The Hinrich Foundation welcomes Michael Estuaria and Donnielyn Gamutan as our latest scholars!

These Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarships are offered in partnership with the Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development (PCAFPD).

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(Left to right) Geraldine, Roland, Donnielyn, Michael, Lorie and Alex show their delight at the new partnership and scholars.

Since 1983, the PCAFPD has been dedicated to ‘changing lives, one scholar at a time’. This US-registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit is an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association. It was formed and is manned by returned Peace Corps Philippines Volunteers (PCVs) and Filipino volunteers.

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(Left to right) Roland De Jesus, Michael Estuaria, Donnielyn Gamutan and Geraldine Maiatico sign the scholarship agreements in the Hinrich Foundation’s Makati, Manila, office in January.

In January 2016, Foundation team Alex Boome (PCV Palawan, 1987-89) and Lorie Cascaro (Hinrich Foundation Alumna 2015) joined PCAFPD board members Geraldine Maiatico (PCV Batangas, 1966-68; APCD 2000-05) and Roland De Jesus in Makati, Manila, to award scholarships to Michael and Donnielyn.

New scholars, new opportunities

Growing up in Bahay Tuluyan, a non-government organization in Manila that caters to street children and homeless families, the two scholars have felt a sense of belonging to a bigger family with their scholarships.

“I only asked God for a candy but He gave me a whole cake,” Michael said in his inspiring story.

He is taking his Bachelor’s degree in English at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Donnielyn is studying her Bachelor of Science and Business Administration majoring in Management at Pangasinan State University.

“I really want to have a scholarship when I was in fourth year high school. One of my goals is to finish my study until college so that I can achieve all my dreams,” Donnielyn said in her heart-felt story.

The PCAFPD-Hirnich Global Trade Leader Scholarship Program provides full tuition fees, school and living expenses for the scholars. Both will receive mentoring and internships to help prepare them for trade-related careers and further develop their foundation for continued success.

About the author – Lorie Ann Cascaro

Lorie Cascaro

Lorie Ann Cascaro works as a Senior Copy Editor for the Hinrich Foundation, based out of the Manila office. She began her association with the Foundation in 2014 after being awarded a global trade leader scholarship to Hong Kong Baptist University, where she earned her master’s degree in International Journalism Studies.