|Meet Our Scholars|
Welcome to the "Meet Our Scholars" Page. Here, you may read the profiles of our current and former AASA scholars.
Sophomores, SY 2012-13
An Ateneo scholar who plans to be a True Blue Atenean
“I thank AASA for finding ways for simple people like me to get the chance to grow and be part of a community whose values are worth living.”
“’Di ka pa ba nagsasawa sa Ateneo?”
Hi! I’m John Patrick J. Puache. I keep hearing this question frequently from friends asking me from which grade school or high school I came from. Yes, I plan to be a true blue Atenean.
Although it’s indeed easier said than done, it’s harder to choose something when you’re offered a set of good options. A similar scenario would be my experience in choosing to go to Ateneo since my grade school years.
Years ago, when I was a recent graduate of the Ateneo Grade School, I had the choice to pick Philippine Science High School for the sake of saving my parents the burden of paying tuition. It saddens me though to say goodbye to the school where I’ve spent my elementary days. Our parents were trying to support the studies of four boys and it wasn’t easy for them, given that my mom gave up nursing abroad to stay here and to see to it that we would grow into decent men. Since my mom was the only one who finished her studies, relatives from her side would ask for financial aid from us to pay for house rents in the province. Some, from time to time, even reside at our home.
Fortunately, I was informed that I had a benefactor who will support my stay in the Ateneo High School. With the generosity of its OAA and my benefactor, Equicom, my high school Ateneo education was taken care of.
Then, roughly two years ago, I was faced again with the choice between attending two good schools for my undergraduate studies, the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo. I chose the latter because luckily, I was given a financial aid scholarship courtesy of the Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association (AASA). Looking back, I’m glad that I need not choose between helping my parents and going to my dream school, knowing now that I could do both thanks to AASA.
In the end, it was a win-win situation. I would just like to continue studying in the Ateneo. I believe I’m still young with so much to learn from this institution but I’m hoping to give back to the community that has done much for me.
Ultimately, I’m glad to receive a scholarship for my college life in the Ateneo. I thank AASA for finding ways for simple people like me to get the chance to grow and be part of a community whose values are worth living. I thank AASA, its chair members, supporters and fellow scholars for making my dreams possible and inspiring me to do more.
“God answered my prayers when He used AASA as a way for me to enter the Ateneo.”
“To this day, I am grateful to AASA for this opportunity to study in the Ateneo; for the chance to have not only the Ateneo education, but also the values and life lessons that I will experience and learn in my college journey.”
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I am Moses S. Cam, but many of my friends call me Moy. I come from the city of Davao, where I finished my high school in Davao Christian High School. I am currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics Major in Mathematical Finance in the Ateneo de Manila University.
The bible says in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." After being a part of the Ateneo Junior Summer Seminar, I had my heart set on studying in the Ateneo. However, I knew that our family was struggling financially, and a chance to study in the Ateneo seemed an impossible dream. I have been praying for this plan, for God's will to be done in my life; college would be the next challenge I would have to hurdle after high school. I know that it would greatly affect my future and character as an individual. God answered my prayers when He used AASA as a way for me to enter the Ateneo. To be honest, I never would have thought that I would be able to study in such a fine University as the Ateneo. I applied to a lot of colleges, but it was the Atenean principles that really called to me. Aside from academic excellence, I yearn for the Ignatian values that will make me a person-for-others, and I believe that the Ateneo is the perfect place for me to mold myself in all of these things.
To this day, I am grateful to AASA for this opportunity to study in the Ateneo; for the chance to have not only the Ateneo education, but also the values and life lessons that I will experience and learn in my college journey. Truly, God has used you as a means to bless not just me, but my fellow scholars as well. Thank you for your generosity. You have helped my parents in our financial struggle, and you have helped us scholars get one step closer to our dreams. Someday, I hope to be able to reciprocate your kindness by supporting other deserving scholars as well.
To God be the glory!
"Without the scholarship given by the AASA,
studying in Ateneo is impossible for me."
“Thank you, my dear benefactors for believing in my capacities. Thanks also to the AASA for inviting me to be a part of a family that supports capable yet financially challenged students."
I am Shane Visaga, an incoming sophomore currently taking up BS Applied Physics with Applied Computer Systems. After graduating, I want to pursue further studies abroad in the field of Medical Physics and someday contribute to the advancements in medical cure.
Being a person who enjoys learning and helping others, the holistic Ateneo education is ideal for me. Besides the strong background the Ateneo can give me in the field I want to pursue, I am also after the spiritual development and social awareness that it teaches.
Without the scholarship given by the AASA, studying in Ateneo is impossible for me. Thank you, my dear benefactors for believing in my capacities. Thanks also to the AASA for inviting me to be a part of a family that supports capable yet financially challenged students.
Proud Albayano reaches her dream of studying
in the Ateneo
“I give my utmost gratitude to AASA for giving me the opportunity of having an Ateneo education. Thank you very much!”
I am Camille Astrid O. Britanico and I am a proud Albayano. I am currently taking up AB Psychology in the Ateneo de Manila University and, I am a scholar of the AASA.
Juniors, SY 2012-13
“Ateneo seemed too high a dream for me to reach,
yet here I am.”
“Thank you AASA! For giving me this opportunity to study in Ateneo! Thank you for giving me and my family a chance for a better, brighter future. Thank you for the warmth and generosity you shower to your scholars.”
Nina Margarita R. Castrillo, or Meg is a Junior in the Ateneo with the course of BS Management Information Systems and is an AASA scholar. Let us listen to her story on how she got in the Ateneo and how her scholarship means to her.
I am Nina Margarita R. Castrillo. Majority of my friends call me "Meg". I am 17 years old turning 18 on June 26, 2011. Davao City is my home where I studied in Davao City National High School. Currently, I am enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems here in Ateneo de Manila University, with AASA as my benefactor.
“For all of these, I would like to thank the AASA and all its members so much. Through your generosity and continued loyalty to the spirit of giving back, I am able to find my calling inside the walls of the Ateneo. I will not waste the chance you have gifted me with and make my four year stay here worthwhile. I hope that when I graduate, I will be able to support others in their studying as you have supported me. God bless the AASA!”
- Gala Sanchez
Gala Angeni Q. Sanchez or Gala is a Junior in the Ateneo with the course of AB Communication and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear what she has to say about being an AASA scholar.
Being an AASA scholar brings more and more chances for me to grow in the Ateneo. When I was first informed of being accepted as one of the few privileged to have this grant, I didn't know what to make of it. I didn't know the difference between being directly under the wings of this association from being your average scholar.
Then I was able to work at the AASA office, and my eyes were opened. I began to understand the importance of giving back to help others reach their dream too. In the few hours I spent working at the 3rd floor of Bellamine, I became more and more thankful of knowing who my benefactors are and how they help others like me to study here in the Ateneo.
Being an AASA scholar has given me more than just a chance to have a good education and studying in a school I never even thought I could go to. It provided me with a home, a place where I could be closer to people who were once in my position as well. It also taught me the importance of helping others, of sharing the blessings you've received with the next generation of scholars. This is something I hope to remain true to especially after I graduate.
For all of these, I would like to thank the AASA and all its members so much. Through your generosity and continued loyalty to the spirit of giving back, I am able to find my calling inside the walls of the Ateneo. I will not waste the chance you have gifted me with and make my four year stay here worthwhile. I hope that when I graduate, I will be able to support others in their studying as you have supported me. God bless the AASA!
-Sharmaine V. Hernandez
I used to believe that the Ateneo education’s being a holistic one was just a cliché. Well, that was until the moment that I actually started attending my classes. Everything suddenly felt surreal to me. It was like facing an entirely fresh start but with much more equipment to begin my new life with. With the help of the Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association (AASA), I knew from then on that I can really stand out and make a difference.
I do not regret studying in the Ateneo. I do not regret choosing to be away from my friends. I do not regret setting foot in the AASA office to be interviewed by fellow Ateneans. I do not regret wanting to be more of what I was destined to be. I do not regret choosing to become a woman for others.
I plan to go to Med school in the near future and pursue my dream of becoming a pediatrician. I also plan to be an AASA benefactor once I graduate so that I can share the remarkable opportunity that it has granted me. I wish to help others reach their goals and dreams because I will forever be thankful to AASA for giving me the chance to be the woman that I want to be.
Noel L. Clemente is a Junior in the Ateneo with the course of Applied Mathematics (Majoring in Mathematical Finance) and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear his story and learn how much his scholarship means to him.
I am Noel L. Clemente, a proud 16-year-old alumnus of the Manila Science High School, currently taking up a Bachelor of Science course in Applied Mathematics (majoring in Mathematical Finance) in the Ateneo de Manila University as an AASA scholar.
“I’ll always be thankful to AASA and its board of directors who have given me the chance to experience the gift of an Ateneo education.”
“I’ll always be thankful to AASA and its board of directors who have given me the chance to experience the gift of an Ateneo education. It is one that I value highly, for without this scholarship, I would not have been able to pursue my chosen course. Thank you so much!”
Natasha Marie T. Basul, or Tasha, is a third year BS Communications Technology Management student and an AASA scholar.
Kristopher Jayson C. Bondoc, is a junior in the Ateneo de Manila University taking up BS Chemistry and Applied Computer Systems and is an AASA scholar. Here, Kristopher answers the questions why he chose the Ateneo as his school, what he plans to after graduation and, how much his scholarship means to him.
Seniors, SY 2012-13
A Scholar Who Wants to Know God in a Deeper Way
“I feel honored to be part of the AASA family.”
“To the AASA and the benefactors, I thank you for having this organization. I feel honored to be part of the AASA family. You are a blessing to us scholars and our parents. Thank you for helping us reach for our dreams. May God bless you always.”
Dianne Faith B. Cirunay is a 4th year BS Applied Mathematics major in Mathematical Finance student in the Ateneo and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear her story and how much her scholarship means to her.
*This write up was written in her freshman year.
I am Dianne Faith B. Cirunay, a 16 year old freshman of the Ateneo de Manila University. I am currently taking up the course BS Applied Mathematics major in Mathematical Finance. I came from a family of 8 residing at Tagbilaran City, Bohol. I am the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Marques J. Cirunay. I have three older brothers and two younger sisters.
As I’ve said graduates of Ateneo land great jobs. I hope and pray that when I graduate, I would be able to find a one that would help me reach my dreams. I also plan to take up further studies because I believe that education is the key to further success.
“I feel so blessed being given this wonderful gift of an Ateneo Education and all the opportunities that come with it.”
“I am glad to have the opportunity to thank the Board of Directors of AASA for their generosity and for choosing me to be one of the association’s scholars. I feel so blessed being given this wonderful gift of an Ateneo Education and all the opportunities that come with it.”
Edriel Monique D. Cotaco is a 4th year BS Communications Technology Management student in the Ateneo and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear her story and learn how much her scholarship means to her.
I think that the Ateneo has always been true to its mission-vision and this is reflected in the quality education it offers. Aside from the environment and the people, I think that the Ateneo will be the most suitable place for me to grow as an individual of service to others because of the opportunities it presents whether to excel academically or to be involved socially.
PLANS IN THE FUTURE
I hope to work in a multi-national company where I can utilize everything I have learned. From my experience there, I hope to put-up my own business and help support the education of my younger brother.
I am glad to have the opportunity to thank the Board of Directors of AASA for their generosity and for choosing me to be one of the association’s scholars. I feel so blessed being given this wonderful gift of an Ateneo Education and all the opportunities that come with it. I hope that someday, I will also be able to touch young lives, to nurture budding aspirations and to spark change for those who are less fortunate seeking the education I am having right now.
“It is like finding a gem from a pile of rough stones. It is one of the greatest blessings I have received from God.”
“Words are not enough for me to thank AASA for believing in me and for helping me reach for the stars. My sincerest gratitude goes to you AASA! I hope you will continue to help more deserving students and inspire more lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
I am Lorenz Ray B. Payonga, a 4th year BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) student of the Ateneo de Manila University. I consider the opportunity to study in a prestigious academic institution such as the Ateneo as one of the greatest gifts I have ever received, thus far. Sparing my parents from spending for my academic expenses makes the Ateneo education closer to my heart.
The Ateneo had always been my dream school. In the province, Ateneo is often equated as a university for the elite – for those who belong in the upper ranks of society. However, for me and for the 15% of the Ateneo students, that is not the case. I came from Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School, a general public school in Guinobatan, Albay, which I believed had equipped me with sufficient knowledge and experience to enable me to get into the Ateneo. With enough motivation from my family, mentors, and friends, I was able to get into my dream school proving that products of the public school system like me are capable of reaching higher heights and soaring further. As I set foot in the Ateneo, I have yet to prove more of myself, work harder, and fulfill my duties and responsibilities as a student given the privilege of being an Atenean. Despite getting accepted by the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas, I know that Ateneo’s adequate facilities, highly qualified teachers and personnel, effective programs, and holistic curriculum makes it the best choice. I believe that Ateneo will not just make me excel in my chosen field but will also make me a better person with values and character.
AASA’s scholarship grant means a lot to me. The rare opportunity to be gifted with an Ateneo education without paying for its high cost allows me to show how much I value my family’s support for my education ever since. It is like finding a gem from a pile of rough stones. It is one of the greatest blessings I have received from God. It is something I will treasure forever. It motivates me more to pursue for excellence and to do my best – magis as we Ateneans call it – and to be man for others.
After graduation, I plan to work as an engineer at a multinational company. I hope I can pursue further studies abroad on Materials Science and Engineering under scholarship to reinforce and supplement my knowledge on Electronics and Communications Engineering and develop better materials, especially in the fields of optics, photonics, electronics, and communications. Eventually, after all the academic stuff, I wish I could have my own company and earn enough to give back to my family, and my schools from pre-school to Ateneo. Actually, my friends (who are also scholars) and I would want to donate someday for the construction of a big and high-tech and state-of-the-art facility dedicated for physics and engineering to the Ateneo.
After having completed one academic year in the Ateneo, I have never failed to recognize the value of the support the AASA extends to me. Words are not enough for me to thank AASA for believing in me and for helping me reach for the stars. My sincerest gratitude goes to you AASA! I hope you will continue to help more deserving students and inspire more lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
AASA Scholars of Batch 2012
“For me, being admitted to the premier
“Truly, I express my sincere gratitude to the Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association for supporting my education. I continue to live my dream as an Ateneo student, despite the constraints that surround me, thanks to the AASA.”
- Jan de la Cruz
Jan Karlo N. de la Cruz is a 4th year BS Management Information Systems student and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear his story on why he chose Ateneo and how much his scholarship means to him.
As a high school senior, I actually had several options for my college education, as I had landed scholarships in other universities like UP Diliman and De La Salle. At first, it was really hard to choose among these top institutions, since I knew that all of them could offer me the quality of education that would serve as my foundation for a bright future. Also, I was considering the financial constraints that limited my options.
Why Ateneo then? Mainly because of its holistic approach to education and the degree of generosity it extends to financially challenged students like me. For me, being admitted to the premier university of this country with a full scholarship can undeniably be considered a blessing of unmatchable value. To be able to study in a reputable institution that fosters excellence, morality, and selflessness is like a dream come true for me.
Truly, I express my sincere gratitude to the Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association for supporting my education. I continue to live my dream as an Ateneo student, despite the constraints that surround me, thanks to the AASA. As a reciprocation of this generosity, I also do my part in upholding the excellence expected of a scholar, as I strive to make it to the Dean’s List every semester. I thank the AASA for the opportunity it has given me to learn, grow, and develop as an Atenean, as a learned individual with the spirit of Magis and cura personalis.
After I graduate, I plan to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science. Once I have done this, I hope to enter into an IT company here in the Philippines and work for the technological progress of this country as an MIS professional. If time and finances permit, I would also like to pursue specializations in IT which would further hone my skills. I also plan to be a benefactor of AASA to help other deserving students pursue their dreams as well.
“I am very thankful to AASA for giving me the chance to be part of the Ateneo community.”
“I am very thankful to AASA for giving me the chance to be part of the Ateneo community. I am very grateful for this opportunity to partake of the holistic education that I have always dreamt of. For all of these and the promise of a very good future, I am indebted to AASA.”
- Mico Supremo
I, Noel Michael S. Supremo, am a BS Health Sciences student in the Ateneo de Manila University and an AASA scholar.
The very first time I heard of the Ateneo de Manila was back in freshman year of High school. What I heard about it was also the main reason why I chose the Ateneo as the institution I would go to. The Ateneo, being one of the finest schools in the country, produces excellent graduates that are not only knowledgeable in their respective fields but are also well-developed in the areas that are not part of their field of expertise. The sense that a holistic education and formation awaits inside the prestigious university motivated me to do well in my studies so that I might qualify to enter it in the future.
I knew back then that entering the Ateneo would be very difficult, not just because of the level of academic standards, but also for many various reasons. Providentially, through persistence and hard work, I was able to attain admission to the university. And thanks to AASA, I was given the chance to enter as a scholar.
I am very thankful to AASA for giving me the chance to be part of the Ateneo community. I am very grateful for this opportunity to partake of the holistic education that I have always dreamt of. For all of these and the promise of a very good future, I am indebted to AASA.
In the near future I plan to continue my studies in Med School and become a doctor. As of the moment though, I have no idea yet what specialization to take. Aware that medical professionals are needed more outside the Metro, I plan to work in my native place of Cagayan de Oro City and be of service to my local community. I plan to work hard so that more of our countrymen may experience physical well being and so that health issues may be addressed properly especially in the suburb communities far away from Manila.
“I thank my benefactors for giving me my prized possession which is my Ateneo scholarship.”
“I thank my benefactors for giving me my prized possession which is my Ateneo scholarship. Thank you for entrusting an average person like me the chance, the gift and the pride of being an Atenean. Thank you for making me experience my dream of an Ateneo education while awake.”
- Jay Saringan
Emanuel Josef V. Saringan or Jay, is a fourth year B.S. Computer Science student in the Ateneo and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear his story before entering the school and how his scholarship means to him.
My master plan since 1st year high school was to actually pass UPCAT and enter UP. I thought that I was 100% sure of this decision but after receiving the UPCAT and ACET results, the plan changed its course because of the scholarship being offered by Ateneo. After weeks of analyzing, consulting and reflecting on which college to enter, I decided to go to Ateneo. After 4 years of having the “enter UP” mindset, I ended up studying in Ateneo because of the keyword scholarship. It never occurred to my senses (prior to my reflection) to study in Ateneo because I thought that it was a school wherein only upper class people could enter. Receiving the scholarship was like a dream come true, literally. It was rather a fortunate event because during the time I was reflecting, I realized that an Ateneo education is a once in a lifetime opportunity which only a handful of people can receive. It is only in Ateneo that I can enjoy quality facilities, holistic development, secure environment, supportive faculty and the company of talented friends and classmates. So, given the numerous benefits of an Ateneo education at the price a middle-class family like ours could afford, I knew that Ateneo is the right choice. I know that many senior high school students would do everything just to be in my shoes that is why I treat my Ateneo scholarship as my prized possession. Doing ten service hours per semester is just a small price to pay compared to the efforts being poured in by the benefactors to raise scholars like me that is why I am challenged to do my best every semester. This, in turn, brings out the magis in me.
Other than the financial leverage given by the OAA, another major reason why I chose Ateneo is because it has the best faculty and facilities for my chosen field of study which is Computer Science. I know that with Ateneo, I can be the best computer scientist that I can be, a scientist who does not only use his brain but also his heart, and soul for a greater cause in the society. In the fortunate event that I graduate in Ateneo, I am planning to work in the enterprise sector of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field to somehow contribute in boosting the country’s economy. After which, if given the opportunity, I would want to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Science to hone my skills further because being a life-long learner is one trait which the Ateneo system instills to its students.
She has been given a chance to reach for her dreams,
She is determined to succeed and make a difference
“The first two years of my college life have been an adventure filled with so much learning and memorable experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I thank AASA and its supporters for making this adventure possible and journeying with me as I strive for my goals.”
Frances Anne A. Velante, or France, is a 4th year AB Management Economics student in the Ateneo de Manila University and is an AASA scholar.
Ateneo has always been Frances’ dream school. She and her family believe that this institution can enhance her potentials, inspire her to be at her best and help her grow as an individual that will one day be of service to society. Despite her family’s financial struggles, Frances is determined to face many challenges ahead and strive for excellence. With her genuine love for learning, she has worked hard to excel in academics and has also shared her time and talents to the Ateneo Community.
In the future, Frances plans to enter the corporate world to share her ideas and skills and hopefully inspire more people to work hard for what they aspire for. If given a chance, she also plans to take further studies in business and economics to broaden her knowledge about present issues and concerns so she can one day play an active role in promoting a holistic growth and development within the country that will cater the needs of its greater people.
A Girl’s Aspirations Come True despite
- Trisha Garcia
Trisha Mae G. Garcia is a 4th Year BS Management Engineering student in the Ateneo and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear her story and how much her scholarship means to her.
I am Trisha Mae G. Garcia, an Ateneo student pursuing BS Management Engineering. I am a financially-challenged student but charged with hope and aspirations. And it is all because I am a beneficiary of the compassionate reaching out of Ateneo Alumni Scholars’ Association (AASA).
Since grade six, when I first participated in Ateneo De Manila High School’s Tulong Dunong (TD) Program, I have dreamt of studying in Ateneo. Such desire even became stronger in high school when I was able to study in St. Scholastica’s Academy because of the scholarship provided by the said program of Ateneo. Gratitude has been the memory of my heart about Ateneo. Thus, I wanted to be like the generous and compassionate people who have helped me reach the stepping stone to my dreams; I wanted to be an Atenean.
With some twist of events on God’s hand, the result of ACET was released during the time my father was struggling from his severe stroke. In the midst of the bleakest and lowest moment of my life, Ateneo brought color, light and hope with its gift of education. The full scholarship granted to me was indeed God’s concrete evidence of providence and love. It was an encouragement that made me believe that all of us could indeed achieve all our dreams in life no matter what obstacles that might come along our way. Thus, without even seeing the results of my tests and scholarship application in other schools, I decided to go after my heart’s desire. I chose to strive for magis in order to give greater glory to God. I chose to become an Atenean.
Now, I am pursuing a management course in a hope that someday I would be able to reach all my dreams in life and give testimony to God’s marvelous providence and compassion for all of us. I hope to get a good job in a multinational company here in the Philippines. Just like other financially-challenged scholars, I desire to uplift my family’s condition and support my two younger siblings in their education. At the same time, I plan to establish a family business that could further help my other relatives who are also caught in dire poverty. While accomplishing these, I shall not forget to share my blessings to AASA. In the end, I hope to attain a significant position in the corporate world and become a leading advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility to better the welfare of the Filipinos.
I have many dreams in life because Ateneo taught me to soar high. Through the hope brought by AASA, I know that I can’t be far from reaching them.
AASA Scholars of Batch 2011
“Ateneo has already deeply inculcated in me the sense of being a woman for others”
A humble young man who seized the opportunity
“From a public elementary school in Cotabato, to Philippine Science High School in Davao, and finally to Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. This life was never a dream for me back then. It felt that this life I’m enjoying was more of a privilege than a right. Thus, I would like to thank all those people, especially those of the Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association (AASA) for giving me the opportunity of experiencing this grand privilege.”
- Philipp Gotico
When I was still in elementary, I never dreamed of having an education from prestigious schools outside Cotabato City. At that time, my plan was simple: finish elementary, high school, and college in Cotabato, and find some job to support me and my family. I never dreamed of going outside Cotabato not because I am too humble to dream of those things, but because I never had any idea of what lies beyond it.
But then, opportunities came. I passed the entrance exam for Philippine Science High School - Southern Mindanao Campus. At first, I really didn’t want to go to that school because I felt I do not belong to a school of smart people and of course, I wanted to stick on my plans and not stay in Davao where the school is located. Eventually my parents influenced me on going to Pisay not because they wanted me to go away, but the opportunity of having a scholarship at one of the prestigious high schools in the country would be useless if I didn’t grab it. Luckily, the experience was worthwhile and it became an eye-opener for more opportunities, which included studying in prestigious schools in Manila.
Choosing which university from the opportunities I have was the same kind of dilemma I faced when I was given the opportunity to choose between studying in Pisay or staying in Cotabato. This time however, it involved staying with schoolmates who chose UP or taking on a new track by studying in Ateneo. A Pisay scholar would normally choose UP over Ateneo but again, my parents influenced me on going to Ateneo. And so, I did.
And the decision of going to Ateneo was not a waste. From my first year of studying until now, I never experienced such a holistic learning encounter. Staying in Ateneo for three years and counting is enough for me to say “I never regret choosing Ateneo.”
From a public elementary school in Cotabato, to Philippine Science High School in Davao, and finally to Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon. This life was never a dream for me back then. It felt that this life I’m enjoying was more of a privilege than a right. Thus, I would like to thank all those people, especially those of the Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association (AASA) for giving me the opportunity of experiencing this grand privilege.
As I continue my years in Ateneo, I continue to enjoy my life studying, interacting, and living the reality of this rare dream. As of the moment, I do not have concrete plans of the future for I may not know what opportunities may come rushing right in front of me.
The gift she shall forever cherish
Monique with one of the kids in Blue Christmas ‘08
- Monique Salvo
Monique Salvo is a 4th year BSM AMF student in the Ateneo and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear her story and learn what her scholarship means to her.
I never thought it would be this good. The Ateneo holistic formation that I have been receiving for the past three years is priceless. It has molded me into a person I was originally looking up to during my high school days. It has thrown me into a whole new world of Magis. The best thing is, it is for free. In Economics, as they say, there is no such thing as free lunch. In Ateneo, there is, and it is the greatest gift one could ever receive.
I am one of those fortunate students who managed to pass the entrance exams of UP, La Salle, and Ateneo. In the end, it was a battle between UP and Ateneo. And the choice was UP all along. But things, ordained by God, happen beyond human plans. Eventually, I had seen the light so I finally decided to enter the best school, the Ateneo. Initially, it was never an option since my family would suffer from poverty if I were not given a scholarship. I was granted a 100% free tuition and fees with transportation allowance. Later on, my request for dorm allowance was approved. Now, I enjoy a hassle- and traffic-free life in the University Dorm inside the campus.
The last three years of my life is defined by a great mix of academics and extra-curricular activities. This university essentially teaches its students to do more and to be more. And so I responded to this call. I involved myself in most of the university-wide events such as OrSem, Blue Roast, and Blue Christmas. I also took part in both international and national affairs hosted by the university, ACUCA and Philippine Math Olympiad respectively. Now, I am an officer of my home org, the Ateneo Mathematics Society. Indeed, the university offered me the most exciting college life one could ever experience.
All these I owe to AASA, which possesses a very special place in my heart. I could not stress enough how thankful I am of the warmth and support they have given me for the past two years. On behalf of the scholars’ community, I say thank you, AASA, for giving us the gift of a bright future.
After finishing my undergraduate course in the university, I plan to pursue a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics major in Mathematical Finance. I also plan to enter the corporate world of banking and finance after college. Hopefully in the future, I will have the chance to take the CFA exam so that I become one of the few chartered financial analysts here in the Philippines. Having this responsibility of making our world a better place for the next generation, I ultimately aspire to help the future scholars of the Ateneo.
“Words are not enough to express how
“I would like to extend my gratitude to the AASA for taking me in as one of their scholars. Words are not enough to express how fortunate I am for having been given this opportunity to study in one of the best universities in the country. May God continue to bless you as you continue your work of helping scholars like me make their dreams come true.”
- Janel Favila
Jan Lorraine Favila is a 4th year BS Management Engineering student and is an AASA scholar. Here, she tells us why she chose Ateneo over other schools and what her plans are after graduating. She also gives thanks to AASA and the benefactors for granting her a scholarship.
I chose to study in Ateneo not only because of the high quality of education it offers its students, but more importantly because it forms students into persons who will live a life of service to others, especially those who are in need and later on, will contribute greatly to the development of our nation as a whole.
After I graduate, I plan to work for a multinational company for 2-3 years and then pursue further studies abroad.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the AASA for taking me in as one of their scholars. Words are not enough to express how fortunate I am for having been given this opportunity to study in one of the best universities in the country. May God continue to bless you as you continue your work of helping scholars like me make their dreams come true.
AASA Scholars of Batch 2010
She was able to chase her dream.
*Jeya graduated from the Ateneo last March 2010 with the course of BFA Information Design.
A darling’s story that will touch your heart.
Lau Jamero is a student in the Ateneo and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear her story and what she has to say regarding what her scholarship means to her.
Learning from inside and outside the classroom
Ma. Anna Margarita V. Bueno, or Anna, is a 4th year AB Communication student and is an AASA scholar.
*Anna graduated from the Ateneo last March 2010 with the course of AB Communication. She is currently a Law Student in the Ateneo Law School.
A family outside of home
“And so as I end my four years of studying Physics in the Ateneo and as I enter the world of teaching, I will always look back to a group of people who were always there to support me. I will always be thankful to AASA and those people who made AASA truly a pag-asa.”
Back then I never thought that he was referring to me and that these words will eventually introduce me to an organization that emulates the core principles of the university; an organization of professionals for others.
*Bon graduated from the Ateneo last March 2010 with the course of BS Physics. He is also now a member of the AASA Executive Committee.
When choosing what’s in your heart counts.
Godo with the kids that he tutored for NSTP
- Godo Ramizo
Godofredo M. Ramizo Jr., is a 4th year AB European Studies student in the Ateneo and is an AASA scholar. Let us hear his story and learn what his scholarship means to him.
I am Godofredo M. Ramizo Jr, also called Godo by my friends. I am now in my final year in AB European Studies – Business. I also dared finish three minor degrees in Spanish Studies, Chinese Studies, and Global Politics. I am the top student of my department and also a candidate for latin honors.
*Godo graduated from the Ateneo last March 2010 with the course of AB European Studies. He graduated as Summa Cum Laude.