FIRST BATCH OF LAND­BANK GAWAD PAT­NUBAY SCHOLARS GRAD­U­ATE

Agriculture - - Scholarship Program -

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.

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