When Alfred Isaac Ajo was about to graduate from high school, his father lost his job at an international courier company and the boy’s chances of getting into college turned bleak. At his mother’s urging, however, the aspiring electrical engineer tried his luck with Visayan Electric Company’s (VECO) Purposive Scholarship Program.
The sheer number of scholarship applicants intimidated Alfred but he passed the screening process and was soon among eight students who would pursue college degrees through financial support from VECO.
Now 22, Alfred graduated magna cum laude from Cebu Institute of Technology- University (CIT-U) last March. And not only did he pass the electrical engineering licensure exam, he also scored 92.4% and landed first place out of 4,115 hopefuls.
When he received the good news via a text message from a friend, Alfred was in disbelief, mostly because he had been obsessing over the test questions he supposedly got wrong.
“I thanked God for giving me strength and presence of mind during the exam,” he said in hindsight.
Alfred follows another VECO scholar, Armand Henzkel Canoy (also a CIT-U graduate), who topped the November 2015 Civil Engineer Licensure Examination.
If not for the scholarship from VECO, Alfred believes electrical engineering would have been out of his reach, much less taking the licensure exams.
“Part of the reason I was very focused on my studies is that I didn’t want to waste the opportunity God and VECO gave me,” he explained.
Bearing this attitude, it can be said that the newly minted electrical engineer who, as the child, would stare dreamily up at electrical posts, is now ready to play a significant role in nation building.