My brother Asaph is one of the most talented and hardworking people that I know. Because we did not have much, he got a good education through scholarships: in grade school he was awarded a full scholarship at the Center of Excellence, a joint venture of the Department of Education and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. In high school, he was also awarded full scholarship as our district representative at the Batangas Province High School for Culture and Arts, a government school for gifted students. In college, he maintained a scholarship from the Commission on Higher Education. So I was not surprised when graduated from college with cum laude honors.
Along the way, he also picked up a few foreign languages, including French. As proof of his competence in the language, he even earned a Level B-1 Certification from the French Ministry of National Education administered by Alliance Francaise.
He first worked at Toyota Philippines for a year before transferring to JG Summit. While working as an engineer, he also taught French at a language school.
But it has always been his dream to further his knowledge and study abroad. That's why we were very glad when we heard that he was accepted at Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour – École Nationale Supérieure en Génie des Technologies Industrielles (a public French university and engineering school in the South of france) and was awarded with the “Talents' Academy Scholarship", a worldwide fellowship awarded to outstanding candidates with a clear passion in making a difference for the future of energy and the environment. He is one of the only four candidates--the only Filipino at that--accepted into the university's Master in Simulation and Optimization of Energy Systems (SIMOS) scholarship program.
His facility in the French language would definitely come in handy in his postgraduate studies. He chose this program of study because its focus is on renewable energy systems, a field that is ever more relevant to the country's drive to wean itself away from reliance on fossil fuel for its energy needs and to help stem off the adverse affects of climate change.
BUT the scholarship money awarded to him is not enough to cover all of his expenses until the end of 2021. The grant offered to him would only be enough to cover his tuition fees and not his monthly expenses. So we are asking help through this fundraising page. Any amount you give can contribute to the achievement of his professional dreams and his desire to contribute to the betterment of the country.