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Manuel E. Arguilla Scholarship in Literature

Manuel E. Arguilla Scholarship in Literature

Scholarship Background

The Manuel E. Arguilla Scholarship in Literature was established in 1975.

Manuel Arguilla was an Ilokano writer in English, patriot, and martyr. He is known for his widely anthologized short story “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife,” the main story in the collection “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife and Other Short Stories” which won first prize in the Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940.

His stories “Midsummer” and “Heat” was published in the Tondo, Manila by the Prairie Schooner.

He became a creative writing teacher at the University of Manila and later worked at the Bureau of Public Welfare as managing editor of the bureau’s publication Welfare Advocate until 1943. He was later appointed to the Board of Censors. He secretly organized a guerrilla intelligence unit against the Japanese.

In October 1944, he was captured, tortured and executed by the Japanese army at Fort Santiago.

Scholarship Benefits

P 3,000.00/semester

Funds with UP Investment Portfolio

Seed Money: P 26,303.59
Balance: P 161,016.02

Scholarship Qualifications

1. must be bona fide students of the College of Arts and Letters;
2. must have at least one semester’s residence in the college;
3. must have enrolled in at least 15 units during the immediately preceding semester, if undergraduate students; at least 9 units if graduate;
4. must have passed all the subjects enrolled in during the immediately preceding semester;
5. must show proof of talent in creative writing in terms of published work or manuscript.

Scholarship Requirements

scholarship is renewable every semester.

Renewal: must pass all subjects

Number of Slots


Scholarship Application Schedule

Application Period Exam Schedule Scholarship Results Date
June no examinations to be announced by UP Diliman OSSS

Scholarship Exam Coverage

  • none


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