Scholars express gratitude to benefactors

By Keith Brandon Cari-an On Friday, March 13, 2015

External scholars express their gratitude through a simple and heartfelt 'thank you' to the benefactors

Br. Bien Eli Nillos, Lina Hilado, and Mika Tajima during their messages

Lasallian scholars paid homage to benefactors in A Fellowship of Gratitude with Benefactors at Santuario de La Salle.

“You made the sand castles of our dreams a reality,” said External Scholars Association President Mika Tajima in behalf of more than 300 scholars who attended the program.

Organized by the Admissions and Scholarships Administration Office led by its director Joselito Diaz, the fellowship with the benefactors, which was held on Feb. 27, aimed to acknowledge the contribution of external partners in the field of providing quality Lasallian education to underprivileged but deserving students.

There are a total of 31 benefactors sponsoring more than 300 external scholars in USLS, with 20 represented during the fellowship.

“The seed of faith can only bear the fruit of service,” said Dr. Bien Eli Nillos, a former recipient of the Gutierrez Scholarship Grant while studying in USLS.

 “May the ‘seeds’ that you carry today, fellow scholars, bear fruit in the future,” Dr. Nillos added.

Mariposa Foundation, Inc. President Oscar Hilado, through his sister Lina Hilado, sent his hope that “the current scholars will become benefactors someday.”

“The scholarship that I’ve set up is in honor of the people who helped me in my education,” Hilado said.

Mariposa Foundation, Inc. currently sponsors 12 students in their college education in USLS.

The benefactors were awarded with certificates of recognition by President and Chancellor Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marie Therese Jochico, and were assisted by Diaz.

The scholars gave a song number and a video presentation to show gratitude to the benefactors.

 The celebration ended with a dinner fellowship with the benefactors and some USLS administrators and staff.