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15/10/2014: 2014 DR. JOSE RIZAL YOUTH AWARDS

The Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC), in partnership with the Embassyof the Republic of the Philippines, is pleased to announce the opening of the 22nd Annual Dr. Jose Rizal Youth Awards competition. The awards recognize academic excellence and community service of outstanding Filipino American youths in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. In that regard PAFC, a non-profit organization that undertakes educational projects, through its Selection Committee will award twelve (12) outstanding students based on the rigorous criteria outlined in the attached rules. The nomination will undergo a two-step process: (1) Nominees will meet the eligibility rules and criteria that emphasize the ideals of Dr. Jose Rizal, namely, scholarship and community service. (2) Nominees will submit personal essays on topics based on his or her current grade level.

Awardees will be recognized at a special ceremony at the Philippine Embassy on December 20, 2014. Awardees will be presented with a certificate of recognition and a medal. Selected awardees will have the honor of reading their award-winning essays at the ceremony. The ceremony is a highlight of the Philippine American community in Washington, D.C. and is given broad media coverage.

The Philippine American community is highly encouraged to submit their nominations by December 1 , 2014. Our applicants represent the best and brightest of a broad range of highly competitive Philippine American students of various age group levels. The competition is very competitive owing to the large number of well-deserving candidates. This speaks well for the long-term success of Filipino Americans in the United States and is a tribute to their culture, family values and hard work. The PAFC and the Philippine Embassy are pleased and proud to recognize them.

Click here to download the nomination form.