

About the Endowment Fund. The endowment is funded by a financial gift to Philippine Studies from the PAMANA Foundation of Hawaii in honor of the late Honolulu resident Ligaya Fruto, who was a novelist, short story writer, journalist, social critic, diplomatic officer, political analyst, and community leader. She belonged to the first generation of Filipino writers in English called the "Veronicans" and worked with various Philippine institutions, the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Send application (in hard copy) 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.

For further information, call 956-6086 or email

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

More about Ligaya Fruto ... Ligaya Fruto: Writer was strong opponent of martial law in native Philippines," by Lisa Asato, July 21, 2001.