De Venecia scholar thanks his benefactor
THE son of a poor couple from Barangay Longos Central in San Fabian thanked the De Venecia family, particularly Fourth District Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia, for the opportunity given him to realize his dream for a better life for him and his family.
Bryan Kim Soriano, a scholar of the De Venecia Scholarship Foundation, is on his third year in Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation at the Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy (PAMA) in Dagupan City.
A son of a poor family who graduated Senior High School had no chance to go to college, Bryan passed the qualifying examination for the De Venecia scholarship grant and became one of the thousands of sons and daughters of poor families in the Fourth District of Pangasinan who was given a chance to enroll in a four-year course of his choice.
Former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. established the scholarship program in the late 1960s during his first term in the House of Representatives, and relaunched it in 1987 when he returned to his post.
Manay Gina de Venecia continued the scholarship program as a legacy of the De Venecia family to give back to the people of the Fourth District who supported all the family’s programs and projects throughout their incumbency.
More scholars were chosen when Rep. Toff De Venecia took over the seat at the House of Representatives
Bryan confessed that if not for the De Venecia scholarship grant, he would have had no chance to go to college as his father is a mere ordinary construction worker while his mother sells food and other perishable items in the market to boost the family’s meager income.
He said as a De Venecia scholar, he had ceased to be a financial burden to his parents who through their daily sacrifice enabled them to save, to support, and to bankroll the education of his two siblings.
About to graduate in his chosen course, Bryan wants to make a video message to personally express his gratitude to Congressman Toff for the golden opportunity given him and his family.
Meanwhile, a three-storey building is being built with nine classrooms at the West Central Elementary School II through the initiative of Congressman De Venecia. (Leonardo Micua)
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