Studying does not only require students to have open and bright minds. Every student has to give time, patience and dedication. As a student I find the need to be financially capable to do tasks in school. There is a Filipino saying that goes, “Walang libre sa mundong ito” (In this world there is no such thing as free.)
As I grew up, I witnessed my parents’ hardships to raise us and it was hard for them to provide our basic needs. Seeing them suffer makes me wonder if I can still pursue my dreams and all I can ever think of is how to help them.
Due to our unfavourable circumstances I have always thought that I may never achieve my dream of earning a degree in college. However, A Better Chance Foundation made things possible for me for my education. I applied for the Night High Scholarship offered by A Better Chance Foundation in a prestige catholic school, Siena College of Taytay, Rizal. I passed the application and eventually I became an ABC scholar throughout my High School years. I can still remember how Siena treats their scholars as we were provided by mostly everything without asking for it. We were also never treated differently from the regular students. And even though our classes’ starts in the afternoon and end in the evening our teachers never got tired of teaching us and giving us the wisdom we are hopeful for. Everyone is polite and kind which makes our experience as a scholar worthy and memorable.
During High School I have also had the opportunity to meet my sponsors Sir Jay Kaneshige and friends who work at the Aria Studios from Hawaii. It was fun meeting them a day in my life that I’ll never forget.
Despite of all blessings I have always been asking myself if I can finish my studies way up to College. And through faith indeed I was given an opportunity by A Better Chance Foundation for a scholarship grant all the way to my College. More blessings came pouring when I was offered by the Rizal College Scholarship Program, to receive another scholarship grant provided by our province. It was an outburst of joy for my answered prayers plus the fact that I passed and was accepted to study at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila.
Looking back four years had gone by, time flew so fast and now I can’t believe I got my bachelor’s diploma. Impossible it may seem years ago but I will never be here today without all the people who had help me. Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone behind my success. To my family, friends, classmates, and to all my teachers and college professors. To the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, I am a proud Iskolar ng Bayan. To my Alma Mater Siena College of Taytay where I began my journey of being a scholar. To my A Better Chance Foundation family who supported me all throughout. To Sir Lewis Edwards, the man behind the success of ABC and its scholars and the man who taught me to keep things simple. Sir, thank you for believing in me and to all other scholars. I now better understand the thought of ‘paying it forward’ and that’s what I want to do as I embark on another chapter of my life… now I too can pay forward.
“Nothing is for free however nothing is also impossible. So keep the faith and continue to dream.”