The Sampaguita Group is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization committed to raising funds and awarding partial scholarships to Filipino American women matriculated in colleges and universities in the United States.

In 2015, the call to establish an organization to financially assist Filipino American college women came after a report in the Harvard Asian American Policy Review identified a phenomenon called Educational Downward Mobility affecting U.S.-born Filipino Americans. Studies showed that, when it comes to succeeding in college, U.S.-born Filipino Americans lagged behind their immigrant Filipino American counterparts. In several studies, this discrepancy was attributed to a number of issues—including socioeconomic challenges.  Furthermore, because of possible cultural biases, females may be experiencing fewer opportunities to attend college than their male counterparts; thus our scholarship focus. (A link to the report and a downloadable white paper can be found in our references section.)

Our mission is to increase public awareness about Educational Downward Mobility affecting second-generation Filipino Americans; award partial scholarships to Filipino American women matriculated in colleges and universities in the United States; and encourage corporations and organizations to establish their own U.S.-based collegiate scholarship programs for Filipino American students matriculated in colleges and universities in the United States.

In an effort to further the goal of increasing public awareness about the the issue, we select annual scholars based on scores from a written essay about the topic of Educational Downward Mobility and a presentation of that essay at The Sampaguita Ball—our premier annual fundraising gala. By investing in higher education we hope to increase the opportunity for Filipino American women to experience long-term academic and lifelong success.

Contact Information: info@sampaguitagroup.org | (312) 620-2270 | We are based in Chicago, IL


Rose Tibayan | President and Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder

Flerida Antonov | Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer | Co-Founder

Cynthia Flores | Vice President, Funding and Corporate Sponsorships


Casey Bala | Miss Sampaguita USA 2019 | University of Illinois-Chicago ’21

Geraldine Gaden | Mrs. Sampaguita USA 2019


Jessica Lomibao| Miss Sampaguita USA 2018 | Loyola University Graduate School ’19

Jet Gruezo| Mrs. Sampaguita USA 2018


Stephanie Sagun | Miss Sampaguita USA 2017 | University of Illinois-Chicago, Summa Cum Laude ’18

Chaziel Patron | Mrs. Sampaguita USA 2017


Nicole Reyes | Miss Sampaguita USA 2016 | Dominican University ’18

Neriza Tan Pineda | Mrs. Sampaguita USA 2016


Lily Jane Raz | Miss Sampaguita USA 2015 | Fashion Institute of Technology, Magna Cum Laude ’16

Lourdes Livas | Mrs. Sampaguita USA 2015

The Sampaguita Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization registered in the State of Illinois.