GBP celebrates the graduation of its pioneer batch of college scholars
Global Business Power Corporation (GBP) had reason to celebrate as its pioneer batch of college scholars graduated amid the challenging educational environment posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The three GBP scholars – Kaye Nicole Bacalso, Kent John Caburnay and James Edoloverio – graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Cebu Technological University
Like a parent, GBP President Jaime T. Azurin was proud of the three graduates, especially since they have been scholars of the company since they were in Grade One. “We have seen them grow and have seen their hard work from elementary school students to college undergrads,” said Azurin. “Now they are ready to be productive members of society and be able to support their respective families.”
This is what GBP had envisioned when the company decided to pursue the scholarship program. The scholars are selected from deserving students from indigent families from GBP’s adopted communities near their plant sites in Cebu, Iloilo, Aklan, and Mindoro.
There are 805 scholars under the GBP Scholarship program, as of 2020, with 239 from Cebu, 334 from Iloilo, 172 from Aklan, and 60 from Mindoro. Of this number, 305 are in elementary, 389 in high school, and 12 in college, including the three recent graduates.
Aside from school fees, GBP supports the education of these students by providing school supplies and uniforms to its elementary scholars and money allowance to high school and college scholars.
According to Azurin, the courses offered for the scholarship programs are engineering courses. “We at GBP believe that these courses are crucial in nation-building and economic progress as these seek to solve complex issues with modern and innovative solutions,” said Azurin.
Recognizing that education is vital in creating an enlightened nation, GBP’s educational program uses a holistic approach to train its scholars. With the help of their teachers, the students are not only taught to excel academically, but also mentored to prepare them for bigger leadership roles in the future. On top of their school activities, GBP conducts regular values formation programs, leadership workshops and pep talks for the scholars.
Partner-teachers also share in the path towards excellence. They are provided with regular seminars with a wide range of subjects – from gender and development, mental health, individualized learning, and learning difficulties – to enable them to learn new approaches and techniques in effectively managing classes.
GBP believes an empowered nation starts from an empowered citizenry; and it all begins with the quality of education the youth received and the competence their educators possess. This is the reason the company Invests in programs catering to both students and teachers to create an optimum environment for holistic and continuous learning.
“The graduation of Kaye, Kent and James shows that we are on the right track. We will continue to support and improve on the program as we pursue our vision of enlightening lives and empowering progress,” shared Azurin. #