The Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association, as the name implies, is the organization of Ateneo de Manila University alumni who enjoyed a scholarship grant while pursuing their college degree. Upon graduation, all scholars automatically become members of AASA.
AASA serves as the channel for alumni scholars’ generosity, a way for paying forward the benefits they have received in the past by virtue of a good education from an excellent institution to the present and future generation. The purpose of its existence embodies Ateneo’s motto of being men and women for others.
Back in August 1987, Fr. William H. Kreutz, who was then the Director of the Office of Admission and Aid (OAA), called on a few alumni scholars and asked them for donations and pledges of support to create the Scholars-for-Scholars Scholarship Fund (SSSF) under the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation. A core group of alumni scholars who regularly met with the OAA Director helped build the (SSSF) fund throughout the years to sponsor new scholars at the Ateneo.
The first batch of SSSF scholars graduated in 1991 and from then until 2009, through the collective efforts of alumni scholars consistently contributing to the fund, a total of 76 scholars were able to receive the gift of an Ateneo education and proudly graduate.
It was in 2002 when the name Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association was conceived for better representation of the group of people behind the scholarship fund.
Who are the people behind AASA?
Volunteer alumni scholars comprise the AASA Executive Committee or EXECOM which sets the direction of the group and its program of action. Along with the OAA Assistant Director and a Project Officer, they meet every month to ensure that projects are implemented and goals are met. They not only seek donations from former scholars but also carry out events (such as raffles, parties, movie premieres and the like) not just to raise funds but also to foster camaraderie among AASA members and current scholars of the Ateneo.