Hello ya'll! This is the first time we're actually doing this, but we do hope you can read it until the end.
The 17-year-old above is Michael and he is an upcoming Grade 10 junior high school student. He is currently enrolled in a private school at Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines under the country's K-12 curriculum program.
Michael grew up with a broken family where he was raised half of his childhood life with his mother at Baguio City, more than 200 km from his hometown. After almost ten years physically away from his father, he finally got the chance to be reunited due to financial constraints when Michael was staying on his mother's side. Today, Michael's parents are still married but they are now currently separated from one another. He does not know the whereabouts of his mother while his father is the only one sacrificing in order for his only child to pursue quality education. With no concrete jobs at hand, his father is self-employed.
Coming off from a public school, Michael got the opportunity to be at the private institution because he was hailed as the valedictorian of his class during sixth grade. From there, he started his high school journey with resiliency as he has been a consistent honor student from the past three years. He is also an active campus journalist of their student newspaper. Spanning for over five years, Michael made a habit of competing at the annual Schools Press Conference, the biggest academic competition in the Philippines, at both division and regional levels. He then qualified to advance into the national stage at Dumaguete City for the first time last school year.
Michael is also a mathematics aficionado. Ever since stepping foot at Grade 3, he had a passion for the field so much that he is still representing his school in the Metrobank-MTAP-Math Challenge, a yearly nationwide math competition for Grades 1-10. He made a name of himself in the contest, winning at least in the top 10 at both written and team categories. His recent victory was a first place finish in the Grade 9 team contest, sharing the award with his partner.
But as days seem to be going to go smoothly for the youngster, unfortunate events would start to show up. Michael's scholarship program with a tobacco company called Mighty Corporation were faced with tax evasion charges last 2017. This led for them to forcefully pay the funds or unless, they would have to face serious consequences. Fearing of the company shutting down, they settled the dispute when Mighty paid it all completely. On October 2017, the company then has sold all of its rights to a Japanese firm thus ending the partnership of all scholars to the tobacco giant.
Michael continues to dream big and hopefully get a chance to meet his mother someday by pushing further on his education. He would like to thank all individuals who made the Mighty Corporation scholarship possible. But due to the transpired events and enrollment for the next academic year is in under a few weeks away, searching for an another scholarship grant would not be an option. That is why Michael and his father need to move on.
We are asking for your help to raise at least Php 35,000 to cover Michael's expenses for the entire academic year which would cover all the necessary needs from his tuition fee and miscellaneous fee up until the books he needed.
If you do not have a PayPal account, you can reach us through his father's cellphone number (+63) 921-215-1501.
Thank you for reaching this far!