Studying at a prestigious private institution in the Philippines typically entails paying a high tuition fee. Fortunately, there are now plenty of scholarships and financial aid programs that can provide learning opportunities to less privileged individuals.
For example, Ateneo de Manila University now has a new scholarship program for incoming college students! Named the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program, the initiative aims to grant six talented Ateneans a full-board college scholarship throughout their four years at the university.
Fun fact: This scholarship is actually a partnership between Jordan Brand and children's rights organization Bahay Tuluyan. While the same program funded nearly 3,000 students in the United States, China, and France, the Philippines is the first-ever country in Southeast Asia to join the international initiative.
"Showing up for basketball culture is core to our purpose at Jordan Brand," Jordan Brand President Craig Williams explained. "And when you think about the community in Manila who shows so much love for the game, it only makes sense that we would bring Jordan Wings to them, to extend this spirit of excellence."
Beyond covering tuition fees and expenses, the scholarship will also provide skills training and career mentorship to every Wings Scholar. Plus, Wings Scholars will also be allowed to pursue any course they want!
Recently, six high school graduates of different backgrounds were already chosen for the country's very first batch of Wings Scholars. Ateneo alumni and basketball athlete Kiefer Ravena happily welcomed all of them to the Jordan family!
"Ateneo de Manila University instills in its students a spirit of excellence through education and a commitment to give back to the community, a value which now connects the six scholars with the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program's own purpose. With the power of these two organizations behind them, the path for these scholars is bright and I wish them every success in their future," Kiefer said.
Good luck on your college journey, Wings Scholars!