Chicago, Illinois.  Freshmen students entering college for academic year 2015-2016 at the University of the Philippines Mindanao have an opportunity to apply for any of the 4 full scholarship grants being offered in BS Food Technology (2 slots) and School of Agribusiness Economics (2 slots). All 4 scholarships include school fees and monthly allowance for four years for students who meet the grant terms and requirements. Application documents should be submitted to Liza Fulvadora of the Scholarships and Financial Services, Office of Student Affairs, UP Mindanao Administration Building, Mintal, Davao City. For queries, use telefax (082) 293-1353, mobile +639=918=4934, and Document submission deadline is Friday, August 14, 2015.

The scholarship grant of $30,000 was established by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Greater Chicago (UPAAGC) from the proceeds of Dr. Raul Sunico piano concert in August 2010 under the initiative of Grace A. Villamora, 2010 UPAAGC President, the 2010 UPAAGC Board, and Education Committee. Unprecedented in scope and donation funding, this UPAAGC grant provides a chance of a lifetime for bright Filipino students to finish college despite family hardships and displacements in Mindanao. UPAAGC supports the academic excellence and faculty commitment at UP Mindanao including its renowned leadership in food technology research and agribusiness economics programs in the region.
UPAAGC strives to fulfill its mission to promote and elevate the quality of education at the University. In 2010, UPAAGC also donated $5,000 to UP Los Banos Library, and $6,000 to UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry to help rebuild the labs burned down by accidental fires.  To sustain future alumni programs, $12,000 operating funds were left over to the UPAAGC Board for 2011.
In June 2015, UPAAGC’s first batch of scholars finished their 4-year college education with flying colors:   Abbie Glenn Estribillo, BS Food Technology, cum laude, and Yunace Autentico Dayaganon, BS Agribusiness Economics, dean’s list. “The grants provided us with much better future having been the first in our families to finish college.  Words cannot express enough our gratitude to UPAAGC. Your generosity is so inspiring and memorable.  Salamat po,” excerpted from emails of Abbie and Yunace.  
Johanna Segala, 2015 UPAAGC President remarked, “Naiiyak naman ako sa sulat ng mga batang ito.  Their progress report letters are so touching.  Our concerted efforts in Chicago are richly rewarded.”  Johanna invites all UP alumni and friends to visit for upcoming events and program.

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