Philippine-American Association of Madison & Neighboring Areas


A program awarded to selected graduating high school seniors of PAMANA members.


PAMANA Scholars

PAMANA 2018 Scholarship Award Recipients

 Astrid Harrison

UW Madison, Civil Engineering

Graduated from Waunakee High School

Marianne Gale Pagas

UW Madison, Nursing

Graduated from James Madison Memorial Hospital



Jillian Ybanez

Notre Dame University, Indiana

Graduated from Verona High School





Jai Becker

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Graduated from Waunakee High School


John B. Matthews


Samuel Plutchak

Lake Forest College, Illinois

Crystal McGuire


PAMANA Scholarship Application Deadline:  April 15th of each scholarship award period

If you have a child/children who is/are graduating in the spring bound for college, this scholarship grant program is for you.


Current high school seniors with one year or less remaining until graduation are eligible to apply

Acceptance in a vocational program, accredited college or university

At least one of the applicant's parents or legal guardian is a current PAMANA member in good standing

For questions, send email to PAMANA at

Download Application Form HERE


Scholarship Application Annual Deadline – April 15th of each scholarship award period


 PAMANA has established a scholarship program to assist members’ children who plan to continue their education in college. The program supports a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, and associate and bachelor’s degrees. Scholarships are offered for full-time study (as defined by the academic institution) at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

The scholarship program is administered by the Scholarship Committee. Awards are granted on the basis of performance in and out of school.


Dependent children of PAMANA members are eligible to apply for scholarships. Dependent children include unmarried, natural or legally adopted children, stepchildren, and any other children for whom the member has been appointed legal guardian. All children must be under the age of 24.

 High school seniors with one year or less remaining until graduation are eligible to apply.

 Minimum award is $250 per year for one recipient.


Awards are for one year only. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $250 minimum award during the summer prior to their first year in college. Payment is made in one installment by July 31st. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the student.


Interested students must complete the application and have a current, complete official transcript of grades mailed from the educational institution to the Scholarship Committee postmarked no later than April 15. Online transcripts and grade reports are not acceptable. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application via e-mail and/or postal mail.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, please answer all questions as completely as possible.

Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by the Scholarship Committee.  


Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record (no minimum GPA required), demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, and unusual personal or family circumstances. Financial need is not considered. The Scholarship Committee makes selection of recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision of the Scholarship Committee as final.

Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.  


Recipients have no obligation to PAMANA. They are, however, required to supply the Scholarship Committee with complete transcripts when requested and to notify the Scholarship Committee of any changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information. Scholarship awardees consent to have their identities disclosed to PAMANA members.


A. Anticipated Number of Committee and Committee Meetings. The Committee meets quarterly. Committee Chairs should make every effort to participate in every PAMANA Board meeting. Committees meet or communicate by various electronic means as often as necessary to coordinate activities and achieve self defined goals, which provide for movement toward PAMANA’s goals.

B. Committee Member Eligibility Members of the Scholarship Committee may consist of PAMANA members. If a potential conflict of interest arises where a member of the scholarship committee has any personal relation, financial incentive, or other underlying interest in any of the scholarship applicants, then that committee member must be removed from the selection process. Current PAMANA Executive Board members on the scholarship committee participate only in an advisory, non-voting role and have no impact on the actual selection process.

C. Reporting Responsibilities and Procedures. The Scholarship Committee Chair reports to PAMANA’s President. A written report of the Committee's work is due to the PAMANA Executive Board prior to each Board meeting.

D. Relationship with Other Committees. Contact appropriate PAMANA committees for scholarship program advertising and marketing campaigns. Coordinate financial transactions with Treasurer and archiving of records with Secretary.

E. Budgetary Responsibilities. Prepare annual budget to include anticipated revenues and expenses. Award value is dependent on available funds. Complete request form for any bills to be paid out of the Scholarship Fund.  Complete donor form for deposits. The Scholarship Chair and PAMANA Treasurer are responsible for monitoring the committee budget through quarterly summaries provided by the Treasurer.

The Committee will not be under obligation to distribute funds if no suitable applicants are found in any given period of time.

VIII. AMENDMENTS PAMANA reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination

Policy Revision: 27-Mar-2018


The program was initiated by PAMANA board member Jun Gonzales in 2011.  In 2012, an ad hoc committee was formed to develop the guidelines.  The concept was launched during the 2012 Kasuotang Pilipino Scholarship Benefit Show. In 2013, the PAMANA Executive Board approved the guidelines and the following year a Scholarship Review Committee was formed.  During events PAMANA typically designates a portion of funds raised towards the Scholarship Fund.  Members and friends can also designate their donation to specifically go to the Scholarship Fund. 

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