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any amount and help UP students graduate
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Ways to Help UP students

$25+ On-going

Help students at any of the Constituent Universities with medical expenses, temporary housing,  basic electronic equipment and emergencies.

$250+ One-time

Help us build a Thesis Assistance Fund for graduate and post-graduate students at UP.

$500+ One-time

Support a student at UP for one semester. Or, help a UP alumnus on scholarship in the US.  Or, provide a grant for a junior faculty member to help him/her establish a laboratory, or to attend a professional conference overseas or locally in the Philippines

$1,000+ Annual

Support a student at UP through their graduation with a grant named according to your wishes.

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UPAAA also raises funds for UP students impacted by typhoons. In 2021, through the UPdanay Donation Dive for Typhoon Odette (Rai), UPAAA raised $1,500 for immediate disaster relief and rehabilitation of damaged homes of UP Visayas constituents. This includes a $500 donation from UPAA Central California led by President Susan Mendiola.

We are your family away from home.

Connect with other UP alums in the US, grow your network, exchange ideas and career tips, and share stories and experiences. (Membership starts at $50/year, and your fees fund the UPAAA Stipend Scholarships.)

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

UPAAA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Tax-ID: 80-0816109

Make check payable to UPAAA, Inc. and mail to:

M.C. Colmenar, UPAAA National Treasurer
2825 Oro Blanco Circle, Escondido, CA 92027

or donate online: 

PayPal to upaainamerica@gmail.com

(Please include the service charge)

Zelle to upaainamerica@gmail.com

If you are interested in setting up a donor-funded scholarship or grant at a constituent university or college/institute/department of your choice , contact Joy Celo, MD at scholarships@upaainamerica.org.

An International Student Assistance Grant (ISAG) is offered by UPAAA and by Dr. Francisco S. Sy.  This is a one-time grant for a UP alumnus in the USA on a scholarship or other grant, as a supplement to cover  expenses incurred to come to the US, or for additional needs during their study.  Other donors are welcome.



The UPAAA PEF was started late in 2022 and is currently almost $170,000.


and be counted in the  Founders' Circle

MEETsome of the first donors to the UPAAA PEF.

The Matching PEF Offer, featured below,  has been completed. 

UP College of Medicine alumnus, Jerry L. Soriano, MD, donated a matching fund. 

Thank you, Dr. Soriano!

UPAAA welcomes other donors who may wish to start similar Matching PEF offers. 

Email us at info@upaainamerica.org to set up an appointment with the PEF committee to discuss your offer.


to the UPAAA Permanent Endowment Fund

One of the members of the UPAAA PEF Founders' Circle is matching every donation to a fund intended for an annual grant to a junior faculty member of the UP Diliman College of Science, up to $15,000.

Take advantage of a year-end tax deduction by contributing to charitable organizations, such as UPAAA!  Send in your donation before December 15, 2023.

      About the UP Diliman College of Science

This is a sprawling campus within the UP Diliman campus housing several institutes and programs for undergraduates, graduate students and research:

Institute of Biology | Institute of Chemistry | Institute of Environmental Science & Meteorology | National Institute of Geological Sciences | Marine Science Institute | Materials Science & Engineering Program | Institute of Mathematics | National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology | National Institute of Physics | Science & Society Program | Material Sciences Research Institute | Computational Science Research Center | College of Science Library

The U.P. Diliman College of Science

also called The National Science Complex

Institutes and programs

"Science should not be so difficult to pursue. It should be an arm’s reach to every child who ever looked at the night sky and dreamed of one-day exploring galaxies. It should not have to be a resilience story of going through mountains and rivers just to receive the education that everyone is entitled to. It should not be a one-in-a-million feat to be standing with us today."

The World as Laboratory

FULL TEXT: Response on Behalf of the 2023 Graduating Undergraduate Class of the College of Science

Mary June Ricaña

Read the full address of Mary June Ricaña on behalf of the 2023 graduating undergraduate class of the College of Science. (Click the title of her response above)

Meet grantees of stipend scholarships at the UP College of Public Health

Meet a grantee of a stipend scholarship from the International Women Artists Inc. (IWA), administered by UPAAA

UPAAA Spotlight

Meet Emmanuel de Leon, Jr., conductor, recipient of the UPAAA International Student Assistance Grant (ISAG) in 2021, performing with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra

Emmanuel de Leon, Jr., Conductor

Meet one of the recipients of the International Student Assistance Grant (ISAG), donated by Dr. Francisco S. Sy, and administered by UPAAA. 

We try to check up on our grantees and find out what obstacles they encounter in their academic journey, and sometimes they tell us about their problems.

"To be honest, I am having a problem sustaining my transportation allowance for my OJT (On the job training).....there is no government compensation for .... interns. I travel everyday via 4 modes of transportation (tricyle, EDSA carousel bus, MRT and jeepney) going to the office, and the same setup when I go back home. This was been my routine for almost a month now. Big percentage of my allowance goes into transportation fare. .. I allot P160 for transportation and P160 for food." ......One of the recipients of a donor-funded grant

So we "pass the hat", usually among members of the UPAAA Board.  Even a little bit helps e.g., $150 will help sustain this grantee through the summer break while he fulfills his OJT.  The money was transferred to him within 24 hours. We wish we had a ready cash fund for situations like this.

His response to the cash transfer:

"I just want to extend my deepest gratitude to you and your families for this midyear term allowance. It will greatly help my problems during my on-the-job training. "

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