It has often been said that education is the best inheritance parents can give their children. For Carol Malonzo, Lily Prescasiosa, and Cherry Magpayo, participating in Colgate’s new scholarship program--which gives more Filipino children a chance to receive financial assistance to support their schooling—has given these moms the opportunity to support their children’s dream of completing their education.
A welcome blessing
Receiving a scholarship prize of Php 100,000 from Colgate is a welcome blessing for the three moms, who were among the five grand prize winners of the Colgate Scholarship Promo’s first draw.
For housewife Carol, whose husband works as a warehouse man, the windfall will enable her to pay for son John Arwyn’s full tuition for the next school year instead of paying it in tranches. “Nakabase lang kasi lahat ng pang-gastos namin sa kita ng papa ni John, kaya napakalaking bagay ng scholarship na ito para sa amin,” says Carol.
For John Arwyn Malonzo, whose family relies solely on his father’s earnings as a warehouse man, the scholarship prize of Php 100,000 from Colgate will go a long way in achieving his dreams of being a scientist or an engineer.
John Brenton Prescasiosa, whose father became an OFW to help establish their family, has his sights set on a teaching career with the help of the scholarship prize of Php 100,000 from Colgate.
Like any typical youngster, Carol’s nine-year-old son still has not quite made up his mind on what he wants to be when he grows up. “Marami syang gusto: scientist, engineer, nurse,” says Carol, “pero para sa amin, kung anong gusto nyang kursong kuhanin nila ay okay lang, basta dun sa maligaya siya.”
Cherry, also a housewife who diligently saves the earnings of her seaman husband, says that the winnings will be an added supplement to their budget for the schooling of their 8-year-old daughter Christelle.
“Kaya kami nag-apply sa scholarship [promo] para talaga makatulong sa pag-aaral ni Christelle,” says Cherry. She shares that her daughter, inspired by the well-dressed people working at a pharmaceutical company near their house and whom she sees on her way to school, wants to pursue being a chemist as she sees it as a way for their family to become financially stable.
Lily is equally delighted to have won the scholarship grant for son John Brenton, who is currently taking up AB History at Arellano University. “Kaya naging OFW ang papa ni John Brenton ay para magpursiging kami’y maitaguyod,” says Lily, who supplements the family income working as a book-keeper.
Lily shares that John Brenton has his sights set on a teaching career. “Balak niyang maging professor kaya makakatulong talaga itong aming pagkapanalo, lalo na’t mahirap ang may college na pinag-aaral,” says Lily.
“Education has always been a cornerstone of Colgate’s community service programs,” said Jay Custodio, Associate Director for Oral Care. “Through this initiative, we aim to provide more Filipino children access to education so they can take advantage of the opportunities it opens to achieve a brighter future that they can smile about.”
Apart from providing financial assistance to select dentistry students and symposia to partner schools (Philippine Association of Dental Colleges), and driving oral health education among young students through the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures initiative, Colgate extends scholarship opportunities to more Filipino children with its new scholarship promo, giving over Php 3.5 million worth of scholarships and prizes with every purchase of specially-marked Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great Regular Flavor toothpaste cartons or any Colgate toothpaste sachet. The promo is set to run until December 15, 2016.