Jul 08, 2015
Lady Luck shone on seven young high-schoolers.
This is because the Ayala Coop, as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, launched its scholarship program in partnership with Ayala Corporation’s APEC (Affordable Private Education Center), with the Ayala Foundation acting as program administrator. The program made the seven high-schoolers the initial batch of Coop scholars for the school year 2015-16.
The seven earned their scholarships though. They underwent screening as well as diagnostics tests administered by the APEC and were eventually chosen from a field of more than 20 applicants. Conducting the screening was a panel composed of representatives from the Ayala Coop, Ayala Foundation and the APEC.
The seven scholars include five children of regular rank-and-file employees of the Ayala Group who are active members of the Coop plus two graduates of the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education or CENTEX.
They are Ayala employee children Joaquin Jose Devesa, Ranielle Mae Dimalaluan, Ellona Lexine Javate, Lance Lim and Ashley Vizcarra and Centex graduates Bheejay Holgado from Centex Batangas, who would enter APEC Lipa, and Elise Samantha Cerbolles of Centex Manila who would enroll at APEC/Emilio Aguinaldo College-Taft Avenue.
The Ayala employees’ children signed their scholarship contracts together with their parents last June 9 along with Ayala Coop General Manager Dina Orosa. Witnessing the signing were Ayala Foundation’s education advising consultant Ramon Miranda and APEC’s external relations manager Diana Donato.
The scholarship is actually for the entire high school but is renewable annually, subject to the children’s fulfilling the requirements in terms of academic performance and deportment.
The Ayala Coop is undertaking the scholarship project for the first time this year as part of its corporate social responsibility or CSR program. Ms. Orosa, who revealed that the scholarship has an annual value of P113,000, foresees the number of scholars increasing through the years.
The APEC is actually a joint venture between Ayala Corporation and United Kingdom based Pearson through its Pearson Affordable Learning Fund. The APEC schools’ curriculum follows the Department of Education’s K-12 program that’s enhanced with international standards.
There are currently 24 APEC schools situated in different parts of Metro Manila. The first APEC branch was opened at the Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila in July 2013 and since then, 23 more branches have been opened in other cities like Caloocan, Marikina, Pasig and Quezon City.