University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:26

2018 ‘summa’ leads graduating OSA scholars


“Why settle for less when you can do better?”

This was the principle that Paul Joshua Marquez, graduating BS Agriculture student, borrowed from one of his mentors and one that has guided him during his four-year stay in the University.

This attitude and behavior of giving his “best in everything, every time” – be it in attending classes, studying for exams, and, as he quipped, even in playing computer games, has led to outstanding results. Marquez will earn his university degree as summa cum laude and class valedictorian at the upcoming 46th UPLB Commencement Exercises on June 23.

Marquez, a recipient of the Estores Tiauzon Angeles Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship and the UP Presidential Undergraduate Scholarship grant, 2 of the 32 scholarships under the management of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), shared his insights and expressed gratitude on behalf of his fellow graduating scholars during OSA’s Recognition of Scholars and Donor Partners on June 14 at the Makiling Hall, Student Union Building.

Now in its fourth year, the program recognizes the achievements of UPLB students who have received scholarships implemented by the University and acknowledges the generosity of its donors who have committed to help students finish their studies. Graduating scholars and donors’ representatives graced the celebration.

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, in an inspirational message delivered on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., commended the scholars for their determination and encouraged them to be the best they can be to better serve the country.

Present during the event were OSA officials, namely: Atty. Eleno O. Peralta, officer-in-charge, and Jenette Lory P. Tamayo, head of the Scholarships and Financial Assistance Division.

Also present were Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, past director of OSA; Dr. Casiano S. Abrigo, executive director of the UPLB Foundation, Inc.; and deans, namely: Dr. Arnold R. Elepaño and Dr. Felino P. Lansigan of the College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences, respectively. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)