“I came from a poor family background and paid for my studies while working as a janitor, therefore I’m dedicated to helping out of school youth acquire skills for a better future” said Pastor Gana. Pastor is the President of St. Paul Colleges Foundation, which is a private university located in Central Luzon, Philippines. Their mission is to help low-income students complete higher education through technical vocational courses. They have 1,000 students studying in a range of courses including hotel restaurant management, computer hardware servicing, consumer electronics, food and beverage and housekeeping courses.
St. Paul Colleges Foundation relied on government scholarships to support their operating costs because most of the students came from very poor families. In the Philippines, most of the government scholarships were administered under the Priority Development Assistance Fund where local senators allocated scholarships to higher education institutions in their areas. Financing for higher education scholarships was halted in 2013 and St. Paul College suffered a financing gap. After operating for 27 years, Pastor told us they may have to close their operations because they might not be able to pay their teachers and operation cost. Continue reading