Ralph Placido and Nina Pedro | June 29, 2017
Joseph Omandac, an incoming fourth year college student from Mapua Institute of Technology, dreams of becoming a successful Mechanical Engineer – with a purpose. “Through the years, the thrust of my efforts has been directed towards two complementary goals: the empowerment of the growing community of young engineers, and the improvement of the quality of life in distressed communities. By means of engineering-related extension services, I have continuously championed the role of the youth as an active agent in the progress of the society.”
With high hopes, he embarked on a bigger journey towards achieving his goals when he left Cebu and decided to study in Manila. He currently ranks 2nd among Mechanical Engineering students of his batch, making sure that he maintains good grades despite living independently and balancing other extracurricular activities. “The primary reason why I applied for the scholarship program is to help my parents in financing my education. But I gained a deeper appreciation of the Aboitiz Group of Companies during the screening process when I was interviewed by Aboitiz leaders. It reaffirms that my interests are aligned with the company. Growing up, I’ve always been involved in activities that give back to my community. It is a huge blessing to be part of this program and organization.”
Joseph was one of the twenty new scholars who received the Aboitiz College Scholarship Program (ACSP) grant. In a ceremony at the Aboitiz Corporate Center in Bonifacio Global City last June 21, students, with their parents and academe partners, were awarded scholarships designed to support and inspire them to value, appreciate, and make the most of their education. Now on its 10th year, this also represents the ACSP’s largest single batch to date.
Present during the awarding ceremony were Txabi Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group’s Chief Human Resource Officer and Nina Pedro, Vice President for Human Resources.
“We believe that a good education is the powerful foundation exceptional leadership is built on. We are therefore supportive of programs such as the ACSP that champion academic excellence and shape tomorrow’s leaders.”
-Txabi Aboitiz, Chief Human Resource Officer, Aboitiz Group
“We will continue to advance business and communities through various Aboitiz programs, contributing to the greater good, contributing to making our society better,” Aboitiz added.
As part of the Aboitiz Group’s commitment in developing future talents and leaders that will drive change for a better world, the Aboitiz College Scholarship Program (ACSP) provides financial assistance, holistic learning and experience and exposure, and mentoring partnerships to undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to Accountancy, Business / Management / Finance, Information Technology, Engineering, Communications and Social Sciences (Psychology, Economics, and Political Science).
As of end-2016, Aboitiz is supporting the education of 227 college students nationwide, 67 of which are ACSP scholars. To date, the ACSP program has already produced 49 graduates in 10 years. There are also 10 ACSP scholars currently working for AboitizLand, AboitizPower, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, CitySavings, and UnionBank.
Joining Joseph Omandac in the A-list of Aboitiz scholars are the following:
Jamie Abawag and Ralph Justine Idio (Ateneo de Manila University)
Czarina Bastasa, Niry Chien Maranon, Alexandrea Sagutin and Jake Almeer Llerin (University of Santo Tomas)
Kim Wesley Bautista, Blush Paulyn Bergante, Frances Mickaella Chavez and Sofia Tan (University of the Philippines)
Audi Bon Tiri and Tristan Consolacion (St. Louis University Baguio)
Chela Corpus (University of Asia and the Pacific)
Hosanna Praise Renion (University of the East)
Patricia Alcala (Manuel Enverga University Foundation)
Hans Christian Baldecasa (Far Eastern University)
Kimberly Flores (Cebu Technological University)
Adrianne Orias (University of San Carlos)
Charles Flores (Mindanao State University)
“For as long as we continue to believe in this program’s purpose and we uphold the same level of commitment towards developing future talents, I am certain that we have something good to look forward to in the years to come.”
-Nina Pedro, VP for Human Resources – Talent Attraction, AEV
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