Dipolog City (6 September) — A businesswoman based in this city who finished her business administration degree at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) is now supporting ten scholars in that university.
Ms. Emma Antipuesto-Mutia, a self-made businesswoman who owns the EJ Agricultural Supply whose main store is based in this city has committed herself to providing financial support to ten poor but deserving students who are in their third year or fourth year in college at the university.
“My heart bleeds for students who, despite financial difficulties, still strive to pursue their studies even if they have nothing to eat,” Mutia told the officers of the Association of IIT Alumni Foundation, Inc. (AIITAFI) who came here for their first board meeting.
Mutia invited the group to have a dinner at her residence and right there she signed away checks for the scholars.
AIITAFI President Darwin Manubag also explained to the benefactor that the scholars are selected based on certain criteria set by AIITAFI itself. One criterion an applicant is going to meet aside from being the poorest of the poor is he/she must have a general point average of 2.0 or better.
As to why the scholarship is only open to junior or senior students, Manubag said the last two years in college are critical in that many students are forced to leave school due to lack of support. “Having survived at IIT for the first two years, it pains to see them stop in third year or fourth year because they lack resources,” stressed Manubag.
In a related development, the AIITAFI President beamed with pride to report that MSU-IIT is number two top performing schools in nursing in the whole country and its college of education is the only center of excellence among the universities and colleges in Mindanao.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has also recognized IIT?s science and mathematics courses as center of excellence. (PIA-ZN)