FIRST BATCH OF LANDBANK GAWAD PATNUBAY SCHOLARS GRADUATE
NO CALAMITY is strong enough to shatter a young person’s dream.
Cesar G. Pabia Jr. proved this when he graduated from college despite the devastation suffered by his family during super typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Pabia did not only earn a degree in Agricultural Business,he also graduated cum laude from the Visayas State University.
“After the devastation brought about by typhoon Yolanda, I thought I would not have the chance to go to college. But this scholarship from Landbank came along and I took it not only with a grateful heart but with a determined spirit,” says Pabia.
Pabia is one of the 12 students who earned their degrees in agriculture and related fields with the help of the Landbank Gawad Patnubay scholarship program.
“The scholarship helped make the road to graduation less bumpy,” says Jay Carl A. Cacerez, another scholar who also graduated cum laude.
The Landbank Gawad Patnubay scholarship program provides educational assistance to poor but deserving students with the goal of infusing the agricultural and cooperative sectors with much-needed professionals who will pursue agricultural growth and development for the country.
Aside from Pabia and Cacerez, five of the 12 graduates from Landbank’s four partner state universities were also conferred with honors.
A total of 28 students were part of the first batch of Landbank Gawad Patnubay scholars under a program which kicked off during the second semester of academic year 2013-2014. The remaining 14 will soon graduate from their respective programs. Aside from the four universities where the 12 scholars graduated, there are also scholarship recipients from the University of Philippines Los Baños.
The Gawad Patnubay scholarship is a two-pronged program that offers both formal and informal education in the field of agriculture.
The formal education program is being implemented in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); under it, scholars are provided with 100 percent subsidy of all school fees, with book and monthly allowances every semester, among others.
The scholarship program also has a special Enrolment to Employment (E2E) component, under which scholars undergo a two-month review course in preparation for the Agriculturist Licensure Board Examinations, the expenses for which will be fully funded by the bank.
After the board exam, the scholars will proceed with a 10month intensive internship program with Landbank and partner institutions, wherein they may be considered for employment at the end of the internship.
For more information about the LANDBANKGawadPatnubay scholarship program, visitwww.landbank.com.