Scholarships helps Filipina start new life in Canada

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Sunday, July 6, 2014


VANCOUVER, B.C. -- A Filipino woman whose family was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) got the support she needs to start a new life in Canada with a full scholarship from Sprott Shaw College.

The scholarship will fully cover tuition, student fees and books for Nenita Yap, who will be entering the Health Care Assistant diploma program at Sprott Shaw College.

Last November, while Yap was working in Surrey under the Live-in Caregiver Program, Typhoon Yolanda hit her hometown in the Philippines where many of her family were living. Yap lost 10 family members, including her mother and sister. All the family’s personal belongings were destroyed. The family of one of Yap’s older sisters still lives in a tent.

“This scholarship means a lot to me and my family,” said Yap, whose 13-year-old daughter and 16-year-old orphan niece hope to join her in Canada. “The money that I would have appropriated for my tuition fees can now help rebuild our family home and give my siblings’ families the starting capital for an income-generating business that will enable them to be self-sufficient.”

In thanking Sprott Shaw College for the opportunity, she said: “I am determined to alleviate my current situation by continuing education, to give me a stepping stone and a fighting chance to be immediately employable.”

Sprott Shaw College invited Filipinos living in B.C. to submit essays detailing their experiences around Typhoon Yolanda. In her winning essay, Yap detailed her family’s experiences and explained how the scholarship would help improve her and their lives.

Yap received the scholarship from Patrick Dang, president of Sprott Shaw College, at the Philippine Consulate in Vancouver last June 30, on the eve of Canada Day.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to support Nenita who has worked so hard and cared so much for her family despite all odds,” Patrick Dang said.

“Sprott Shaw strives to be a strong partner to Nenita, and to the Filipino community in B.C. and abroad,” he added. (PR)

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