“Life has a way of working out just when you start to believe it never will.”
This line encapsulates the fate of Patrick Vince Anoba, a college scholar of AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation, who recently graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from the University of Southeastern Philippines-Mintal.
Even before completing high school, Patrick was on the brink of losing hope for pursuing college because he was aware that his family’s financial condition cannot support this dream. He always thought that it was just impossible. However, he never stopped looking for ways to overcome this obstacle.
“Before my high school graduation was the time I badly needed to find and get a scholarship. I started taking exams for some government’s scholarships but I wasn’t picked,” Patrick shared.
“And then one of my teachers recommended me and my schoolmate to Hedcor. Later after we took the exam, I was so happy to receive a call from the company and eventually got interviewed, and finally, by God’s grace, I was granted with full scholarship,” he added.
AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor has been giving full college scholarships to qualified students in its host areas as part of its commitment to advancing business and communities.
What kept Patrick determined was the thought of how great it was to have the opportunity to finish college, soon help his family, and make his mom proud.
“Hedcor provided more than enough to really help me finish college. Aside from the free tuition fee, Hedcor also lent allowance for my projects and requirements. Whenever I was able to save money from these, I shared it with my mom,” he said.
“I am greatly thankful to Hedcor for granting him the scholarship,” Mariluz Anoba, Patrick’s mother, said.
Among hundreds of graduates, Patrick was the only one who marched as cum laude under the BS Agribusiness program in their batch. Now, he is reviewing for his licensure exam set next year, which is still covered by the scholarship offered by Hedcor.
“Million thanks to Hedcor and Aboitiz Foundation. I hope they continue to support youth like me who have dreams but financially struggling. I hope also that other companies will get inspiration from you so more dreams can come true,” expressed Patrick.
Patrick lives within the areas of Hedcor’s Talomo hydropower plants. To date, Hedcor is operating 21 hydro plants across the country and generating a total of 245 megawatts of clean and renewable energy.