RAMON, Isabela: Graduates of SN Aboitiz Power Group's (SNAP) Bridging Gaps in Higher Education through Tertiary Scholarships (Brights) program were honored in separate commencement exercises held in the provinces of Ifugao, Isabela and Benguet.
Janelle Jacinto, Aboitiz Power Corp. branding and communication unit chief, said the SNAP scholars received their diplomas and awards, nine of them receiving Latin honors, one magna cum laude and eight cum laude for school year 2021-2022.
Jacinto said a total of 79 college scholars have received educational assistance since 2018 through the program with university partners in Benguet, Ifugao, Isabela, Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya.
She explained that Brights is a scholarship initiative under the corporate social responsibility program of SNAP, an AboitizPower subsidiary that owns and operates several large hydropower plants in Luzon.
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"It aims to support disadvantaged but deserving students from its immediate host communities. Beyond providing financial assistance, it also intends to develop well-rounded leaders by encouraging scholars to participate in community and environmental outreach programs as well as leadership seminars," Jacinto said.
SNAP President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Yu said their batch of graduates accomplished something very admirable, especially those with academic honors despite the stress that the pandemic has placed on students worldwide.
"Our program is currently screening applications for school year 2022-2023 from our immediate host communities in the hopes of enabling more young people to power a sustainable future," Yu also said, adding they are proud of all their graduates.
Camryn Paleng, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture cum laude graduate from Benguet State University, is one of the Brights scholars who graduated top of their class.
Paleng shared that the support she received from the scholarship program made her life easier as a student.
"Because of the program, I was able to focus on my studies without worrying about my finances. I can't imagine going to school without SNAP," she said.
Another cum laude graduate and an aspiring teacher, John Mark Dasalla from Isabela State University, expressed his gratitude to the program.
"This opportunity inspired me to strive for high grades and to make my dream profession a reality," Dasalla said.
Another cum laude from Ifugao State University, Marinelle Mira Dulon, said she hopes to contribute to the company's mission of creating positive change in the host communities where it operates
"This scholarship grant made my college life more manageable and meaningful. I hope to repay the favor by participating in SNAP's community development efforts in the future," she added.