Scholars Fund

EVACF’s Aeta Scholar’s Fund is administered by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Region III.  Each student is required to have indigenous person status. The fund is unique as it gives help to students of a wide age range, with some students over 50 years old.  Preference is given to female students but male students also receive help.

Students are required to attend regularly and to maintain passing grades.  Students pace their studies according to family needs.  If migration requires a break in studies, then this presents no problem with the fund.

In keeping with EVA and NCIP policy to discourage dependency on others, this fund supplements the efforts of the students and their families to finance their studies.  Nobody is given a full scholarship.  Everyone attends government colleges and universities.  The Aeta find this method acceptable, since it means more indigenous people can receive help.

An Aeta with a college/university degree is considered remarkable because of the challenges they have had to overcome, both mental and physical, to achieve this qualification.  Graduates in the society act as very important role models for the young. EVA Aeta Scholars Fund graduates are required to return to their communities for approximately one year to uplift numeracy and literacy levels.

During February 2003, Elizabeth Hilario – EVACF scholarship graduate, 3A3Rs Activator and midwife at the Haduan Primary Healthcare Center – became the first Aeta to qualify as a Primary Healthcare instructor.  Elizabeth is seen here proudly displaying her certificate. Elizabeth received her training from Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera, who oversees all the healthcare activities at the Haduan Center.

EVACF is proud to announce that Wyde Cosme, a previous EVACF scholar, has taken bar exams to become the first Aeta Lawyer.