BY ANTONIO G. PAPA

PINUGAY, BARAS, Rizal –– The New Era University Alumni Association, Incorporated (NEU-AAI), distributed scholarship grants to 30 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) degree program of the NEU–Rizal, according to Brother Joey M. Red, Campus Director and Minister of the Gospel of the Church of Christ or Iglesia Ni  Cristo (INC).

An online handover ceremony was conducted during the 4th Founding Anniversary of the NEU–Rizal’s College of Agriculture held in the Baras Rizal campus on June 30, 2021.

It was participated in by the University officials, INC Ministerial overseers of the Campus, faculty members, students, and representatives of the alumni association (NEU-AAI), headed by Atty. Dr. Randy B. Escolango.

Dr. Nilo L. Rosas, NEU president, gave his welcome address during the program and thanked the NEU alumni association for their collective efforts in helping finance the studies of some of the University’s students.  He said, “Financing their studies and fulfilling their dreams is a step closer because of the scholarship grants.”

On the part of NEU–AAI, Atty. Dr. Randy Escolango said, “Practice generosity––as he encouraged the scholarship grantees to give back once they finish their studies.”

“The act of helping back is one of the simplest things an alumnus or alumna can do out of gratitude. The scholarship grants, support the training of future agriculturists who will then join and contribute to the university’s battle against poverty, hunger, and food insecurity,” according to the College Dean, Dr. Perigio B. Francisco, Jr.

“This work, especially on food security, is not only for the university nor for the community where it is in, but also for the entire country, as it is aligned to one of the University’s vision: service to humanity,“ adds Francisco, Jr.

On behalf of the NEU Rizal Campus, Brother Joey M. Red, the Campus Director, expressed his appreciation to the benefactors for their financial assistance to the students. In his thanksgiving speech, he was much more than grateful for having everyone helping each other, making such an event notable.

The scholarship recipients had a video presentation that showed how thankful they were.  They talked about how the scholarship will be helpful, not only to them but also to their families.

Included in the video presentation was a parent of one of the grantees who was happy upon hearing the news about his child, receiving the scholarship.  The students pledged to study well so that the grants they received will be worth it.

Above all, everyone has always been grateful for the Almighty Father, for giving wisdom and strength to Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, in leading the entirety of the Church of Christ, particularly in this context, its educational arm––the New Era University.