Accepting Applications for the Soledad Fernandez Scholarship

Deadline March 15, 2018

Click here for Application Instructions

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) started in Oakland in 1973 and in 1983 opened a second office in Union City. Our mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity.

The $5000 Soledad Fernandez Scholarship is endowed by the Cora and Pablo Tellez family who were inspired by Soledad Fernandez’s “zest for life and love for her family” among other qualities. Soledad provided loving care for Cora and Pablo’s infant son for which the Tellez family is eternally grateful. Tita was 74 years old when she started caring for their son.

Soledad “Tita” came to America after World War II with three young children to join her husband who preceded her to the US. The thrill of finally joining her husband and starting a new life together was short-lived. A month later her arrival her husband died making her the sole breadwinner for her family.

While college-educated with a degree in teaching, Tita was unable to find work as a teacher in the US. She found a job as a cafeteria worker on Treasure Island. There, she worked hard, made many friends, and with her earnings, managed to buy a house and send all 3 of her children to college.

Tita was not one to dwell on her personal sacrifices and hardships. Her gentle smile said it all — persevere and transcend whatever hardships life presents. Her faith in herself and the universe made her a pillar of strength for her family and her friends.

“Remarkably,” says Cora, “she volunteered to care for our infant son and he was as cherished and loved as if he were Tita’s own grandson. We were struck by her zest for life, her love for family, her intelligence, her intellectual curiosity, her interest in people, and her all-consuming love for baseball! She spoke three languages fluently. Her home was the gathering place for friends, family, and newly arrived Filipinos seeking opportunities in America. A woman of grace and courage, Tita was always interested in young people — what they thought of the world, how they saw life and trends. She was also very interested in how young people in America were coping with the opportunities and challenges presented to them. Tita was proud of being a Filipina in America”

Deadline March 15, 2018

For questions call Judith @ 510-465-9876

Click here for Application Instructions

Accepting Applications for the Soledad Fernandez Scholarship

Deadline March 15, 2018

Click here for Application Instructions

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) started in Oakland in 1973 and in 1983 opened a second office in Union City. Our mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity.

The $5000 Soledad Fernandez Scholarship is endowed by the Cora and Pablo Tellez family who were inspired by Soledad Fernandez’s “zest for life and love for her family” among other qualities. Soledad provided loving care for Cora and Pablo’s infant son for which the Tellez family is eternally grateful. Tita was 74 years old when she started caring for their son.

Soledad “Tita” came to America after World War II with three young children to join her husband who preceded her to the US. The thrill of finally joining her husband and starting a new life together was short-lived. A month later her arrival her husband died making her the sole breadwinner for her family.

While college-educated with a degree in teaching, Tita was unable to find work as a teacher in the US. She found a job as a cafeteria worker on Treasure Island. There, she worked hard, made many friends, and with her earnings, managed to buy a house and send all 3 of her children to college.

Tita was not one to dwell on her personal sacrifices and hardships. Her gentle smile said it all — persevere and transcend whatever hardships life presents. Her faith in herself and the universe made her a pillar of strength for her family and her friends.

“Remarkably,” says Cora, “she volunteered to care for our infant son and he was as cherished and loved as if he were Tita’s own grandson. We were struck by her zest for life, her love for family, her intelligence, her intellectual curiosity, her interest in people, and her all-consuming love for baseball! She spoke three languages fluently. Her home was the gathering place for friends, family, and newly arrived Filipinos seeking opportunities in America. A woman of grace and courage, Tita was always interested in young people — what they thought of the world, how they saw life and trends. She was also very interested in how young people in America were coping with the opportunities and challenges presented to them. Tita was proud of being a Filipina in America”

Deadline March 15, 2018

For questions call Judith @ 510-465-9876

Click here for Application Instructions