Greetings to the Benefactors of The Philippine-American Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc.!
I would like to share my experiences as part of this association.
I am a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate Batch 2012 from the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, Inc. Philippines. I am also a working student assigned at the Property Office of the said University. One of the proud scholars of this association for four years who is really a big help in my studies and to my family.
That was July 8 2008 when the UNO-R Coordinator of this association asked me about my family and how I became a working student. I told her how financially challenged my family is, yet, how eager and persevere I am to finish my education. My father is a popcorn vendor in my hometown (50 kms. away from the school) and my mother is a plain housewife. I am the second out of 5 siblings and the first one to enter college. I grabbed the scholarship offered by the University as a working student while taking 21 units as Accountancy student. My allowance given to me by my father was Php 300.00 per week which will be used for my meals, photocopies, other contributions, and fare. I really had a hard time budgeting my allowance for my important expenses. I don't buy book, instead I do photocopy or borrow accounting books and reviewers from the Library. Since the school was too far from my hometown, I did tutored a friend everyday after school in lieu of a free stay.
It was then a week after that Dr. Aboyo told me about the scholarship program of the association, and lucky enough, I was chosen as one of the scholars. Me and my parents were very very much thankful for the association's financial assistance given to me per month. The amount given to me monthly was used for my boarding house expenses, meals, transportation, school's contributions, projects, books, photocopies, and other expenses. It also lessens the burden in my parent's part financially. This association is a part of my degree. They've been my support, and gave me hope to fight for every challenges in life. I, somewhat, honors my diploma to them.
I am currently working at the University as payroll officer, and the one supporting my parents. I have already sent two of my siblings in college. This Philippine-American Association of the Treasure Coast Inc is my inspiration, and you will always be in heart forever.
I am always praying for GOD's blessings to the association especially to Dr. Manon Manahan and the company, Dr. Aboyo, and the Scholarship's Office of UNO-R - Ms. Cathy and Ms. Jane... I can't be here, or never be who I am, without you..
My utmost gratitude and may GOD bless you all..
Chris Jean F. Delicano
Association's Scholar 2008-2012