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Benigno and Corazon Aquino Scholarship

university fellowships committee

The Boston College Asian American Scholarship was created in 1995 through the initiative of a group of students, faculty, and administrators, to recognize BC juniors whose commitment to academic excellence, to promoting Asian American awareness, and to serving both the Asian American and the wider communities on and off campus, is exceptional.

In 2010, this scholarship was named in honor of Benigno and Corazon Aquino, a Filipino husband and wife who led the struggle against dictatorship, repression and injustice in their native Philippines and became symbols of democratic struggle and change throughout Asia and the world.

The Aquino Scholarship provides $15,000 or more toward senior-year tuition for the winner.  In addition, all finalists in the competition also win scholarships of up to $3,000.  The winner and all finalists also receive $1,000 gift certificates to the Boston College Bookstore.

All full-time, Boston College juniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The application process involves short statements describing academic and community service activities, as well as a longer essay asking applicants to reflect upon their roles as future leaders for the Asian American community. A selection committee composed of faculty members, staff, administrators, and students will review all applications, and finalists are selected on the basis of two main criteria:

  1. Academic accomplishments as evidenced by strong grades, an ambitious selection of courses, and the integration of academic interests with personal goals; and
  2. Participation in activities, on campus or off, that serve others and that help strengthen the Asian American community and its contributions to the larger American society.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents in the United States.

All finalists will be invited to an interview with the selection committee in late March or early April. Announcement of awards will be made at the scholarship banquet at the end of April.

Copies of the application can be obtained from the web site for the Boston College Aquino Scholarship. Completed applications must be submitted to the Campus Coordinator.