Let's be inspired with this story of how education, granted through a scholarship from another overcomer, changed the life story of a family in Pampanga - as published in Global Nation of Philippine Daily Inquirer.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines—For a young Physics teacher at Pampanga National High School (PNHS), some basic things in a student’s life could stand in the way of success – things like transportation money or food for lunch.
“There were days when I can’t go to school because I didn’t have money for jeepney fare,” recounts 23-year-old Rodel Verzosa to FilAm Star in Tagalog. “And if I did, that’s all I had. So during lunchtime, I just stayed in the library because I had nothing to eat.”
But Rodel was an intelligent student, and determined to overcome obstacles that would keep him home and away from school – a characteristic that did not escape the attention of Imelda Macaspac, Ph.D., PNHS principal. At the time, San Francisco (Calif.)-based philanthropist Rene Medina, a PNHS alumnus, had just established a scholarship and feeding program, under the Rene and Mila Medina Foundation, for his alma mater’s underprivileged and deserving students and alumni. The support program was launched just as the foundation was at the completion phase of the multi-million-peso school infrastructure-rebuilding project that Rene had started in 2003.
Rodel was already in his senior year at PNHS when he was enrolled in the scholarship and feeding program. Graduating at the top of his class as valedictorian, he was chosen as one of the foundation’s college scholars. He went to the Philippine Normal University (PNU), where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Education.
Just as quickly as his eyes welled, his face lighted up. “And now, I’m so happy that I am able to help the family with financial needs as a teacher here at PNHS. Before, I had nothing. Today, I have something to share, ” he added.Education is a key
Finishing school and becoming a professional is an equalizer. Poor and rich people alike may accomplish such tasks, though it is sweeter for the underprivileged ones for their battle is tougher, and therefore worth more in the end.