Scholarship to ease field work financial woes for UP CSWCD students

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

From left: CSWCD College Secretary Paul Edward Muego, UP OAR Director K.C. Abalos-Orendain, CSWCD Dean Lenore Polotan-Dela Cruz, Brandt Ivann Paul Aquino, John Bryan Salamanca, Perrie Rejuso, Jedidiah Apolinario and Adeza Ann Azares, AVP for Public Affairs Jeanette Yasol-Naval, and Dr. Aileen Reyes of the UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)


Immense relief from the mental and emotional toll of thinking about money for internship expenses. Less worrying about how to get extra income to cover financial requirements of field work. Money for food, transportation, and other personal needs that would otherwise be taken out of an already stretched family budget.


鈥淭he need to support CSWCD students doing field work was first identified because this entails allowances necessary to travel, work, and live with partner communities which are usually outside of Metro Manila and in remote areas.鈥濃擴P Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Jeanette Yasol-Naval (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)


These are some of the ways the Fe Parajas I. Benito Scholarship will benefit its recipients, according to the recipients themselves鈥擟ommunity Development majors Brandt Ivann Paul Aquino, Perrie Rejuso, and John Bryan Salamanca, and Social Work majors Jedidiah Apolinario and Adeza Ann Azares.

鈥淲hat we can do in return is to become good community development workers.鈥濃擩ohn Bryan Salamanca, on receiving the scholarship (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)


Jedidiah Apolinario says the scholarship is a big help in easing the burden of field work expenses on her family income, allowing her to focus more on her internship and attending to the needs of her clients. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)


The scholarship was launched on October 23 with the awarding of grants to the first batch of recipients, who are all fourth-year students of the UP Diliman (UPD) College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD). They are currently enrolled in the field instruction program, which is either community-based work or agency-based internship.

Established by Ted Benito in honor of his mother, who graduated with a 1954 BA Social Work degree from the then-UP College of Liberal Arts, the scholarship was his way of 鈥減aying it forward鈥: an act of compassion she instilled in him. Social work and social workers 鈥渘eed to be uplifted,鈥 he said.

US-based Ted Benito joins the launch and awarding via Zoom. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)


Eric Panuncialman, president of the UP Alumni Association of Greater Los Angeles (UPAAGLA), added that social work and community development are 鈥渧ery fulfilling humanitarian jobs.鈥 The UPAAGLA was Benito鈥檚 first link to getting the scholarship created. Coordination with the UP Office of Alumni Relations (OAR), UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, CSWCD, and the UPD Office of Scholarship and Grants laid the foundation for the firm establishment of the scholarship.


UPAAGLA President Eric Panuncialman delivers his message via Zoom. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
A group photo of those physically present and those who joined via Zoom (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)