The Philippine-American Association of Madison & Neighboring Areas (PAMANA) has announced that Maya Barut of Madison East High School and Ebba Harrison of Waunakee High School will each receive $1,000 scholarships to begin their post-high school careers.
PAMANA is a nonprofit organization whose mission includes “fostering unity and harmony among Filipino, Filipino-American, and local communities in south-central Wisconsin.” PAMANA promotes Filipino cultural education and also provides aid and assistance to humanitarian projects both in the local community and distressed communities in the Philippines.
Maya will major in biology at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and has been awarded a four-year Founder’s Scholarship from Grinnell worth $108,000. A member of the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society, Maya also ran cross-country and track for Madison East and played violin in the orchestra, according to a press release from PAMANA, and has contributed a significant amount of time volunteering for PAMANA events, including Paskong Pinoy, the summer picnic, cooking demonstrations and others.
Ebba plans to major in interior architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been selected for the Mercile J. Lee Scholars program, which includes a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She was a guard on the Waunakee Warriors varsity basketball team and co-sports editor of the school newspaper, The Purple Sage.
Harrison has a strong background in Spanish and will have completed Spanish VI upon graduation, according to a press release from PAMANA, and has put that skill to good use as a volunteer at the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection.