Twenty-seven Filipinos have been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarships by the UK government for the coming academic year.
The scholars were recently honored at a reception hosted by British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad at his residence on August 25. Also present at the reception were families of the scholars, members of the Chevening alumni network in the Philippines.
“I’m delighted to see so many Chevening Scholarships awarded in the Philippines this year. This is our biggest number ever so these future leaders are making history. Working with our partners, we are very fortunate to have been able to increase the number of scholarships this year, reflecting our strong commitment to a dynamic UK-Philippine relationship,” Ambassador Asif Ahmad said as he welcomed his guests.
The Chevening Scholars are: Ysmael Mangorsi, Maila Beniera, Maria Carmen Fernandez, Tasneem AbdulRauf, Asnin Pendatun, Maria Lourdes Gregorio, Edy Lynn Santiago, Julius Lotilla, Paul Zambrano, Ianela Carla Ortiz, Benedict Nisperos, Carizza Castelo, Anya Palileo, Micaela Papa, Asryman Rafanan, Raymond Astillas, Robert Siy, Aison Garcia, Rhio Fuentes-Nuylan, Margarita Villanueva, Miguel Dorotan, Carmela Fonbuena, Emilio Marañon 3rd, Baby Ruth Villarama, Marc Cebreros, Irene Valones and Ivan Ledesma. They will pursue Masters Degrees at different educational institutions in the UK in the fields of: finance and economics, law and human rights, trade, art & film, health and sciences, governance, and peace and conflict studies.
He continued, “We plan to see this number increase next year. The application window for that is now open so I urge all potential future leaders with a dynamic vision for the future to seriously consider Chevening. Competition for scholarships remains intense, so my warm congratulations to our 27 successful scholars. I’m sure your time in the UK will help you develop your vision and plans and allow them to be put into effect when you return to the Philippines.”
The ambassador also took time to thank the scholarship’s co-sponsors in the Philippines namely Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Megaworld Foundation and Shell Philippines Inc.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the British Government to those who have a vision and drive to become future leaders in their chosen fields and countries. The scholarships were named after the Chevening House, the British Foreign Secretary’s official country residence.
Applications to Chevening Scholarships are ongoing; log on to www.chevening.org/apply for more information.