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Monday, August 8, 2011

City of Bogo - New Scholars Named

Seven new scholars were chosen to receive assistance for their tertiary education by the Bogo City Government, adding to the current eighty seven deserving student beneficiaries.

The seven scholars are Mary Apple Balunan, Sarah Jane Metante, Richell Ann Hidalgo, Fiel Anthony Francisco, Garyphike Pelaez, Mary Faith Crodua, and Archer Lepon Jr., coming from the different barangays of the city. They took and passed the qualifying examination last May 18-21, 2011 held at Bogo City Hall.

“I, for one, know how valuable education is to each and every people. I am very much committed to giving our youth a scholarship program so that they can realize their deeply-felt hopes and dreams in their lives,’’ expressed Honorable Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr., the city mayor.

The City of Bogo Scholarship Program has long been giving support to many Bogohanons who are very much eager and hopeful to continue their tertiary schooling. With the mission of making the future bright for every constituent of the city, it has persistently and continuously accepted many aspiring students year after year with the applicants undergoing proper screening and evaluation before making their entry to the scholarship program of the City of Bogo.

From the time it first existed up to the present, it has already helped a good number of students finish their college courses. Just last March 2011, 47 scholars were able to graduate, 32 of them were cadets of the Southwestern University Maritime Regiment under the Study Now Pay Later Program of the city mayor, and the rest finished baccalaureate degrees from the prestigious and distinguished universities and colleges in Cebu City as well as in Bogo itself.

“To the man I owe priceless gratitude; a man who serves as the father of Bogohanons; a man with real passion in helping the less productive people in the society to alleviate and improve their lives; a man who serves as an instrument and an initiator for the realization of the dreams of the young Bogohanons who thought before that their dreams are just illusions. I am thankful to the mayor for his unselfish support for attaining my college education. And now, I am about to begin the second step of my journey towards success. I salute to the mayor,” said Ricky Flores, one of the appreciative cadets of the Maritime Regiment of SWU, now assigned at UNIVAN, Shipping Company.

In making their way to the scholar’s society.
Having been chosen to receive the grant for the pursuance of their education, these students were thankful for the opportunity. The said assistance will be provided on a quarterly basis as they go to college.

“Nagpasalamat kaayo ko og dako nga gihatagan mi og grasya gikan sa kahitas-an, pinaagi sa atong pinalanggang mayor sa Bogo. Usa gayud siya ka instrumento. Hinaot nga hatagan pa siya og taas-taas nga higayon pa nga mamuno og moserbisyo sa atong siyudad. Ang iyang programa usa gayud ka dakong tabang kanamong mga kabataan,” expressed Sarah Jane Metante, one of the new scholars.

With Engr. Wenceslao Cañete and Ms. Sheila Orcullo, as coordinators, the scholarship program unrelentingly inspires many young people to the realization that poverty is not a roadblock to success.

by Kenneth June Ybañez
July 2011 Issue, Vol. 1 No. 1

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