Projects

The UPAAA-NSW Scholarship Grant

About The Project

The UPAAA-NSW Scholarship Grant  was established to sponsor the education of academically deserving but indigent Filipino students in the University of the Philippines.  The very first grant was given in 1982 to a Mass Communication student.  It was revived during the term of Gilda Balasoto (UPAAA-NSW President, 2006-2008) as the Association’s main contribution to the University of the Philippines’ Centennial Celebration in 2008.  Recognising the success of this endeavor and the warm response of the members, the Scholarship Grant has become the Association’s flagship project.


Terms of the Grant

In accordance with the Association’s formal agreement with UP (signed by then UP President Emerlinda Roman), the Scholarship Office of UP in Diliman undertakes the recruitment and selection process. Applicants are assessed based on their academic grades during the previous semesters. In addition to the required academic performance of a weighted average of 2.5 with no grade of 5, the scholar is expected to enrol in at least 15 units per semester and not have been the subject of any disciplinary action.  Most importantly, the scholar must prove that he/she is financially needy (parents’ annual gross income must not exceed P200,000).

The Association earmarks an amount between $3,000 and $3,500 per student for the entire duration of the grant. This amount covers school fees, book and transportation allowances, and monthly stipend. The scholarship funds are remitted to and managed by UP until the duration of the grant. The Scholarship Committee, chaired by Dr. Corazon Catibog-Sinha, ensures that the funds are received by the scholars in due time and makes regular contacts with them during and even after the term of the scholarship.

UPAAA-NSW is proud to assist deserving undergraduate students from UP especially those who, because of financial hardships, cannot complete their degree.  For this reason, the Scholarship Project focuses on deserving students who are in the middle of their academic program to ensure they can continue on and eventually graduate. We hope that all our recipients, when their good time comes, will also help others in need.


The UPAAA-NSW Scholars 
(as of May 2016)

Reddy NunezRedd Nuñez
Campus: UP Visayas
Degree: B.S. Computer Science, 2008
Current Job: Research Associate AWS, Inc., Osaka, Japan

Graduation Message:
“More power and God speed! Thank you very much!”

Message for 35th Anniversary:
“Eight years had passed since I received the news that I will be your scholar, maybe call it luck or good timing, but my life and future changed for the better. When financial burdens are lifted on your shoulders, you see things in a different light, a light that is brighter and reachable. A light that changes the future. As the Japanese would say it, Omedetou Gozaimasu (Congratulations!) on your 35th year!”

Miko MasangkayMiko Masangkay
Campus: UP Los Banos
Degree: B.S. Agriculture (Animal Science), 2010
Current Job: Technical Specialist, San Miguel Foods Inc., Calauan, Laguna

Graduation Message:
“Thank you for your confidence in me. If given a chance, I would like to return the favor you’ve given me in one way or the other.”

 

 

Mea Joy AvergonzadoMea Joy Avergonzado
Campus: UP Mindanao
Degree: B.S. Computer Science, 2012
Current Job: Software Developer, Apollo Technologies, Davao City

Message for 35th Anniversary:
“Congratulations on your 35th anniversary, UPAAA-NSW! I would like to express my sincere gratitude for being one of the recipients of the UPAAA-NSW Australia Scholarship. Your generous support helped me greatly in achieving my goals. I got quality education despite poverty. I have been working with an IT company as a software developer for almost three years now. Being able to provide for my family’s needs gives me a sense of fulfillment. All of these would not be possible without the kindness extended to me by the scholarship program. Thank you for the opportunity!”

Bernice CortesBernice Cortes
Campus: UP Baguio
Degree: B.A. Social Science (Anthropology), 2012
Current Job: Instructor, Panpacific University of North Philippines, Urdaneta, Pangasinan

Graduation Message:
“I would like extend my deepest and warmest gratitude to each and every one behind this organization especially to Dr. Sinha who keeps in touch with us scholars that made us feel more connected with the group that supports us.”

Message for 35th Anniversary:
“I extend my sincerest gratitude to UPAAA-NSW for all the support. Getting to work in a big event management company in Dubai where I can apply what I have been trained for in the university is more than what I asked for. Cheers to your 35th year and more power!”

Manuel “Chase” Castaño IIIManuel Chase Castano III
Campus: UP Diliman
Degree: B.S. Community Development cum laude, 2014
Current Job: Science Research Analyst, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Nueva Ecija

Graduation Message:
Read Chase’s letter to UPAAA-NSW here
Listen to Chase’s interview with SBS Radio Filipino here

Message for 35th Anniversary:
“I join the UPAAA-NSW community in celebration of its rich history, and share an unbounded optimism in its continued impact and relevance in shaping and enriching the lives of the Iskolar ng Bayan. The Association’s long tradition of committed public service continues to inspire me. Padayon UPAAA-NSW on your 35th Anniversary!”

John Patrick DaytoJohn Patrick Dayto
Campus: UP Visayas – Tacloban College
Degree: B.S. Accountancy (ongoing)

 

 

 

Kristine Ann Robles
Campus: UP Visayas – Tacloban College
Degree: B.A. Communication Arts (2016)

Current job: Quality Assurance Analyst, Teletrasform, Inc. Ortigas, PasigKristine Ann Robles 200

 

“The degree I earned is not solely my own but of everyone who extended support for my studies. UPAAA-NSW being one of them, has played a significant role in fulfilling my goal of graduating from the most prestigious university in the country and I express my heartfelt gratitude. Out of all the other students who also face financial difficulties because of the commercialized character of the Philippine education system, I am nonetheless thankful that I became a beneficiary of their scholarship program. Because of the existence of institutions like UPAAA-NSW, the underprivileged are still able to achieve their dreams. UPAAA-NSW is truly a blessing. However, I still hope for the time when financial aid from a third-party is no longer a necessity that the state itself will ensure that everyone regardless of their economic status will be able to enjoy a nationalist, scientific, and mass-oriented education fully serving the Filipino masses. More power to UPAAA-NSW. Thank you UPAAA-NSW.

Gabrielle Katalbas Buena
Campus: UP Visayas-Iloilo
Degree: BA Political Science/Psychology

My gratitude to UPAA-NSW for giving me the scholarship grant. This certainly would help me finish my BA Political Science-Psychology at the UPVisayas as my family is financially challenged. After I graduate, I want to enroll in a law school to specialize in criminal law, since it has been my dream to give some sense of justice to the world.

Fundraising

The main fundraiser for this project is the Oblation Cup Golf Tournament, initiated in 2008 under the able chairmanship of Dr. Corazon Alvarez-Francisco (UPAAA-NSW President, 2000-2002) and her husband, Engr. Ferdi Francisco.  Due to the success of the first tournament, the event has since been held every Easter Monday.

The donations from friends, benefactors, and members of the Association have been helpful, and  we hope that they will continue to pour in because the Scholarship Grant is supporting new and more scholars.  Should you wish to assist this project, you may send your cheque or money order payable to UPAAA-NSW Chapter, Inc. to our postal address:  PO Box 270 Penshurst LPO, Penshurst, NSW 2222.  Your donations will be greatly appreciated.