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Batch 2 of BAR-UPLB Undergraduate Scholarship Grant Program awarded

Mara Shyn M. Valdeabella


Twelve undergraduate students from the University of the Philipines Los Baños (UPLB) were awarded with scholarship grants by DA-BAR in collaboration with UPLB. Present during the awarding are College of Agriculture Dean Domingo Angeles (top row, 2nd from left), Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Oscar Zamora (4th from left), BAR-Institutional Development Division OIC-head Digna Sandoval (5th from left), UPLB Foundation, Inc. Executive Director Cecilio Arboleda (6th from left), and UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz (7th from left).

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), formally awarded 12 UPLB students with Undergraduate Scholarship Grant on 3 September 2013 at the Operations Room, 2/F A.G. Samonte Hall, UPLB, College, Laguna.

The second batch of this year’s scholars included eight BS Agriculture, and four BS Agricultural Biotechnology students, who were found to have excellent school standing despite their financial struggles.

Thoroughly assessed by the DA-BAR-UPLB Screening Committee headed by Dr. Oscar Zamora, UPLB vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, the 12 scholars were encouraged to major in the fields of entomology, soil science, weed science, and plant pathology due to the serious decline among students who choose to major in these fields.

Present during the awarding ceremonies was Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz, UPLB chancellor. In his welcome address, Chancellor Cruz expressed his utmost gratitude to DA-BAR for being the university’s “close partner in ensuring that those who are able to get into UP stay in UP until they finish their degree.” He encouraged the awardees to take pride in being a scholar and to use wisely the grant that they will receive. He mentioned that such contribution of DA-BAR in the academe will open opportunities to some of the country’s brightest students to finish their program without having to worry on their financial conditions. He also commended BAR for being an active partner in providing assistance to bright and deserving students of UPLB.

Ms. Digna Sandoval gives a brief overview about the scholarship grant.

Ms. Digna Sandoval, OIC Head-Institutional Development Division (IDD), representing BAR Director Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, gave an overview of the DA-BAR Degree Scholarship Program, which supports not only undergraduate students like them, but also R&D employees who wish to pursue graduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.).

Meanwhile, Mr. Ian Jomari C. Panaga, BS Agricultural Biotechnology, representing the first batch (2012) of DA-BAR undergraduate scholars shared how being a scholar has changed his life as a student. “Sinobrang galingan ko, kasi pera ng taong-bayan ang ginagamit ko, kailangan suklian natin yun. Last year, ginalingan ko talaga kaya pinalad akong maging University Scholar,” Panaga said. Ms. Cris Ann M. Lim, BS Agricultural Biotechnology and one of the 2013 DA-BAR scholars expressed her gratitude to UPLB and BAR for giving them the privilege to be a part of the program. She challenged her fellow scholars not to “waste the blessing and make it as a tool toward success.”

In response, Dr. Domingo E. Angeles, dean of the UPLB-College of Agriculture (UPLB-CA), elaborated CA’s commitment in helping the students complete their program and finish their degree. He also shared how the lack of finances, among other factors, has hindered students to graduate on time. With this, he challenged the scholars to graduate on time and even with honors given the scholarship grant that they have.

Dr. Zamora, chair of the DA-BAR-UPLB Undergraduate Scholarship Screening Committee, officially closed the program by congratulating the scholars and thanking BAR for investing in the students’ future. ###