Scholarship Candidates

June 15, 2009

 

Marethel Guinsayao, (from left0 Cristina M. Alimbe, Grace A. Supang and Lolita Imfiel are the four candidates for our 2009 scholarship. The women reside in Zamboanga del sur province of Mindinao. Photo by Leah B. Mamhot

Marethel Guinsayao, (from left) Cristina M. Alimbe, Grace A. Supang and Lolita Imfiel are the four candidates for our 2009 scholarship. The women reside in Zamboanga del sur province of Mindanao. Photo by Leah B. Mamhot

Today I received a letter from Leah containing the applications for our four finalists for the 2009 scholarship and a group portrait. When I looked at the photo, I immediately wished we had the funds to send all four to school.

The young women live in the Zamboanga Penisula region on the island of Mindanao. The scholarship committee traveled to meet the candidates on May 16, 2009. Leah writes that they will return on June 13, 2009 to collect the their letters of recommendation and high school transcripts. Things take time.

Two of the candidates, Cristina and Lolita, are working scholars at Misamis University in Ozamiz City. In exchange for working at the school, they can attend a few classes each year. The scholarship would allow them to attend college full-time. 

The women come from farming families and belong to the Subanen (“river people”) tribe.

We’ve asked the committee for their recommendation. We expect to choose our scholarship recipient in six to eight weeks. 

Please send a donation if you’d like to help us expand our program and send more young women to college. You can learn more and donate at our Web site: isisinitiative.org.

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