EMPOWER 100 LUMAD SCHOLARS
The goal of this ten-year program is to journey and empower at least 100 young indigenous peoples who will 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 DIRECT COSTS
· Allowance based scholars to be provided fixed monthly living allowance. They are expected to render at least one-year service after graduation.
Per scholar: $40 per month; S400 per school year (P2,000 per month; P20,000 per SY)
31 scholars: $12,400 per school year (P620,000 per SY)
· Subsidized scholars to be provided with living allowance, dormitory, and payment of the school’s miscellaneous fees. They need to pass the state university’s college entrance examination. Tuition is paid for by the university. As stay-in scholars or dormers, they need to undergo intensive formation. They are expected to render at least two years of service.
Per scholar: $100 per month; $1,000 per school year (P5,000 per month; P50,000 per SY)
14 scholars $14,000 per SY (P700,000 per SY)
· Fully funded scholars whose college education shall be paid for by the program, including tuition. They can be stay-in or live-out scholars depending on their situation. This scholarship will be offered only when a benefactor pledges to support a specific scholar. The scholar will render at least three years of service to their community.
Per scholar: $225 per month; $2,225 per school year (P11,250 per month; P112,500 per SY)
5 scholars: $11,250 per SY (P562,500 per SY)
· Total Number of Scholars over 10 years, costs per month and per school year:
100 scholars – $3,765 per month, $37,650 per school year = $376,500 for 10 years
(P188,250 per month, P1,882,500 per SY = P18,825,000 for 10 years)
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.