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Pinays Rising: Art, Academics, & Activist Scholarships


The Pinays Rising Scholarship was created to promote the continuation of higher education while excelling in the areas of arts (visual, performance/music, conceptual, etc.) and/or community service and activism.

This educational scholarship program is open to all self-identified Pinays/x who will be attending an institution of higher learning, full time, for the Fall 2020 semester.

Awardees will receive $500 USD each for financial aid in the upcoming school year!

"Island womxn rise, walang makakatigil!"

Pinays Rising Scholarship Ruby Ibarra

“When someone identifies as Pinay, it’s not just, ‘I have Filipina, Filipino parents,’ it’s also this notion that the word Pinay holds a history, that the term Pinay is something that is actually rooted in the American experience, that Pinay is not just an abbreviation of the word Filipina,” says Tintiangco-Cubales.

According to Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, the word Pinay (the feminine form of Pinoy) originated in the 1920s to refer to Filipinos born or living in the United States.

“It’s this really important term that holds her story, not just a history but a ‘herstory.’”

Read the full story HERE

Two years ago, Ibarra teamed up with San Francisco State University ethnic studies professor Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and together they founded the Pinays Rising scholarship.

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