Securing a good quality education is the main goal of parents. Setting out the path for the children to take. However, quality education entails quite a great sum of money. Some are lucky enough to obtain free education through scholarships. It is in trying we get to know our capabilities.
A son of a farmer have obtained such. Not from the promising schools present in the country but the outstanding Harvard University in the United States of America. It is quite a dream of a lifetime that became a really for this boy.
Romnick Blanco, seventh out of nine children and son of a farmer was more than blessed to have received such an honor. They live in the mountains of San Miguel, Bualacan where he used to do a lot of jobs with his parents; farming and sewing rags were not new to him.
Due to his determination and skill, he was chosen as a Foundation Scholar which funded his education at an international school located in Pasig City. He juggled being a student and working in a farm for the Foundation.
Established in 2009, after receiving a land grant of over 100 hectares, GreenEarth Heritage Foundation quickly established programs in order to urgently address environmental destruction, lack of sustainable agricultural livelihood opportunities and poor quality education, in order to help farmers and their children in Romnick’s community.
In 2011, Romnick became a sponsored child of the foundation. His benefits as a sponsored child included receiving a monthly subsidy to assist with the ancillary costs of public school education as well as free access to English and computer literacy classes at the foundation’s Learning Center, situated right in the middle of their reforestation site and an organic farm.
The foundation noticed Romnick’s unwavering commitment to learning, and soon, he was outpacing the other farmers’ children in English proficiency at the GreenEarth Learning Center. Through the foundation’s vision, dedication, and support, he gained a highly coveted five-year scholarship at the country’s oldest international high school, the International School Manila.
He then tried out his luck in submitting for a scholarship in Harvard University. Well this was the turning point of his life; his hard work together with determination worked. With this he passed where he opted to take an Education Course.
A promise of a determined and hardworking son; He will bring his parents to the United States of America after he graduates.
Meanwhile, Jessica Cuadro, daughter of a policeman, will be attending Columbia University in New York, also on full scholarship.
Blanco and Cuadro are among the 13 graduating students of ISM who are headed to Ivy League schools.
A strong heart is needed in this journey of life. Despite the adversaries, keep reaching for your dreams.
Source: GMA News