TLC granted four full scholarships and one partial scholarship for School Year 2013 – 2014 under its Financial Assistance Program (FAP). The FAP is one of the school’s Community Service Programs. It aims to provide students the opportunity to avail of the school’s Special Education programs and services. The FAP is available for students from low income families with parents or guardians who are either minimum wage earners or have no fixed income.
The school’s scholars for the year are Edrian L. Billojan, Teofe A. Cajes, Aaron Joshua A. De Quiros, Ivan L. Fuentes, and Vito Marthus Deus F. Abad.
Edrian, fondly called Dede, is a ten year old boy with Down syndrome and intellectual disability. His father, Elvis, is a family driver, while his mother, Marlyn, is a housekeeper. He is the youngest in a brood of four children. His eldest brother works as a crew member in a fastfood restaurant while an older sister is out-of-school and unemployed. A twelve year old brother attends a nearby public school. The Billojan’s live in Sitio Manggahan II, Merville, Paranaque City, an area with poor living conditions. According to Mrs. Billojan, “Gusto naming makapag-aral si Edrian, kasi gustung-gusto na niyang pumasok sa school. Gusto naming matuto siya.” Edrian was awarded a full scholarship under the Sparrow Class.
Teofe is a nineteen year old girl with intellectual disability. She lives with her widowed mother, Francisca, and her siblings at an indigent area in Balagbag, Brgy. 201, Merville Access Road, Pasay City. One of her older brothers is employed as a construction worker, while two older brothers are security guards. A younger sister studies in the nearby public school. This is Teofe’s third year to be awarded a full scholarship under the Sheltered Workshop Class and Activity Workshop A Class. According to her mother, “Gusto ko po na ipagpatuloy iyong pag-aaral niya dito sa TLC para lalo pa siyang matuto.”
Aaron Joshua or AJ is a seven year old boy with epilepsy and global developmental delay. His father, Arnel, is a janitor, while his mother, Jocelyn, is a housewife. They live in an impoverished neighborhood in Barina Compound, Merville Access Road, Pasay City. The eldest of two children, AJ takes maintenance medications for his condition. His medication needs utilize a major part of his family’s monthly income. This is AJ’s third year to be awarded a full scholarship under the Sparrow Class.
Ivan, fondly called Van-Van, is a twelve year old boy with intellectual disability. His father, Harlou, is a tricycle driver, while his mother Lorna, is a housekeeper. The youngest in a brood of six, Van-Van lives with his family in Sitio Bukid, Manggahan II, Merville, Paranaque City. His siblings are unemployed and their family lives in a poverty-stricken area. Van-Van was awarded a full scholarship under the Eagle Class.
Vito Marthus Deus, Vito for short, is a seven year old boy with autism. His father, Lincoln, is a government employee, while his mother, Angel, was a graduate student. Vito studied in TLC for SY 2010 – 2011. However, in January 2011, Mommy Angel left Vito and his then seven-month old brother, Abram, for graduate school. Sadly, she did not return even after her graduation on December 2011. Since then, Vito and Abram have been under the care of their retired paternal grandparents, Lolo Dominador and Lola Marietta, who depend solely on their pension for their monthly needs. Vito was awarded a partial scholarship under the Sparrow Class.
As a non-stock, non-profit educational foundation, TLC is committed to making private Special Education more affordable for all students. Full or partial financial assistance is available for students from eligible families with established financial need. Scholarship grants cover the fees of a student’s tuition and school materials.
The FAP is open to special needs children, adolescents and adults who meet the following criteria:
- Clinically diagnosed with a developmental condition such as autism, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), or cerebral palsy with moderate to high levels of functioning
- Filipino citizen
- Not more than 25 years old
- Belong to a low-income family with parents or guardians who are either minimum wage earners or have no fixed income
The FAP is funded by the school’s yearly solicitation for sponsors and donors. All scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds.
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