And then there were 17.
The list of scholars being sponsored by the Ayala Coop grew this year when 10 more schoolchildren were given APEC (Affordable Private Education Center) scholarships by the Coop, bringing to 17 the total of APEC scholars it is sponsoring in addition to the first batch of seven it placed under its wings last year.
The second batch of scholars is made up of Lyje Adame and Ann Frances Adajar, who would enter APEC Lipa, Danielle Margarette Ejertima and Arianne Megan Soria, who would go to APEC Sta. Rita, Mylene Faro and Adelaine Perez, who would enroll at APEC Tondo, John Kenneth Bautista who would enter APEC Dasmariñas, Liam Mantha Boborol who would enter APEC North Fairview, Gabriel John Andrew Geraldino who would enroll at APEC Bacoor, and Kevin Enzo Lim who would go to APEC G. Tuazon.
Incoming Grade 7
The second batch of scholars, all of whom would start enjoying that privilege in the school year 2016-17, would be incoming Grade 7 students. Last year’s initial batch of seven are now in Grade 8. All seven were able to maintain the grade requirements to continue enjoying their scholarship, the Coop’s Finance and Administrative Department Manager, Jenny Cura, said.
Seven of the 10 scholars are children of rank-and-file employees of Ayala Group subsidiaries who are active members of the Coop while three are graduates of the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education or CENTEX.
They all underwent screening as well as diagnostics tests administered by the APEC and were eventually chosen on the basis of their test results. Conducting the screening was a panel composed of representatives from the Ayala Coop, Ayala Foundation and the APEC.
Nine of the scholars signed their scholarship contracts together with their parents last June 23 along with Ayala Coop General Manager Dina Orosa and the APEC’s Beth Lui.
The scholarship is actually for the entire high school but is renewable annually, subject to the children’s fulfilling the program’s requirements in terms of academic performance and deportment.
The Ayala Coop launched the search for 20 deserving and qualified children of active Coop members in 2015, coinciding with the Coop’s 20th year anniversary. The Coop partnered with the Ayala Foundation to oversee the administration of the program. The search will continue until next year to complete the group of 20 scholars as approved by the Coop Board.
The APEC is 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.
Nine of the second batch of 10 APEC scholars sponsored by the Ayala Coop are shown with Coop officers led by General Manager Dina Orosa (second row, third from right), APEC officials led by Beth Lui (to Ms. Orosa’s right) and Diana Donato (left) as well as their parents during the signing ceremony last June 23.
Two of the scholars and their parents sign the contract with Ms. Orosa and Ms. Lui.
The nine lucky scholars and the parent of a 10th beneficiary are shown here.
One of the scholars, Mylene Faro, is given her kit by Ayala Coop officers Jenny Cura and Elinor Abellare and Kathleen Jan Plandano of Ayala Foundation.