By Kristelle Bechayda
A scholarship program that started out as an aid to Indian students awards more beneficiaries on its third year in the Philippines. The Colgate Scholarship Promo 2018 concluded on October 6 at The Mind Museum where winners from Luzon were each given P100,000 in educational funds.
A future to smile about
“We thought it would be perfect to bring the scholarship program here because there are a lot of deserving students who need help,” says Emily Mitchell, marketing director for Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Inc. “We want to create a better future for them and this is our way of giving back.”
Alma San Diego, mother of beneficiary Dana Jane, adds that education is all she can give to her daughter. “Kapag nakatapos na siya, happy na ako dahil kaya na niyang tumayo sa sarili niyang mga paa.”
The scholarship program also encourages the idea of pursuing a college education. Marian, who is another beneficiary, is already thinking about college now that she is 17 years old. “Important ang education for me kasi iyon ang stepping stone to be able to go kung saan ako patungo and iyon ang mag-oopen sa akin ng opportunities.”
The company is currently thinking of ways to expand the program and is hoping to partner with more in the future. For now, they are working on increasing the number of beneficiaries.
Since it started in 2016, the program has helped a total of 105 students. Mitchel adds that it may be too early to gauge how it impacts the local community. But the company wants this last, and they see this as a commitment that will serve generations.
“Our company is more than just about making money but also giving back to Filipinos,” she ends.