2021 Scholarship Recipients

Lemuel Vince Rivera

Dr. Felix Agcaoili Memorial Scholar

Lemuel is a first-year medical student at UCSF. He immigrated from the Philippines when he was eight years old and had several challenges, including his mother’s leukemia which led him to a career in medicine. He finished his undergraduate studies at California State University - Fresno with a Major in Biochemistry and Minor in Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude. He was in a unique curriculum called San Joaquin Valley in Medical Education that prepared students to become leaders in healthcare in one of the most underserved areas in California, the San Joaquin Valley (Fresno in particular). Since enrolling at UCSF, he has led several student activities and organizations. He is also undertaking research projects related to kidney disease, substance-abuse disorders, and orthopedics. He plans to return to Fresno and serve there as a community physician.

Lemuel Vince Rivera - Dr. Felix Agcaoili Memorial Scholar
Matthew Roces - Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Award

Matthew Roces

Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Award

Matthew is a first-year medical student at UCSF. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with an emphasis in Infectious Disease from UC Berkeley and California State University East Bay. Prior to his enrollment at UCSF, he was the executive director of the Mabuhay Health Clinic in San Francisco from 2017-2018. He continues his volunteer work there as one of the medical students and coordinators. He was a student volunteer during the PMSNC’s medical mission to Laoag, Philippines in January 2018. During his undergraduate years he undertook research projects on diabetes and neurobiology. He is a recipient of a research fellowship award from the UCSF Department of Orthopedics. Matthew is deeply committed to becoming a dedicated community physician.

Eva Mae Bayudan

PMSNC President Award

Eva Mae is a first-year medical student at UCSF and will be graduating in May 2023. She finished undergraduate studies at UCLA with a Bachelor of Science Major in Integrative Biology and Physiological Science. She was on the Dean’s Honors List and is a Summa Cum Laude. She has been immersed in her medical studies, focusing on primary care issues, and participating in research related to geriatrics and mental health. She has still found time to undertake leadership roles in the Asian Pacific Islander Students Medical Association. She is also a regular student volunteer of the Mabuhay Health Clinic in San Francisco, an underserved area of the city.

Eva Mae Bayudan - PMSNC President Award

About Our Scholarship Grants

The PMSNC Scholarship Awards Program was created in 1986 by Dr. Lourdes Olivares-Agcaoili at the request of PMSNC President Dr. William Candelario. The scholarship awards are granted to three Filipino American students every year. A scholarship committee selects the awardees based on their financial need and scholastic rating. Originally, the society held annual fundraising campaigns to fund the scholarship grants, until 1989 when Dr. Jose Rodriquez established the PMSNC Scholarship Endowment Fund. The goal was to raise and invest $50,000 and use the dividends as the source of the scholarship grants. $27,540 of the initial amount was donated to the Endowment Fund in honor of the late Dr. Felix Agcaoili.

The three scholarship awards today are the "Dr. Felix Agcaoili Memorial Scholarship", the "Dr. Jose Rodriguez Scholarship" and the "Dr. Rodolfo S. Duterte Scholarship".


  • Applicant must be an American of Filipino heritage
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited medical school in Northern California (UCSF, UCD and Stanford University)

Criteria for eligibility is also based on a student's financial need and scholastic rating.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship grant, fill out an application form online.