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Jake Ricafrente, doctoral student in English (creative writing-poetry), has been awarded a $25,000 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. He will use the scholarship to be in residence at the University of the Philippines during 2010-2011, where he will produce a verse translation of the 19th-century Tagalog poem "Florante at Laura" as well as a collection of essays related to the experiences of Filipinos at the end of World War II and during the rebuilding that followed the war.

The purpose of the Rotary Ambassodorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.