In this virtual ceremony, 33 Filipina/Filipinx were given a $500 grant each by the 2020 Pinays Rising scholarship.
Created in 2018 by rapper and scientist Ruby Ibarra and San Francisco State professor and founder of Pinoy/Pinay educational partnerships, Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales — the mission of Pinays Rising is to promote the continuation of higher education and excellency in the arts, community service and activism.
This year’s awardees came from all over the country representing various areas of study.
“We had everything from nursing, to law, to theater, to chemistry, to creative writing, and so forth. So it was really tough to narrow it down to just 33 recipients,” said Ibarra. “All of these students not only excelled in academics but also displayed a strong understanding of how to really use their different passions and platforms to spark positive change in their respective communities.”
Self-identifying pinays who will be taking college courses in the fall of 2020 were able to apply for the scholarship.
Eligibility is not based on GPA or test scores but rather on the applicants’ commitment to help their communities.
“I think we were just surprised and also very happy to see just how involved these students were in their community and how they used their artwork or leadership to spark positive change. And what ultimately made me happy was I felt all these students had a strong understanding of self but also a strong understanding of what it means to be Pinay.”
The 2020 Pinays Rising scholarship attracted 115 applicants from across the U.S., and raised over $16,000 in donations in just a few weeks.
Pinays Rising is accepting donations year-round for the next group of scholars in 2021 and is currently seeking sponsors to partner with.
For more information: tinyurl.com/pinaysrising.