A Fashionable Scholarship Luncheon

Post-ThinkStartDo and amidst preparing for another big show I am replenishing my jewelry for a pop-up Luncheon and Spring Fashion Show this Sunday to support Filipino women. Ladies Who Lunch will be held on Sunday, April 17 from noon to 4 pm, and serves as a scholarship fundraiser.

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The fashion show will feature cocktail dresses and gowns, followed by a mini beauty and accessories Expo. You can walk down the long runway with a dress from the Sampaguita LookBook. You’ll have the opportunity to meet stylists from the famous “Rent the Runway”, and other special occasion dress boutiques.

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Makeup experts will be on hand with the freshest eye and lipstick colors for Spring. Shoe-obsessed Cinderellas, can peruse the latest in Spring footwear so that you can hit the streets in comfort and style. There will be raffles and prizes in the form of accessories from boutiques around Chicago, and some of these accessory makers and vendors will be at the expo as well.

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The Sampaguita Group was founded in 2015 for the purpose of awarding partial scholarships to Filipino American women attending college in the United States. I met group founder Rose Tibayan many years ago during a bachelorette party, and felt a kindred spiritness right away. Rose read a report in the Harvard Asian American Policy Review, identifying the phenomenon of “Downward Educational Mobility”affecting U.S.-born Filipino Americans. Due to cultural biases, studies show that female students may be experiencing more challenges than their male counterparts.

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The mission of The Sampaguita Group includes increasing public awareness, reversing the trend of educational downward mobility through educational programs, and assisting Filipino American organizations with establishing their own U.S.-based collegiate scholarship programs.

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The Sampaguita Group’s non-profit culture includes a solid commitment to reversing the trend of educational downward mobility by helping more U.S.-born Filipino American women graduate from college, recognition of personal achievement, and promotion of Filipino American culture. By investing in higher education we hope to increase the opportunity for Filipino American women to experience long-term academic and lifelong success.

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The Sampaguita Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization that awards partial scholarships to Filipino American women matriculated in colleges and universities in the United States. Ladies Who Lunch Luncheon and Spring Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, April 17 from noon at The Belvedere, 1170 West Devon in Elk Grove Village.

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Additional fundraising events are in the works, including the Sampaguita Ball, a Gala Dinner Dance and selection of scholarship winners on Saturday, August 6, 2016. 2015 scholarship recipients are listed here.

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