EMPOWER 100 LUMAD SCHOLARS
The goal of this ten-year program is to journey and empower at least 100 young indigenous peoples to eventually become their tribes’ leaders by providing them quality education and holistic formation. Starting school year 2021-2022, the program expects to reach a maximum capacity of 50 scholars coming from the seven tribes of Bukidnon. After SY 2021-2022, the program will only accept new applicants according to the number of slots vacated by graduates. Within the ten-year program, 100 indigenous youth should have completed their university degrees. This means 100 young, culturally grounded, properly educated, and selflessly motivated leaders who can take on the tribes’ leadership.
SCHOLARSHIP LEVELS, COSTS AND GOALS
ALLOWANCE BASED - 62 scholars (31 for each 5-year period):
Each shall be provided with a fixed monthly living allowance. They are expected to render at least one-year service after graduation.
Allowance Based Cost - $400 per scholar/school year.
Total for 31 scholars – $12,400 per year.
SUBSIDIZED - 28 scholars (14 for each 5-year period):
Each shall be provided with living allowance and subsidy for dormitory and miscellaneous school fees. Passing the university’s college entrance examination is required. Tuition is paid for by the university. They are expected to render at least two years of service.
Subsidized Cost - $1,000 per scholar/school year,
Total for 14 scholars - $14,000 per year.
FULLY FUNDED -10 scholars (5 for each 5-year period):
This is offered when a benefactor pledges full support for a specific scholar, including tuition. The scholar is expected to render at least three years of service to their community.
Fully Funded Cost - $2,250 per scholar/school year,
Total for 5 scholars - $11,250 per year.
PROGRAM GOAL - 100 scholars over 10 years:
Total Cost per school year – $37,650
Grand Total for 10 years - $376,500
As of 12/2021, the program has 44 Lumad scholars – 17 interns staying at the KHP dormitory in JRH Malaybalay; 27 externs enrolled in Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Bukidnon colleges (Xavier-Ateneo de Cagayan, Ateneo de Davao, Bukidnon State Univ., Univ. of Southeastern Phils. – Pamulaan Center, San Isidro College and Cagayan de Oro College.) Six are graduating in 2022 (1 Agriculture, 1 Business Management, 2 in Developmental Anthropology, 1 Education, 1 Nursing).
Kapawa hu Paglaum has produced twelve graduates (from 2-year courses in midwifery, automotive technology, hotel and restaurant, tourism; and 4-year courses in electronics and communications engineering, education, agriculture.) Eight are now gainfully employed – seven have returned to the Jesuit mission in their communities, one has volunteered for the Assisi Foundation’s IP program and another has joined the Comboni Missionaries. Most outstanding is Jession Diwangan, an Umajamnen from Cabanglasan, who graduated cum laude from Xavier with an EC engineering degree.