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Itogon teen is Hedcor scholarship recipient

A CONSISTENT honor pupil since grade school and all through high school, sixteen-year old Charlene G. Bugtong from Ampucao in Itogon, Benguet is this year’s recipient of the Hedcor, Inc. College Scholarship grant.

Charlene signed the contract with Hedcor in time for the school opening in acceptance of the scholarship and the terms and conditions that go with it. She will be pursuing a degree in Accountancy at the Saint Louis University.

Hedcor Senior Vice President Chris Fernando B. Faelnar signed for Hedcor.

Charlene is the second of two daughters of John Bugtong who is currently unemployed due to his medical condition after suffering a stroke. Her mother Arlene makes both ends meet by vending.

Under the college scholarship grant, Charlene shall enjoy full payment of her tuition fees including miscellaneous and other required school fees. She is also entitled to P1,500 each semester for the books prescribed by the school and a P1,000 transportation allowance each month.

Also under the contract, the scholar’s choice of courses to pursue shall be limited only to Accountancy, Business Administration and Engineering.

The scholar shall carry a regular prescribed full-load every semester or term and shall maintain an average grade of 80 percent each term or semester.

The scholarship shall not apply for summer classes unless it is required by the school “or for some reasons that may benefit the scholar and which shall be subject to approval by Hedcor”.

The contract also provides that Hedcor shall have the option to withdraw the scholarship grant due to the scholar’s failing grades in any of her subjects or failure to attain and average grade of at least 80 percent each semester.

The scholarship grant shall also be discontinued if the scholar fails to enroll the prescribed number of units based on the regular schedule at a given semester, except for the reason of advancement such as summer classes.

The scholar also stands to lose her privilege if she shifts to another course. Tampered grades can also be a ground to discontinue the scholarship. Involvement in any act detrimental to her studies (such as marriage, impregnation, habitual absenteeism from her classes and commission of a crime) shall also be a ground for the cancellation of the scholarship grant.

Last April, Hedcor scholar Junie Valdez graduated from the University of Cordilleras with a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is the eldest child of a bean-growing couple from the remote barangay of Banengbeng in Sablan, Benguet.

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