First batch of Education Scholarship Program graduates sets forth to change lives
Diwa Learning Systems Inc, the country’s leading provider of K to 12 educational resources, and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, held a special victory lunch for the first graduates of their Diwa-CEAP 30&75 Education Scholarship Program last April 29 to celebrate their four-year journey at First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) in Tanauan, Batangas.
Eighteen scholars comprise this first batch. Driven by determination, commitment, and a love for teaching, they also got to discover untapped passions and talents in their journey, which won them awards in arts, sports, or leadership. And now that they are about to go out into the real world, they are more driven to change lives. "We pledge to become excellent educators," scholar Sarah Angela B. Gacutan said as she thanks the benefactors on behalf of her batch mates. “You have given us a bright future; now it’s our turn to give the same hope to others."
The Diwa-CEAP 30&75 Education Scholarship Program began in 2013 in celebration of Diwa’s 30th year, and a lead up to CEAP’s 75th anniversary. Its mission is to give deserving students a chance to fulfill their dream to become educators, and eventually become future leaders of Philippine education.
The program produced a total of 53 scholars covering three school years: 18 scholars in school year 2013-2014, 12 scholars in school year 2014-2015, and 23 scholars in school year 2015-2016. They all received a full 4-year BS Education Scholarship at FAITH, and free travel expenses and dormitory lodging.
“We take pride in being part of your journey, and look forward to all that you will accomplish in the future,” said Diwa’s President, Dr. Brian L. Belen to the scholars. “As you set out to the world as teachers, we hope you will truly become future leaders of Philippine education.”
Diwa and CEAP continue to seek more opportunities to work together to upgrade the status of teachers in our society.
The first batch of graduates of the Diwa-CEAP 30&75 Education Scholarship Program celebrates their four-year school journey with their benefactors in a victory lunch. (Back row, L-R) Rox Wale Equias, Gerimel Hernandez, Lerma de Domingo, James Patrick Olivar, Kristine Joy dela Cruz, Merlen de Gozar, Daphne Kristine Rivera, Gerome Labasa, Irish Gondra, Arianne Isla, Jeremy Arumpac, Rochelle Caguete, Sarah Angela Gacutan, Erica Hortelano, Dan Christian Cagnan, April Jade Ranon, John Mark Pedrosa, and Keziah faye Padilla. (Front row, L-R) FAITH Managing Director, Mr. Juan P. Lozano; Diwa Managing Director, Ms. Elma L. Ropeta; PEAC Executive Director and former CEAP Executive Director, Ms. Rhodora Angela F. Ferrer; Diwa President, Mr. Brian L. Belen, PhD; and FAITH President, Mr. Saturnino G. Belen.