Bobby T. Rimas, the current UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director, and the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association and supporters at L.A. Rose Café where they announced that the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment has reached $91,000.

Bobby T. Rimas, the current UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director, and the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association and supporters at L.A. Rose Café where they announced that the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment has reached $91,000.

On Thursday, March 26, the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association and supporters held a dinner at the L.A. Rose Café and announced that the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment reached $91,000, which supports the UCLA Pilipino Alumni / Lovell Sevilla Scholarship Program.

 There were also several discussions on how to continually increase the endowment, which is key to helping several students receive a world-class education at UCLA.  A UCLA Pilipino Alumni (PAA) Fundraising Plan was introduced at the dinner by UCLA PAA Fundraising Director Linda Reyes.  UCLA PAA Scholarship Committee Member Mark Bautista was thanked for his recent efforts to obtain tax-deductible donations for the endowment.

Bobby T. Rimas, the current UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director stated, “This is a real exciting time for UCLA Pilipino Alumni to have the opportunity to take the endowment to the next level which, in turn, will eventually serve more students.  Our goal is to have the endowment reach over $100,000 by July.”

The dinner was one of several events of a renewed scholarship campaign to strengthen the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment and to honor Ms. Lovell Sevilla, who served as the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director from 1995 through 2000 and was instrumental in establishing the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Endowment.  In 2010, she was awarded the UCLA Chancellor’s Excellence in Service Award for expanding diversity in the UCLA Honors Programs and in 2011, became the UCLA director of counseling.

The UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association Scholarship Program usually culminates in the awarding of both the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment and private scholarships at UCLA Pilipino Alumni’s annual scholarship benefit, which is scheduled to take place at the UCLA James West Alumni Center on May 2nd.  To date, the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association has awarded over 100 scholarships. The UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association’s mission is to create an environment for current students, alumni, and community members to network, both socially and professionally, as well as raise monies to support UCLA Pilipino Alumni’s initiatives, which include scholarships for incoming high school, undergraduate, and graduate students at UCLA.

If you have any inquiries regarding who may apply for UCLA Pilipino Alumni scholarships or contributions towards the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment, please contact Mr. Rimas at Bobby.Rimas@alumni.ucla.edu.