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Global Give Scholarship Winners Report Academic Successes

Athena Study Abroad launched its First Annual Athena “Global Give” Charity Fundraiser at NAFSA in Denver, Colorado, in 2016. Through generous donations from supporters throughout the field of international education as well as Athena’s dollar-for-dollar donation match, we were able to donate enough to the GoAbroad Foundation to result in the creation of a new annual GoAbroad Annual Scholarship that each year, supports a student in the Philippines to attend college for an entire academic year. 

Where are Athena’s Global Give recipient students now? 

We are thrilled to share updates on our scholarship awardees! 

James Ronald was the 1st Annual Global Give Scholarship recipient to continue his bachelor’s studies in Secondary Education at Leyte Normal University in the Philippines for the 2017-18 academic year. He sent this friendly letter in which he explains his summer plans and how he enjoys teaching. 

Jerlyn Mae was the 2nd Annual Global Give Scholarship recipient, which she used to continue her bachelor’s studies in Elementary Education, also at Leyte Normal University, for the 2018-19 academic year. Jerlyn also has graduated and, in her letter, she expresses her gratitude and her joy in having achieved her dream of a university degree.

Betty Griego was the 3rd Annual Global Give Scholarship recipient, using it to help pursue her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Eastern Visayas State University in the Philippines for the 2019-20 school year. Betty passed the first and second terms of classes, and she is currently taking the mid-year classes. Betty helped out during the annual health check-up conducted by the nonprofit Volunteer for the Visayans’ (VFV) Dumpsite Project. She acted as a translator for the volunteer doctors, who also gave her words of encouragement in her studies and generally to help her reach her life dreams.

VFV, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004, traces its roots back to the early 1990s, when volunteers from Florida’s Jacksonville University, led by Troy Peden, traveled to Tacloban City to launch their project called Building Hope. It consisted of a series of community development and social welfare projects, including renovating and repairing the typhoon-damaged Sagkahan National High School. Peden and his volunteers, returning Tacloban City every year, worked closely with the Tacloban City Social Welfare and Development Office and developed a model and structure for VFV–which then obtained support from the GoAbroad Foundation.

To all of Athena’s Global Give scholarship winners, congratulations! 

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