On May 2, 2017, 83 Shell Gas Mo, Bukas Ko – Fund for University Education and Leadership Development (GMBK-FUEL) scholars from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) – Sta. Mesa were conferred with bachelor degrees. 23 of them graduated cum laude and two were magna cum laude.
The GMBK-FUEL Scholarship was a two-and-a-half-year programme of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) for 100 deserving students of PUP who took the following courses: Bachelor of Science (BS) Industrial Engineering, BS Electrical Engineering, BS Chemical Engineering, BS Accountancy, and Bachelor of Transportation Management.
Getting a university degree was not without challenges. Apart from the academic hurdles, many of the scholars had to overcome personal issues and work extra hard to keep the scholarship.
“Growing up, I did not experience many things that people my age were enjoying. That pushed me to exert extra effort in everything I do. By not having it all, I’m inspired to work harder. I use my talent not just to finance my needs, but also to help my family,” said Christian Paul Llait, a BS Industrial Engineering graduate.
Amidst all challenges, the scholars were able to drive their way to the finish line and GMBK-FUEL has certainly fuelled them to complete the race.
“The scholarship helped me a lot. Aside from the free tuition and allowance, it opened a lot of opportunities for me, like having an internship at Shell – one of the leading companies in the country,” Llait added.