Officials from Mapúa Institute of Technology and Petron Corp. and the Petron scholars from the Institute pose after the awarding of grants on October 3.
Fifteen engineering students of Mapúa Institute of Technology have been awarded big grants, including P5,000 monthly stipend, by Petron Corp. as the Institute forged its first educational partnership with the oil giant.
The scholarships are under the Petron Bataan Refinery’s (PBR) Special Campus Recruitment Program, which aims to help shape the next generation of Filipino engineers. More than half of the total 26 Petron scholars are Mapúans. >
Eight of the Mapúan scholars are 5th and 4th year chemical engineering students. The 5th year students are Radh Anton D. Handig, Ace P. Mangundayao, Ralph Mathew L. Palomaria and Neil Patrick P. Tangara. The 4th year students, on the other hand, are Roel M. Deduyo, John Philip D. Garcia, Charmaine S. Pinlac and Von Joby M. Romero. >
Fifth year mechanical engineering students also made it to the roster, namely Jerick C. Apetrior, Karl Kenneth S. Araojo, Nikoll S. Esguerra, Daniel Luke C. Guizon, Bon Ryan M. Mendiola and Lloyd M. Samaniego.
Third year electrical engineering student Bill Clinton L. Macalintal was also awarded a scholarship by Petron.
The Petron scholarship is offered to chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering students, said Engr. Mary Jane S. Casumbal, director of Mapúa’s Admissions, Scholarships and Career Services. According to her, all 26 scholars were chosen after rigorous screenings conducted by their schools and Petron officials.
"Selected from over 60 applicants, we consider our first batch of scholars as the creme de la creme of their schools," said Refinery Audit and Management Systems Manager Boyet P. Uapal, who is spearheading the program.
On top of the P5,000 monthly living allowance, the scholarship covers full tuition and miscellaneous fees, P3,000 quarterly allowance, and financial assistance while reviewing for their licensure examinations.
The select apprentices will also be given an opportunity to train in the company’s refinery in Limay, Bataan under the recruitment program. For outstanding scholars, an employment opportunity awaits them in PBR after graduation.
"By allowing scholars the chance to apply lessons learned inside the classroom in an actual work environment, we believe that we are further enhancing their acumen as engineers," Mr. Uapal said.
Engineering professors will also benefit from the partnership as they are welcome to visit the Bataan refinery. The visit will expose them to PBR facilities and operations and, consequently, give their students a better appreciation and a deeper understanding of the oil industry especially of the downstream petroleum business.
"The program is our way of giving back to the academe and the country. By prepping tomorrow's engineers today, we create bigger career opportunities for them in their homeland and keep them from seeking ‘greener pastures’ abroad after graduation," said PBR vice president Freddie P. Yumang.
Beyond scholarship grants
The ceremonial awarding of scholarships to students took place on October 3 in Ortigas. Mapúa was represented by Dr. Bonifacio Doma, executive vice president for Academic Affairs, Engr. Casumbal, Dean Luz Lozano, dean of School of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Engr. Ronald Santiago, subject chairperson for Electrical Engineering, and Mariel Sodsod, Scholarship Financial Assistance officer.
On November 10, a contract signing between the students and Petron was held at Mapúa’s Plenary Hall.
"Our partnership with the best engineering universities in the country goes beyond providing scholarship grants. Through it, we are opening ourselves and the gates of PBR to the academe," Mr. Yumang said. "We envision our partnership to be long-lasting. Thus, the academe can be assured that Petron will be there for them for the long-term.”
Engr. Casumbal is also optimistic that over time, the partnership between Mapúa and Petron will expand to cover other areas such as research.
“The linkage with Petron is not limited to scholarship grants because eventually we will also have partnership with them in terms of on-the-job trainings, in terms of curriculum development and research. So, probably in the future there might be a development of petroleum track,” she said.
She added that the Mapúa-Petron partnership only affirms that “indeed we deliver quality education because our graduates are still very much preferred by the biggest names in various industries and Petron is one of them.”