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 AND COSTS
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.
Cost per scholar - $40 per month; $400 per 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.
Cost per scholar - $100 each per month; $1,000 each per 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.
Cost per scholar - $225 each per month; $2,250 per school year,
Total for 5 scholars - $11,250 per year.
TOTAL GOAL - 100 scholars over 10 years:
Total Cost per school year – $37,650
Grand Total for 10 years - $376,500
As of September 2021, with seed funding provided by the Philippine Jesuit Foundation, there are 49 scholars: (a) 25 - allowance based; (b) 18 - subsidized; (c) 4 - fully funded; and (d) 2 - formation and training attendees.
The program has produced twelve (12) Lumad graduates in various fields (2-year courses in midwifery, automotive technology, hotel and restaurant management, tourism; and 4-year courses in electronics and communications engineering, elementary education, agriculture.) Eight (8) of the twelve are now gainfully employed, seven (7) have returned to their communities and serve the Jesuit mission, one has volunteered for the Assisi Foundation’s program for Indigenous Peoples, and another will start his Postulancy as a seminarian with the Comboni Missionaries.
The program has eighteen (18) scholars – enrolled in various colleges (Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Ateneo de Davao, Bukidnon State University, University of Southeaster Philippines – Pamulaan Center, San Isidro College and Cagayan de Oro College) taking up diverse degrees in Biology, Agriculture, Mechanical Engineering, Education, Nursing, Business Management, Food Technology, Agribusiness, Anthropology, and Tourism Management. The program plans to accommodate more Lumad youth including those not from the four Jesuit mission areas in the future.