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JOSE RIZAL SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda

June 19, 1861 - December 30,1896

 

José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino nationalist during the tail end of the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines. He is tagged as the national hero (pambansang bayani) of the Filipino people. 

 

Rizal was skilled in both science and the arts. He painted, sketched, and made sculptures and woodcarving. He was a prolific poet, essayist, and novelist whose most famous works were his two novels, Noli Me Tángere and its sequel, El filibusterismo. These social commentaries during the Spanish colonization of the country formed the nucleus of literature that inspired peaceful reformists and armed revolutionaries alike. Rizal was also a polyglot, conversant in twenty-two languages.

HOW JRSAA STARTED

 

Fil-Am’s greatest pride is the formation of the scholarship program. The
association's value education, was the motivation behind the creation of this
program.

 

The Jose Rizal Scholastic Achievement Award was founded in 1990 under President Rhod Resella's leadership.  The program recognizes senior high school students who achieved academic excellence, displayed leadership, and have engaged in civic and humanitarian projects.

 

The deserving students are awarded by plaques of recognition and cash grants. The first place winner’s name is also be added on to our JRSAA Perpetual Plaque. But more than these awards, the students take pride in being recognized for their achievements and being in the roster of esteemed Fil-Am scholars. 

 

To date, we have recognized over 100 deserving scholars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Rizal's multifacetedness was described by his German friend, Dr. Adolf Bernhard Meyer, as "stupendous." Documented studies show him to be a polymath with the ability to master various skills and subjects.  He was an ophthalmologist, sculptor, painter, educator, farmer, historian, playwright and journalist. Aside from poetry and creative writing, he also dabbled with varying degrees of expertise in architecture, cartography, economics, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, dramatics, martial arts, fencing and pistol shooting. He was also a Freemason, joining Acacia Lodge No. 9 during his time in Spain and becoming a Master Mason in 1884.

 

Rizal was a writer and a key member of the Filipino Propaganda Movement, which advocated political reforms for the colony under Spain.

He was executed by the Spanish colonial government for the crime of rebellion after the Philippine Revolution, inspired in part by his writings, broke out. Though he was not actively involved in its planning or

conduct, he ultimately approved of its goals which eventually led to Philippine independence.

 

His undated poem Mi Último Adiós, believed to have been written a few days before his execution, was hidden in an alcohol stove, which was later handed to his family with his few remaining possessions, including the final letters and his last bequests.

 

He is considered one of the greatest heroes of the Philippines and has been recommended to be so honored by an officially empaneled National Heroes Committee.

The Jose Rizal Scholasrhip Achievement Award was formally established in 1990 during Rhodamin Resella's presidency.

WHO CAN QUALIFY?

 

Applicants for JRSAA must meet the following qualifying criteria:

  1. Must be of Filipino descent whose parent(s) reside(s) or is/are employed in the Santa Clarita Valley area.

  2. Must be a graduating senior in high school, or an equivalency, and will be enrolling in college. Students enrolling in a college accelerated program within the same qualifying year are eligible to apply.

  3. Must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.50 (weighted).

  4. Must be involved in extra-curricular activities in school, community, or the Fil-Am Association’s projects or events.

Should the applicant meet the above criteria, the following documents are required for submission:

  1. A completed online application form.

  2. An official sealed copy of the high school transcript of records to be mailed by the school directly to the Scholarship Committee, Fil-Am Association of SCV, P.O. Box 801753, Valencia CA 91380.

  3. A letter of recommendation from a school official.

  4. A 400- to 500-word essay on the topic specified on the online application form.

In addition to individual Plaques of Recognition, the following awards will be given to three outstanding candidates:

First Place       $1,500.00
Second Place $   750.00
Third Place     $   500.00

Congratulations to all our JRSAA Recipients 

We are very proud of YOU!

JIELENA BRAGASIN

1ST PLACE, 2019

2nd Place - Cailin Francesca Garcia
3rd Place  - Cate Gabon
Honorary Recipients

                 - Juilianna Caballero

                 - Juliet Vianzon

                 - Benjamin Wexler

                 - Rowan Wong

JOSEPH ESPIRITU

1ST PLACE, 2016

2nd Place - Danielle Villaruz
3rd Place  - SJ Sahagun
Honorary Recipients

                  - Evan Block

                  - Zion Calvo

                  - Reden Camonayan

                  - Kobe Damaso

                  - Abby Gordon

                  - Trent Larson

MATHEW SAN JOSE

1ST PLACE, 2013

2nd Place - Alana Pasion
3rd Place  - Joshua Sherfey
4th Place  - Sarah Carey

5th Place  - Samila Reynes

6th Place  - Joseph Montesclaros

MYLA TAYOBA

1ST PLACE, 2010

2nd Place - Adriane Marin
3rd Place  - Lemuelle Carrillo

ANGELA GATDULA

1ST PLACE, 2007

2nd Place - Casey Schein
3rd Place  - Alyssa Pasamba
4th Place  - Courtney Uy

DAVID SCHEIN

1ST PLACE, 2002

SHERYLLENE GO

1ST PLACE, 1999

2nd Place - Gary Catig
3rd Place  - La Crista Joi Fuqua

YASMINE GOMEZ

1ST PLACE, 1996

2nd Place - Aryan Bordallo

GARY GATDULA

1ST PLACE, 1992

2nd Place - Maria Espejo

RINA IMPERIAL

1ST PLACE, 1989

2nd Place - Nora Reyes

ASHLEY KUA

1ST PLACE, 2020

2nd Place -Jeremy BischofF
3rd Place  - Noah Rop

Honorary Recipients

                  - Allyson Asis

                  - Christian Gutierrez

                  - Julianna Lozada

                  - Mindy Mello

                  - Keri McWilliams

                  - Danielle Nalangan

                  - Katelynn Zara

DAVID RAMOS

1ST PLACE, 2017

2nd Place - Sydeny Wexler
3rd Place  -Taylor Oshiro

PAOLO ARGUELLES

1ST PLACE, 2014

2nd Place - Alyssa Pabalan
3rd Place  - Stephanie Gimenez

DAVID TROY JR.

1ST PLACE, 2011

2nd Place - Jennifer Owen
3rd Place  - Marjorie Carlos
4th Place  - Miky Tayoba

GLEN OLILA

1ST PLACE, 2008

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NOLAN CARREON

1ST PLACE, 2004

2nd Place - Marites Narciso

2nd Place - Ashlee Flores
3rd Place  - Alexis Salas-Andres
4th Place  - Scott Sia

STEPHANIE UNSON

1ST PLACE, 2000

2nd Place - Daphne Lim
3rd Place  - Keith Reyes

KATHERINE ORO

1ST PLACE, 1997

2nd Place - Mae Pascua
3rd Place  - Sharon Magpantay

CHERYL LECHUGA

1ST PLACE, 1993

2nd Place - Rina Imperial
3rd Place  - Trish Lim

JULIE MAE OBNIAL

1ST PLACE, 1990

2nd Place - Joseph Gatdula
3rd Place  - John Obsenares
4th Place  - Ellen Dalagin

MIA SIMGEN

1ST PLACE, 2018

2nd Place - Hannah Ilagan

3rd Place  - Nathaniel Medina

4th Place  - Jose Marie Aquino

TRISHA MAGPANTAY

1ST PLACE, 2015

2nd Place - Mareiah Alfonso
3rd Place  - Angelica Alberto
Honorary Recipients

                 - Eugene Paul Mesina
                 - Marissa Magsarili
                 - Jayden Pasco
                 - Patrick Saulo
                 - Hayden Matheus
                 - Samantha Gebers
                 - Mizhael Dones
                 - Daniel Lee

ERIC JAMES OLILA

1ST PLACE, 2012

2nd Place - Megan Sarte
3rd Place  - Nicole Sanchez
4th Place  - Justin David

 

MARC ABUEL

1ST PLACE, 2009

2nd Place - Leah Angelica Carrillo
3rd Place  - Lorenzo Rances
4th Place  - Christine Soriano

MIKO TAYOBA

1ST PLACE, 2005

2nd Place - Jeremy Schein
3rd Place  - Marc Miranda

REGINALD PANALIGAN

1ST PLACE, 2001

2nd Place - Angela Guiao
3rd Place  - Russell Taylor

NERISSA OXCIAN-YUHICO

1ST PLACE, 1998

2nd Place - Njambi Purdy

3rd Place  - Jereme Suarez

ROSEMARY ESPEJO-VALENCIA

1ST PLACE, 1994

2nd Place - Meryl Pascua
3rd Place  - Jamie Yraola

MARIA CORAZON VILLARIN

1ST PLACE, 1991

2nd Place - Paul Impreiral

3rd Place  - Vivian Ruth Torredes
 

MARIA ESPEJO-VASSILAKIS

1ST PLACE, 1988

2nd Place - Mario Verdadero
3rd Place  - Myra Jimenez

 

Scholarship Awardees

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