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This space is not exclusively for Scranton Scholars! Therefore, anyone who wants to become friends
with Scranton Scholars and build a global network is always welcomed to visit this page.
Feel free to share your ideas, life stories, testimonies, and any updates throughout your studies
and your life with Scranton members and women leaders!

Achieving One Dream At A Time

So just a few days ago, I graduated in College!!! (Hooray!) Finally after years of dwelling in the University life, I am finally up for a brighter path ahead of me and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me. But before I get into detail about my dreams and plans after graduation, first, I want to extend my utmost gratitude to my parents who willingly sacrificed almost everything just to sustain our education.Seeing my parents' beams as I gracefully walked up on stage to receive my diploma made me tear a little because finally, after numerous years, all of their children are now degree holders. They indeed have all the bragging rights because my graduation is not my success but theirs.But as I graduate, realizations came in and that's when everything starts to confuse the most certain parts of me.At the early age of 9, I already envisioned myself to be a writer by profession. Someone who writes films and someone who has written an ample amount of books which got almost everyone hooked. I know myself and without doubt, writing is something that makes me the happiest. As I would always say, 'words are my weapons'.When something happens to me, may it be bad or not, the first thing that comes into my mind is to write about it. Without a doubt, writing is something I excel at doing and it makes me genuinely blissful. With my burning passion for writing, almost everyone around me constantly tells me that I am blessed because at such a young age, I already discovered who and what I wanted myself to be as I grow old. People continuously praised me for protecting my only dream. Little did they know, apart from being a writer, I have a secret dream and let me tell you about it. I also wanted to be a lawyer. I have been dreaming about it since I was in grade 9, when I discovered myself getting fond of reading crime related novels, getting interested with laws and politics and even find myself searching for the 1987 Philippine Constitution online! It was in 2012 when I started indulging myself with kdramas whose main characters are either in conflict with the law or are lawmakers. Been really itching to get the 'Atty' before my name since then. At the same time, dreaming of becoming a writer, too because I believe that as an individual, we are not entitled to just one dream!But knowing our family's current financial situation at that time, I killed that dream. I buried my dream of becoming a lawyer deep down my system. And focused on my ultimate dream instead.So I enrolled for the Communication program at my University. My first year was fine, I did not entirely enjoyed it because most of my subjects are minor ones that didn't catch my interest because I literally had zero writing class back then.Fast forward to my second year in college when I started enjoying my course because I already had my writing classes that kept my passion for writing even stronger. My second year in college is also the time when I had a glimpse of what is like to be law student. We had a media law subject and each class made my heart jump in horror as Atty. (Our professor) shuffles the index cards for recitation. And for some odd reason, I am enjoying the thrill. There was even a time when I wished to be called to recite one case because I am certain that I know every little detail about it. Without a doubt, I really enjoying reading the assigned cases.My second year in college made my desire to achieve both dreams, stronger. But growing up in the family of middle class means compromising.I wasn't born rich, not exactly poor, either. I grew up in a 'just fine' family. We only had enough resources. And law school could be financially challenging. I am afraid that my parents' financial capabilities are not ready for it.I've seen them struggling to pay for my expensive tuition fee, practically the main reason as to why I applied for scholarships to aid my parents with our finances. I am fortunate enough to have been blessed with a full scholarship grant. Thank you so much, Scranton!So what is the point of this post? I just need an outlet. I don't want to kill my lawyer-dream again and so I intend to protect thisdream his until I devide to pursue it. And pursuing it, means I should be financially ready to support myself because law school is costly.So I hope in 1-2 years time, I will be officially called a law student and years after, a lawyer and at the same time, a published writer. Today, I am shouting this to the universe with the hopes to get these dreams turn into reality.For now, I will keep myself busy achieving my ultimate dream of becoming a published writer and in a few years time, my law dream will follow. Mangangarap na lang ako, lulubusin ko na, diba?And as I close this chapter of my life (aka college) I, along with God, will be writing another and I cannot wait for that.

  • Kassandra Jane M. Flores
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  • Trinity University of Asia
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  • 2019 

DONATION DRIVE: Balik-Skwela (Back to School) Project (Siquijor, Philippines)

Hello Everyone! My name is Briget Ann B. Campong, and I am from Philippines. I study BS Social Work in Silliman University.  I am here today to share something big for my dearest Province, the Island of Siquijor, our Sangguniang Kabataan Council (Youth Council) came up with a project for our young Siqujodnons who are about to enroll this coming school year, the title of our plan is, “SK DONATION DRIVE: Balik-Skwela (Back to School) Project,” so this project will be effective from this month of May until June. Our goal is to prioritize those students who live or studies in some remoted areas in our province. I, as the Katipunan ng Kabataan Representative of our Municipality of San Juan, Siquijor, is asking for your support for these young individuals to pursue their studies by giving them school supplies. Some of these kids are not able to provide something for themselves, and this motivated us to pursue this project and to be able to provide for them through a donation drive. Thus, we are knocking on your generous hearts to donate any school supplies, or used books that are not being used anymore or any amount of cash to buy the aforementioned materials. If you wish to donate you can contact me on my social media accounts: Facebook: Vriget Campong - KK Representative SanJuan Gmail: brigetbcampong@su.edu.ph Instagram: @nebraskafades Here are also the rest of the people in my province you can contact with and their Facebook names: Hon. Rads Leones Tompong- SKMF PresidentHon.Mat Jumawan Buctolan- SKMF Vice PresHon.Jamaicah Tumapon- YFP SecretaryHon.AxlRose Ermita- SKMF SecretaryHon.Ram-ram Garnica Manginsay- LalaoHon.Radclife John - Poblacion Hon.Melard Kingking Vios- CanasaganHon.Aljustin Maningo- PalitonHon.Carlo KukuMaghanoy- SolangonHon.Jany Balongkit- CansayangHon.John Cris Tubal- TubodHon.Mac June Cabasag- NapoHon. Niwrem Winz Buctolan - TagiboHon. Jamaica Yuson - TimbaonHon. KlintJoy - Cangmunag or you may contact our reigning MISS SIQUIJOR TOURISM Dianne Estano"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."-Hebrews 13:16

  • Briget Ann Bucol Campong
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  • Silliman University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

No barrier

" The Lord will lay bear his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God"  - Isaiah 52:10      This was last May 4-5, 2019 at Abantes resort in Alamada Philippines. We were having the youth retreat together with the Mindanao Peace Movement volunteers. I was invited as one of the volunteers. This young people were our Muslim brothers and sisters. The goal of this activity was to unite the different scholars of the movement for the first time and to share to them the Kitab/ Scripture and retell the life of Isa/Jesus Christ. There were story tellings and reflections, games and swimming sessions. There were 26 participants.  I was amazed by the working of the Holy spirit to these youngster, during every sessions even though I am still learning to understand their language I can see their interest in knowing more about the life of Isa/Jesus our Savior, every reflection time they were so attentive and participative, I remember the passage in Romans 10:14 saying " How can they call on the one they have not believe in? and how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? most of us who knew about Christ as being the key to heaven just taken the opportunity to share the truth for granted, everyine of us deserves to know the key to salvation, nor ut of goodworks or selfsacrifices, its about tje salvation that comes alone ti Jesus Christ ( John 14:6 " Jesus said " I am the way the Truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me".) The Victory comes from the Lord Jesus Christ alone. To God be the Glory.

  • Marien Joy P. Letran
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  • Southern Christian College
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

His Faithfulness

" I command you be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or discourage for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go"- Joshua 1:9       This is my life verse, since the time I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal savior I was motivated by this.    I am Marien Joy P. Letran from Southern Christian College in Philippines taking Bachelor of Science in Social work.   My journey in College life was never been easy, There were ups and downs. I am not the best in our class in fact I tried to be the lowest  and it made me feel inferior, during that time I isolated myself and always compare myself to everyone who were more intelligent than me which is not right; the Lord came and rescue me through His word in Joshua 1:9, and it incourages me and motivated me again, His faithfulness is amazing. I rise up and try my best with God's help, I became the vice-governor in our department and a resource speaker during devotionals in our department's camps. I am really nothing without God, he provided everything I needed and more than what I needed, he uses different people and organizations to provide  everything and your ministry Scranton Women's leadership scholarship program is one of those blessing.        I graduated last April 8, 2019 and by Gods grace was chosen as the Best Student Field Worker in Group Work in our batch which I never expected. The Lord gives victory if we will just remain faithful to Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 " Trust I the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path Straight". Thank you Scranton, I pray that the Lord will continue to bless your ministry and especially to the people behind this program.  To God be the Glory.

  • Marien Joy P. Letran
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  • Southern Christian College
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

Leap of Faith

My name is Briget Ann B. Campong, 19 years of age and I’m from Philippines, an incoming Sophomore Student taking up BS Social Work in Silliman University. I am so glad that God made me get the opportunity to become one of Scranton’s undergraduate scholars. Never have I ever expected to be accepted, all I thought was that nothing's wrong with trying, with of course, the support of my Teachers in my department. I have started to realize that this is all part of His plan for my life, I just had an unexpected problem that happened recently and I’m still trying to figure out things now on my own. I am a working student and it’s never been easy to balance everything from being a student in the morning and to become an Online ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher at night. I’ve been teaching for a long time now and decided recently that I have to work extra because classes are fast approaching and I don’t want to burden my parents with more financial concerns. And I am most grateful to Scranton Women’s Leadership Center for providing me the opportunity to motivate me to become a more effective individual at school and in my community. This is really a big help for me because I can now think less of my concerns about school fees and I can focus in more other things that needed provision for maintenance. I am praying for the rest of this year to be a good one despite the bitter beginnings I have faced for the past few months. I am so excited for the classes to come and what awaits me for this year’s activities and surprises that God has planned out for me. I also can’t wait to share many things to everyone about the services I’ve shared and about to share to my community and to my school. All for His Glory! Thank you everyone.

  • Briget Ann Bucol Campong
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  • Silliman University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

Agent Of Change

Agent Of ChangeFirst, i would like to thank my God, Lord Jesus Christ who had brought me till here, nothing can compares his everlasting love and kindness. It isn't by coincidence if i had chance to get there with Scranton. I see that God always opens the way when we try and rely on His hand.  There’s a phrase say “All in good time” what means your achievement will happen when the time is right, no exception. And i believe that. Why? Because times shows you about process, a goal itself and it will shape your identity. I’m just 20 years old ordinary girl, who born in simple family, we are not rich, we are not poor - more than that, as a mature girl must be have an integrity and value, something you can proud of. Leader and role model is more likeably-simmilar to me, they have one vision to influence surrounding being. Women are expected to be a role model in leadership to other women or more.  What about me? Since kid, i realized hardskill weren't enough for unusual common world. I really work hard, from competition to any competition, and from organization until i found my truly purpose of life. As time goes by, my starting point come through-i guess. Who could have ever expected i was one of 5 selected student who joined design worksop held by NAFA Singapore? It was epic situation. I remember there were few time i fail on education, organization and even fail to be icon school for senior high school representative. But, like i said before.. it was all in good time and more than that i had found my truly purpose of my life. I believe someday i can be someone else role model. I am commited to continuing to fight and do the best for my education and to be a leader.For the wing of love there is anger; for the wing of destiny there is fear; for the wing of pain there is healing; for the wing of tears there is joy; for the wing of rejection there is acceptance, but for the wings itself there is perfection.   

  • Felicia Rosalie Tanzil
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  • Petra Christian University
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  • 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

This End is A New Beginning

Hello everyone,  I’m Lolita Febriana from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I hope you all doing well. Praise the Lord, I’m graduated last month on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. I’m so glad and one of the blessed students to be a part of Scranton Scholars. This scholarship provides many things in my life. It was a big help to my studies and I am very grateful for that. I don't feel that I've been studying for 4 years, because of much valuable knowledge and experiences that I got. Finally, all my hard work paid off with outstanding grades. I got the 3rd best graduate from all graduates of the architecture department with GPA 3,73. Finally, I passed on January 22, 2019. I have finished my thesis with the title “Design of Purbalingga Airport Passenger Terminal, Central Java, Indonesia”. I took the airport topic because I like traveling, airplane and the world of aviation. My responsibilities as a student have been completed, but it doesn't stop over here. This end is a new beginning. It’s time to welcoming my new real life and make my dreams come true. I started working but I have a dream to get a master's study abroad someday. The story above is a blessing from God that has been given to me through the Scranton Women's Leadership Center. Thank you very much Scranton for the scholarship that has been given to me for 2 years. I and my family would like to say thank you to Scranton for this great opportunity. I’m proud to be a part of the Scranton family. I always wish the best for the Scranton program in the future. May Almighty God bless us and success always for Scranton Women’s Leadership Center, amen. Warm regards, -Lolita Febriana Kusuma A-

  • LOLITA FEBRIANA KA
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2017 Undergraduate Scholarship

Failure & Focus

Failure is not because u can't do it, but because u forget about your focus

  • Azalia Indrawati Susanto
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  • Petra Christian University
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  • 2018 Undergraduate Scholarship

KIDAPAWAN CITY COLLEGIATE FEDERATION

March 19, 2019 the Kidapawan City held it's convocation at city gymnasium. Part of the said convocation was the giving of certificates and medals to us- the Kidapawan City Collegiate Federation(KCCF) officer graduating students as the Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista Leadership Award.?

  • Donesa P. Harder
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  • Southern Philippines Methodist Colleges
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  • 2016 Undergraduate Scholarship

Extraordinary Experience

First of all i’m grateful to be one of the recipients of Scranton Scholarship, because this scholarship really supports me in my study. I'm Natalie majoring in Biotechnology at Duta Wacana Christian University. I have finished my 5th semester and it was an interesting semester because semester 5 is a semester of competence in industry, I also had a lot of lab activities and to be honest it was really exhausting physically but was also fun. Classes, lab activities, reports, exams they were all like my routine during the 5th semester. I also became a camp committee (called biocamp) as a coordinator in health division. It was really interesting and fun to be in health division because health is my passion and I also have dreams for a career in health. So, being in health division gave me a great experience. Through that experience, I learned about leadership because in this event I became a leader in health division, where I had to arrange all matters relating to the health of other participants and committees which numbered almost 200 people. I learned a lot of things through my experience, especially communication, because I am an introvert. But through that experience I was "forced" to talk, express opinions, manage, and so on. So that's why the experience was an extraordinary experience, even though in class I also often made presentations, but the experience of being health coordinator was really different, because there I became "hope" and certainly I have a big responsibility to the health of the participants and my friends at that time. I hope the knowledge and skills that I have can be useful for the people around me and can bring positive change

  • Natalie Sandra Susanto
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2018 
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