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50 Sarangani students get scholarship from US State Department

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ALABEL, Sarangani (September 23, 2009) – The US State Department has granted 50 students of Colon National High School in Maasim the English Access Micro-scholarship Program launched Tuesday (September 22) in partnership with Synergeia Foundation and Quality Education for Sarangani Today (QUEST). The program is an initiative of the United States Embassy in the Philippines and [...]

ALABEL, Sarangani (September 23, 2009) – The US State Department has granted 50 students of Colon National High School in Maasim the English Access Micro-scholarship Program launched Tuesday (September 22) in partnership with Synergeia Foundation and Quality Education for Sarangani Today (QUEST).

The program is an initiative of the United States Embassy in the Philippines and the US State Department that aims to nurture the intellectual abilities of students who are potential leaders of their indigenous and disadvantaged communities.

“You can be as successful as you want to be,” said Martha Buckley, United States Embassy cultural affairs officer.

Buckley emphasized on the importance of the English language and English-speaking skill “in our much globalized world”.

“We need to find a way to talk to one another in business and other fields. We need to have a common language,” Buckley said.

English has evolved and become an international language after Greek, Latin, and French languages.

“It was a competition,” said Dr. Milwida Guevarra, Synergeia Foundation chief executive officer.

“At first Colon National High School was recommended for the scholarship so we made a proposal. Washington reviewed the proposal and finally approved it,” Guevarra added.

“Kayo ang munting inspirasyon namin (You are our little inspirations),” Governor Migs Dominguez told the students.

“You are the cream of the crop. After two years, let’s show them that we are the best in the Philippines,” the governor added.

“This is an opportunity for you, parents and children to show your best,” Mayor Aniceto Lopez, Jr. said.

The program has a total budget of $35,600 covering salaries, books and instructional materials, transportation, administration and enhancement activities of the students for two years.

Curita Nani is one of the thankful recipients of the program.

“I want to be a nurse someday and help my parents,” Nani said.

None of Nani’s 11 siblings is a professional or finished college. Her father goes fishing as their source of income while her mother Sapiya keeps the house.

“Daku gyud kayo akong pasalamat sa mga nagtabang kay kung wala sila makonsensya gyud ko nga dili makaeskwela akong anak (I am very thankful to those who help us because without them I will feel very guilty not being able to send my daughter to school),” Nani’s mother said.

“After I finish my studies, I will also make a program on education to help other children finish their studies,” honor student Adrian Ladres said.

The students will receive one hour intensive academic session after regular class everyday for two years including summer (8 hours a day for 10 days). (Russtum G. Pelima/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)


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