OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

2017 SCHOLARS


STEPHANIE SAGUN | University of Illinois @ Chicago ’18 | $2,000 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: CHINESE MUTUAL AID ASSOCIATION

Stephanie is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an electrical engineering student, she is a huge advocate of STEM education. She serves as collegiate section president of the Society of Women Engineers, where she partakes in several engineering outreach events to middle school and high school girls, and she is also a tutor in UIC’s Minority Engineering Retention and Recruitment Program. Stephanie values diversity both in higher education and everyday life because of these roles and the experiences they’ve granted her. Outside the scope of academia, she’s definitely still a nerd! She loves reading sci-fi novels, her YouTube History is primarily fan theories for Game of Thrones, and she may or may not be able to play Smash Mouth’s “All Star” on her ukulele (hint: she can!).


JANE BARON | Loyola University ’15 & DePaul University ’20 | $500 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: STEP UP

Jane will begin her Master of Education program, in the fall of 2017, specializing in Social & Cultural Foundations in Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with student organizations that empowered marginalized communities. She served as the President of Kapwa Filipino Organization and a Scholar for Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES). As a LUCES Scholar, she supported Women of Color at a predominantly White institution by implementing a program aimed at cultivating Sistership, Scholarship, and Leadership. Currently, Jane works at Step Up, where she facilitates curriculum focused on empowering high school women, college preparation, and career exploration. In her free time, Jane is committed to self-reflection and holistic healing. Her favorite forms of self-care include making journals, writing poetry, and gardening.


CAS RELUCIO | University of Wisconsin-Madison ’18 | $300 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: FILIPINO AMERICAN STUDENT ORGANIZATION (FASO)

Cas is a senior majoring in Economics with a Certificate in Business. She was elected President of Filipinx-American Student Organization (FASO) at UW-Madison for the 2016-2017 school year. She is a Great People Scholar and a Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO) Scholar. She served as the Student Advisory Board Freshman and Sophomore Representative in CeO for two years. Cas loves listening to others and ensuring that diverse voices are heard within the community she serves. Last summer, she interned at BP as a Business Analyst Intern. This summer, she is the Marketing Intern for BDO in Chicago. On the side, she always roots for the Badgers (of course), the Blackhawks, and the Cubs! She is also a Marvel geek. She has a lot of spirit and never runs out of energy. She is known for her undying love for chicken nuggets.


ALISON DUNGCA | Illinois State University ’19 | $250 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN COALITION

 is a junior pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She plans to go to graduate school and earn a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She one day hopes to open her own clinic. In her free time, she enjoys cracking corny jokes and spending time with her family. Having been born in Tarlac, Philippines, Alison discovered a passion for learning about, and celebrating, her Filipino heritage. She seizes any opportunity that is presented to her in which she can show pride in her culture and advocate for her people. Alison is the newly-elected Diversity Director of the Asian Pacific American Coalition at ISU. Through this position, she hopes to connect with fellow Filipino Americans from surrounding universities and spread awareness of Asian-American culture and issues to the general population.


KATHERINE DE LARA | Marquette University ’19 | $200 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: BAYANIHAN STUDENT ORGANIZATION

Katherine is an ambitious student working towards completing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and, also, become a Certified Athletic Trainer. She loves majoring in health sciences, but also has a passion for digital media, especially filming/editing videos. On campus, Katherine is an executive board member of the Bayanihan Student Organization, and involved in the Athletic Training Student Association, Physical Therapy Council, Adaptive Abilities Club, and KAPWA Intervarsity-Witcom. Off campus, Katherine really enjoys traveling, trying new foods and taking long naps. When she isn’t napping or enjoying a good show on Netflix, Katherine is more than likely spending time with her family and friends. They are her happiness in life and she is incredibly thankful to be surrounded by people that make her laugh until she can’t breathe but also inspire her to be the best version of herself.


2016 SCHOLARS


NICOLE REYES | Dominican University ’18 | $2,000 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: HEARTLAND INSTITUTE

Nicole is a junior at Dominican University studying Finance and Marketing. She is a student worker at the Admissions Office helping counselors communicate with prospective students. Nicole found her true passion while in business with her mother. Today, she works with World Financial Group and the World System Builder organization to educate one million families about financial literacy. Nicole also works as a Certified College Planning Consultant with the nonprofit Heartland Institute of Financial Education. As a first-generation college student, she has experienced the complications of the college process. Through her work, Nicole hopes to bring awareness to the rising cost of college tuition and help provide solutions.


JENNINE LOMIBAO | Loyola University ’18 | $500 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: KAPWA LOYOLA

Jennine is a junior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. She is active with KAPWA, the university’s Filipino American student organization. Their goal is to educate and promote a deeper appreciation, understanding, and respect for Filipino and Filipino American cultures and traditions. She has been an Ate/Kuya/Bunso mentor/mentee and is currently the Cultural Branch C-Director. Jennine enjoys learning more about her Filipino roots through cultural dance. She strives to carry out the Filipino values that her parents have instilled in her and believes she would not be the person she is today without her Filipino identity, her family’s guidance, and God.


ALPHABRENDA SADCOPEN | College of DuPage ’19 | $300 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: BIBBAK ILLINOIS

Alpha is a student at College of DuPage, currently working on her Associate Degree in Applied Science with a focus on Graphic Design. She discovered her love for graphic design in high school, where she was the Layout Editor, before becoming Head Editor in Publications. Alpha stays busy as a Youth President of BIBBAK, and as a volunteer with the Digital Co-Curation Team, where she helps digitize over 10,000 objects in the Field Museum’s Philippine Collection and facilitate monthly events. After finishing with my Associateʼs Degree she hopes to continue on with her Bachelorʼs Degree, or find work at Chicago design firms where she can establish her career in design, while still staying active in the Filipino Community.


TRIXIE CORTES | Denison University ’18 | $250 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: BICOL ASSOCIATION OF THE MIDWEST

Trixie moved to Chicago, from Naga City, Philippines, when she was ten years old. A junior at Denison University, in Ohio, she is pursuing a bachelorʼs degree in Sociology/ Anthropology with the dream of working for the government to help improve the living conditions of immigrant families in the U.S. She is also a Studio Art minor with a photography concentration. Her passion for the arts has gained her the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for the Art Department at Denison, as well as a projector for the Denison Film Society. Trixie is a charter member of the Eta Colony/Chapter of Alpha Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. which emphasizes sisterhood and Asian-Awareness within campus and the community.


KATRINA FAVIS | University of Illinois @ Chicago ’17 | $200 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: FILIPINOS IN ALLIANCE (FIA) at University of Illinois, Chicago

Katrina is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Disability and Human Development. She aspires to become an occupational therapist. Katrina enjoys working out, reading, and writing. She spent her first two years at a community college where she was honored to have one of her essays published in the school’s book of essays after it was judged by professors. Katrina is active in the Chi Sigma Omega sorority and also spends time working on campus. She loves to spend time with friends and also enjoys helping others by volunteering and working as a caregiver. She appreciates school and being able to learn and experience new things.


2015 SCHOLARS


LILY JANE RAZ | Fashion Institute of Technology ’16 | $2,000 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: AKLAN ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY

Lily Jane is a junior in the AAS Communication Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City studying Advertising Design. She aspires to be an Art Director and couldn’t be more grateful to be learning it in such a wonderful city. She is on the Dean’s List and a member of the FIT Track Team. She has volunteered for the NYRR Half-Marathon, where she was start corral marshall, and the Gwendolyn Simmons Winter Skating Party and Fundraiser, where she was a poster designer. During her break, she enjoys running, traveling and keeping up-to-date with the latest music.


JOSEPHINE BELEN | University of Michigan ’17 | $500 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: FILIPINO AMERICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Josephine is a sophomore the University of Michigan with aspirations to attend Pharmacy School in the Fall of 2016. She is the past president of the University of Michigan Filipino American Student Association (FASA), where she launched philanthropic events that helped victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the Children’s Shelter of Cebu. She is a second-generation Filipino who stays in touch with her cultural roots and keeps alive Filipino traditions instilled by her parents. Josephine believes that being successful means “giving your all” whether you win, or lose, as long as you learn something valuable and are happy doing it! Mabuhay sa inyong lahat and God Bless!


ALYSSA SOLOMON | University of Illinois @ Chicago ’18 | $300 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: PHILIPPINE ENGINEERS & SCIENTISTS ORGANIZATION (PESO)

Alyssa is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Civil Engineering. Since the fifth grade, she has been a consistent honor student and was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She loves to sing, play the piano, and dance, and has competed in all three categories. Alyssa performs as a technical/cultural dancer as a part of the Simbang Gabi Dance Crew, and member of the International Thespian Society. Alyssa has volunteered at the Ryder Cup, Feed My Starving Children Organization, and at numerous nursing homes.


ROZEL GARCIA | Loyola University ’17 | $200 Sampaguita Scholarship

Nominating Organization: CHICAGO NIGHTINGALES

Rozel Camille Garcia attends Loyola University in Chicago where she is pursuing International Studies with a minor in Journalism. She hopes to actively participate in actions and resolutions that will help to alleviate the critical issues affecting the world today. Through the eyes of those closest to her, Rozel is perceived as supportive, adventurous, and understanding. Her character has been shaped with the values instilled in her by family, friends, and hardships in life. Although her future is still being written, there is much to discover on where her journey leads her, as there are still many stepping-stones ahead. There is no doubt that she will find herself short of what life truly encompasses.