Referred by a friend of a D&L employee, Lao Foundation (LFI) came to know about the night high school program of Siena College Taytay, Rizal. LFI was in turn linked up with A Better Chance Foundation (ABC Foundation), the program partner of Siena College for 13 years.
On February 2, 2016, A Better Chance (ABC) Foundation founder and Chairman Mr. Lewis Edwards with his Board Directors Dr. Bayani delos Santos and Mr. Rene Logatoc (also the Director of Siena Christian Community Formation& Development Services and the one who established the night high school program) and Program Director Ms. Gail Pangilinan-Espinas visited Lao Foundation Inc. to present their scholarship program to Lao Foundation.
ABC Foundation established in July 2001 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental charitable institution which aims to assist financially challenged children. The Foundation envisions itself of becoming a significant and respected contributor to nation building by giving equal opportunity to education and other learning facilities among indigent but deserving Filipino children towards developing their human potential to the maximum, and eventually, making them an asset to society.
Working towards this vision, ABC Foundation has partnered with Siena Colleges in 2002 a year after it launched its night high school program for out of school youth and has since provided scholarship to students in poor communities near and around the campuses of Siena Colleges specifically:
Siena College, Taytay, Rizal
Siena College, Quezon City
Siena College, San Jose Delmonte, Bulacan
St. Dominic Academy, Pulilan, Bulacan
St. James Academy, Plaridel, Bulacan
With lots of applications (300 for Siena College Taytay alone) and only 55 slots to fill in, the applicants must:
• Be a resident of the locality of partner schools or nearby neighboring towns of the school
• Be a 6th grade graduate from a public school
• Be between 12-15 years of age upon submission of application for 1st year night high school scholar
• Submit an application form with necessary requirement to Siena College
• Take and pass the night high school scholarship requirements such as an entrance exam, interviews, and home visit by a social worker.
Once an applicant has passed all the requirements to become a night high school scholar, he/she must abide by the following rules and regulations, created and implemented by ABC Foundation and Siena College. One of this is the active participation of the parents in their children’s education and values formation activities of the school.
Five years after in 2007, Siena College and ABC Foundation had its first batch of night high school graduates. This started the college scholarship of ABC Foundation for the graduates of their night high school program. Every year 12 outstanding night high school graduates are given the opportunity to pursue their college education after they passed the selection process that involves taking a college level aptitude exams, writing essays, and several interviews. They must also be interested in attending state or public colleges or universities only.
Mr. Edwards commits to invest in continuing education and also encourage recipients particularly with respect to college scholars to practice the “Pay It Forward” scheme so that the program becomes a continuous helping process that could benefit future generations. Presently, ABC Foundation has a total of 616 Night High Scholars and 190 College Scholars. They have a total of 130 college graduates who are now part of the workforce as engineers, certified public accountants, data analysts, instructor, etc and working in big companies such as Accenture, Deloitte Philippines, and Ducati Philippines.
In addition to their scholarship program, ABC Foundation also provides eyeglasses for students in selected public schools and feeding program for their night high school students and severely wasted students in selected public schools.
Convinced by the work of ABC Foundation and the alignment of its mission to LFI’s mission of uplifting the economic situation of those in need through education, LFI welcomes ABC Foundation as its new partner to begin with the sponsorship of twenty (20) night high school students in the coming school year 2016-2017.