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  • Pinoy Farmer's Son Gets Scholarship Grant From Prestigious US University

    The scholarship grant covers tuition and student fees for any four-year bachelor's degree course he chooses
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Pinoy Farmer's Son Gets Scholarship Grant From Prestigious US University
PHOTO BY Aldrean Paul Alogon on Facebook, @mrsdrdahl on Instagram
  • When Aldrean Paul Alogon, a high school graduate from Sigma, Capiz learned the good news, he couldn’t believe it: he, the son of a farmer, has been accepted into the prestigious Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts college in the state of Connecticut in the United States.

    The 18-year-old Alogon, who had recently graduated from the Philippine Science High School, will be the recipient of a four-year scholarship grant through the Freeman Asian Scholarship Program, which is awarded annually to eleven “exceptionally able students” from the region. It has been a legacy of the Wesleyan University for 20 years now.   

    “Thankful po ako, very joyful kasi it was all-expenses paid. Wala nang babayaran ‘yung family ko... World-class education na nga tapos libre pa,” he told GMA News Online.

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    According to the Wesleyan University website, a full tuition scholarship covers the cost of tuition and student fees. The scholarship is granted to one deserving individual in each of these 11 countries or regions: People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.

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    The selection is based on the following criteria:

    • academic achievement
    • intellectual curiosity
    • a high level of discipline and commitment
    • strong personal qualities
    • extracurricular involvement, especially community service
    • English language ability 

    Aldrean, who graduated high school with high honors and an Excellence Award in Physics, said he still couldn’t believe he got admitted into the University, given how extremely competitive admission is. He plans to take up a double degree in physics and economics.

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    In a Facebook post, Aldrean mentions, “I’m not rich, but I’ve seen the lifestyle of the rich. I’m not the poorest also, but I’ve lived in a poor community.” Having grown up in a rural community, he revealed that he had a culture shock when he first entered high school. “Ang daming adjustment na kailangan gawin kasi ‘yung mga kaklase ko, they came from various prestigious backgrounds,” he told GMA.

    Soon, the boy from the farm was making a mark as a member of the debate team and as the student council vice president, thanks to his perseverance and leadership qualities. “Gusto ko po kasi talaga pong ipakita na the Philippine Science High School isn’t just for the smart and the wealthy, kasi parang ganun po ang view ko sa kanila noon. I want to show to the few people like me na mayroon ding magre-represent sa kanila,” he said.

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    Besides his father, Aldrean also dedicates this achievement to his mother, who succumbed to cancer in 2015. He says his mom, who was a school principal, taught him many lessons, which he still leans on to up to this day.

    “When she passed away I had to be very independent at saka very open-minded. My mother was very loving of her siblings. Sa anim sa kanila, siya lang ‘yung professional... nakuha ko po ‘yung mindset ng nanay ko na kailangan ko po maging selfless kasi napakarami na pong ibinigay sa akin ng Diyos.

    “Iniisip ko po lahat ng nangyayari sa akin hindi lang blessing sa akin kundi para ma-bless din po ‘yung iba,” Aldrean said.

    He leaves for the US next week to see the fruition of his dreams. But he plans to come back home in due time to apply what he will learn and help improve the lives of others.

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    “I’m there to learn and I’m there to acquire knowledge to come back here... I’m thinking of becoming a civic engagement person or a person in the sciences na ang focus talaga is the grassroots,” he added.

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