Championing Academic Excellence To Shape Tomorrow’s Leaders
Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) believes that a good education is the powerful foundation that exceptional leadership is built on. AEV has created a scholarship program designed to support and inspire students to value, appreciate and make the most of their education.
As part of our commitment in developing future talents and leaders that will drive change for a better world, the Aboitiz College Scholarship Program (ACSP) continues to provide financial assistance, holistic learning and experience and exposure, and mentoring partnership to undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to Accountancy, Business / Management / Finance, Information Technology, Engineering, Communications and Social Sciences (Psychology, Economics and Political Science).
Financial assistance covers tuition and miscellaneous expenses, book requirements and transportation needs. The scholarship is renewable every semester, for as long as the student maintains the 85% GPA requirement (or its equivalent) and makes normal progress toward a degree.
Together with the parents, academe representatives and Aboitiz Team Leaders, the new batch of scholars were officially welcomed to the Aboitiz Future Talents community last June 21 during the 2017 ACSP MoA Signing at the Boardroom, NAC Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Here are some highlights of the event:
To qualify for the Scholarship Program, the applicant must:
- Be a full-time 1st to 4th year incoming student of an eligible college or university.
- Have a final average grade / cumulative overall GPA not lower than 85% or its equivalent;
- Not have a failing or incomplete grade;
- Not have a record of any form of disciplinary action; and,
- Must have fully accomplished the online application form and submitted the requirements on time.
PROGRAM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
The applicant must fully accomplish the Online Application Form on the given deadline.
The following are the attachments needed as you go through the form:
- For incoming 1st year applicants ONLY: a certified true copy of the applicant’s complete high school report card.
- For incoming 2nd year to 4th year college applicants ONLY: a certified true copy of the applicant’s college transcript for all undergraduate course work, ending with the grades from the last semester of SY 2017 – 2018 (or the latest official document the school can provide).
- Certification from the School Principal or Registrar stating the final average grade (for incoming 1st year applicants), or the overall cumulative GPA/GWA of the applicant (for incoming 2nd to 4th year applicants).
- GPA/GWA certification should also include the percentage equivalent grade.
- Certifications supporting leadership experience, awards received, and community involvements.
Applicants will also be asked to provide details of their evaluator of choice – one from the academe and one from non-academe. A link will be sent to them for the recommendation form.
Partner Colleges & Universities for the Future Talents Programs
- Adamson University
- Arellano University
- Assumption College Makati
- Ateneo de Manila University
- Ateneo de Naga University
- College of the Holy Spirit Manila
- De La Salle – College of St. Benilde
- De La Salle University
- Don Bosco Technical College
- Far Eastern University
- Mapua Institute of Technology
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
- Philippine Christian University
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- Saint Pedro Poveda College
- Saint Louis University
- St. Mary’s University
- San Beda College
- St. Scholastica’s College Manila
- Technological Institute of the Philippines Manila
- Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City
- Technological University of the Philippines
- University of Asia & the Pacific
- University of Baguio
- University of Santo Tomas
- University of the Cordilleras
- University of the East
- University of the Philippines Diliman
- Cebu Institute of Technology – University
- Central Philippine University
- Silliman University
- St. Theresa’s College
- University of San Carlos
- University of San Jose – Recoletos
- University of St. La Salle
- University of the Philippines Cebu
- University of the Visayas
- Ateneo de Davao University
- Mindanao State University – Marawi
- Notre Dame University
- University of Southern Mindanao
- University of the Philippines Mindanao
- Xavier University
Roland Lim was able to fly to Hong Kong and Thailand as he qualified for two separate international conferences last 2015 and 2016.
Roland, an Aboitiz Scholar Batch 2014 taking up Mechanical Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas, became one of the eligible participants in the 6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University from August 1-7, 2015. With over 50 participating countries, he was chosen as a delegate to attend this conference which aims to gather scholars and student leaders across the globe to discuss issues on humanitarian affairs.
Distinguished keynote speakers shared their insightful experiences in finding innovative ways to help others but what deeply moved Roland was Dr. Rossana Wong, a Hong Kong Legislator who taught the delegates the true meaning of purposeful life – to live not just for ourselves but for others. He was also inspired by Mr. David Begbie who advised the delegates that each of them is big enough to affect the lives of others in a positive way.
Inspired by the immersive experience, Roland returned to the Philippines in high spirit knowing that there is so much he could do in his own country. “I am more dedicated to live a purposeful life knowing fully that I can make a difference in the world as a scholar, a student leader and a future mechanical engineer.”
In 2016, Roland qualified to another international conference in Bangkok, Thailand – the 5th NIDA Summer Camp organized by National Institute of Development Administration last June 14 to 23, 2016. The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) is a public graduate school in Thailand that focuses on courses aimed to serve economics and social development.
From hundreds of applicants, only the top 100 students were accepted coming from different parts of the world. Aligned to the ASEAN integration and with the theme “Innovative Tourism for Sustainable Development”, the camp gave a memorable experience to an audience with a very diverse culture.
Not only it was a scholarly experience for Roland but it also made him appreciate Thailand’s history and culture. “As you get to learn about the culture, tradition and lives of people from other countries, you gain more knowledge and learn that the world is truly bigger and it is not only for ourselves. We learn to become less self-centered and become more selfless.”
Roland’s passion to discover and learn new things, and his desire to make a positive change in his community make him an inspiring leader.
Celine Calma, together with her team, won 1st place in the case competition of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) 2016 Asia Conference last August 19 to 23, 2016. But this is just a cherry on top of a sweet cake. Celine worked with four other students coming from different countries with different cultures, majors and working styles. United by their determination and good work ethics, their team fostered a harmonious working relationship and bagged 1st place in the case competition. After thorough research and brainstorming about how 5G technology can be used for social welfare, they integrated their ideas into a single service – a safety and emergency service providing immediate aid by connecting individuals, devices and emergency aid providers using 5G technologies with GPS.
The HPAIR 2016 Asia Conference is a 5-day academic program organized by the students and faculty of Harvard University to gather international students from top universities for an exchange forum about political, social, economic, cultural and business issues relevant to Asia-Pacific region.
Celine, being an Aboitiz Scholar Batch 2014 and finishing her degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines Diliman, also thanked the Aboitiz Group not just for the financial assistance, but also for the moral support she got from the company. She was motivated to learn as much as she can and to give her best shot at the competition.
Inspired by the value-adding experience, Celine learned to dream big for others and for the world.
Isrrah Malabanan spent one semester in Bangkok, Thailand as a foreign exchange student in King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi from July 28, 2015 to December 5, 2015.
Isrrah, an Aboitiz Scholar Batch 2014 and a Civil Engineering student at St. Louis University Baguio, wanted to learn more from exploring places and taking chances. She applied and qualified to the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) granted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Centre (SEAMEO).
SEAMEO RIHED created AIMS as the core of its educational programs whose goal is to create a vibrant student mobility programme for citizens of all SEAMEO member countries. This is to ultimately cultivate globalized human resources.
Applying to the said exchange program was challenging for Isrrah. She had to take 7 subjects instead of 3 to assure that she will be able to graduate on time. Given the culture and academic differences, she had a difficult time adjusting. But more than anything else, the experience was worth it. She had the opportunity to move out of her comfort zone, immerse herself in a foreign country and learn the culture, values and lifestyle. She managed to balance her time between studying and exploring what Thailand has to offer through her travels.
Isrrah was motivated by H. Jackson Brown when he said, “Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” And indeed, she summarized her journey in Thailand in one sentence – It was challenging, but it was so worth it!
A GLIMPSE AT THE WORLD OF WORK
The thought of having an internship at Aboitiz triggered mixed emotions for a sophomore college student like me. At first, I personally felt excited to find out how it is to be given work in a real corporate setting. At the same time, I had apprehensions and asked myself whether or not I would be able to perform the tasks well; moreover, it was logistically difficult for me to get to BGC given that I had daily morning classes in Ateneo and traffic was insane. However, by God’s grace, my first internship experience turned out to be memorable and one-of-a-kind.
If there are three things that I am thankful to have undergone through the internship, the first would be the experience of having a mentor. It’s one thing that proved to be very helpful from the start of the program. Miss Elina Mendoza of the Sustainability Team made sure that I was always on the loop with regard to the tasks that were expected of me. She introduced me to the general operations of the team I worked with, including a brief overview of the Aboitiz Group itself. From day one, Miss El and the rest of the team did not make me feel like an outsider; they immediately immersed me in their meetings and treated my suggestions valuable.
Second, I am grateful for the experience has given me a glimpse of the real world of work where one gets to meet people of different educational backgrounds, personalities and stories. True enough, I have been given various opportunities to meet several kinds of individuals in the conferences and competitions I have participated in, and even as I took the challenge of taking college in Metro Manila. But the work setting is different. Through the internship experience, I got to meet people both young and old, all striving to do their best in the job that earns them a living.
And third, I am definitely thankful for the family –the Sustainability Team – I was made to be part of, even just for a short time. I am currently taking up a course (Management Engineering) with a home organization that stands for corporate sustainability. And thus, working with the Sustainability team was applicable to me in one way or another. It offered a new perspective of looking at large corporations – that in one way or another, they are also exerting efforts to give back and preserve the environment we live in. Working with the Sustainability team for some time allowed me to think beyond, and look for more ways to improve how the company operates and influences its people’s lifestyles. Specifically, I was in charge of a study that looks into the Significant Energy Users (SEUs) of the company, and try to look for ways to lessen energy consumption. Hence, I was given the chance to visit the different offices of the company and get a glimpse of how big the Aboitiz group is.
This experience was only the first. I am looking forward to have an even more fulfilling second internship experience. To end, allow me to thank the entire team who imparted their lives to me even during my short stay: Miss El, Ma’am Gloids, Sir Yol, and my co-intern Monique among others. It was an honor to be part of the sustainability team!
A-EXPERIENCE: SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2016
Being an Aboitiz Scholar, taking two summer internships is a requirement I need to accomplish, although, the word “requirement” sounds too demanding to describe the wonderful experience I’ve had. The aim of the internship program is to show the interns how we can apply the learnings we had from our respective undergraduate programs to a corporate setting by giving us the opportunity to handle our own project and experience the doing of the actual work of an Aboitiz professional.
I took my first internship under the Analytics team (Talent Analytics) of HR office of Aboitiz Equity Ventures. When I was told that I’ll be assigned to Analytics, I felt so nervous and a bit overwhelmed, wondering how I can puzzle in together my background in Industrial Engineering to effectively contribute to the team. With the lump of excitement and pressure in my chest, I can’t help but think on how all of it will be like. I’ve set expectations on the work, the environment, the people, and myself, but when I started working, all my expectations just went out of the roof.
I will admit, the work was quite intimidating and challenging, there were times that spending longer hours in the office was necessary to finish the job, but I loved it, I loved all of it! The work was challenging, but having great supervisors like Sir Marty Macariola and Sir Richmond Dy, the learning process was both enriching and fun, truly, they were such excellent mentors.
Aside from the work, the environment and the people were also memorable. The day-to-day mingling from the meetings and presentations to the simple after lunch coffee gave an impact to my entire on-the-job training experience, not only was I able to utilize the knowledge I have gained from the formal lectures but I was also able to holistically improve myself as I take the road of becoming a professional. It gave me a deeper understanding of learning.
As a scholar, there is a natural tendency to be a bit of “grade-conscious”, there are times when my class standing is a little close to edge of our maintaining average, I tend to neglect the learning process, and all I care about is the getting a high grade. The program showed me that I should always pay attention to the learning system, eventually, high grades would come along, what’s better is that I’ll be able to easily tap to what I’ve learned than in being grade-oriented.
The overall OJT program has the balance of all the necessary elements. There was sufficient hand-holding guidance from the mentors without the risk of spoon-feeding, the appropriately assigned projects to enhance the interns’ skills, and the work-conducive workplace to keep the corporate energy alive. Working for Aboitiz, even just for a month, had opened my eyes and widened my perspective. It pulled my mind further out of the box. Without a doubt, I can say, the internship program was amazing!
Growth is closely related to the idea of measurement. It is a quantifiable change. You measure in years how much older you’ve gotten since you were little. You can precisely determine the growth of a country’s GDP, your own weight by the end of the Christmas season, and so on.
However, quite paradoxically, there is a type of growth that isn’t measurable. It is the growth of the inner person, the soul. It is neither concrete nor physical and thus, has no standard unit of measurement to base itself on. This growth only comes about through experience – there is simply no way to quantify that.
Although you cannot measure exactly how much you’ve grown over time, there are rare moments in one’s life that you can pinpoint with precision and certainty and confidently say that it contributed to your personal growth. These events seem to hit you in the face with development – an experience so meaningful that you can actually feel yourself grow into a better person. This is what my internship with Aboitiz was to me.
I was 18 and fresh out of my first year of college when I applied to be an intern. I was eager to do it as soon as possible, not only because it was a requirement for my scholarship, but also because I was excited for the opportunity. While graduating students would be fighting for internships and OJTs to gain work experience, I had the opportunity to work with such a prestigious company at a relatively early age.
Needless to say, with this excitement came a crippling fear of failure. The idea of actually going to work for a big corporation was completely foreign to me. I was a far cry from the most experienced intern there and I knew I had a lot to learn.
Thankfully, the team I was assigned to was more than willing to help me in that aspect. Not only were they extremely welcoming and considerate of me, they also taught me things I would never learn within the confines of a classroom. Truly, learning about companies from your textbooks and actually working for one are two completely different things. I was lucky to have mentors like Ms. Carol Rosini and Ms. Anji Azuelo – both such caring and appreciative bosses. They gave me tasks that challenged me, allowed me to sit in on seminars, and even invited me to have breakfast with them during one of my last days there. I could not have asked for a more fulfilling and wonderful experience as an intern.
The moment I finished the internship, I knew I was a different person from when I started – I knew that I had truly grown. Aside from definitely growing a few pounds heavier that summer, I grew as a person. This is perhaps the greatest thing you can ever ask for from an internship – the experience of growing into something better than you were before, the value of which you can’t possibly quantify.