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DLSU Br. Andrew Gonzalez Academic Scholarship

DLSU Br. Andrew Gonzalez Academic Scholarship

Scholarship Background

Brother Andrew was born in Manila on February 29, 1940, and was given the name Macario at baptism. He is descended from a family that has been involved in education for three generations. His grandfather, Joaquin Gonzalez was a member of the Malolos Constitutional Assembly and was the founding Rector of the Universidad Literaria de Filipinas under the Aguinaldo Government. Joaquin’s son, Bienvenido Ma. Gonzalez, was Dean of the Agricultural College at Los Baños when he was named President of the University of the Philippines, from 1939 to 1943, and then from 1945 to 1951. Gonzalo W. Gonzalez served as Regent of the University of the Philippines and Professorial Lecturer at its College of Law, and Eva Beatriz Gonzalez was Dean of the College of Home Economics; both were children of Bienvenido.

Andrew Gonzalez is the nephew of Bienvenido Ma. Gonzalez, the son of Bienvenido’s older brother, Augusto Gonzalez y Sioco, and Rosario Arnedo, the daughter of Macario Arnedo, the first elected Governor of the Province of Pampanga during the first decade of the American regime, from 1902 to 1911, and in acting capacity, 1919.

Macario Gonzalez entered De La Salle College in Manila in 1946, thus beginning a lifelong association with the De La Salle Brothers. He was a brilliant pupil and his classmates in grade school remember him being accelerated and collapsing two grades in one year (prep and Grade 1, Grade 2 and 3) and completing elementary and high school in nine years and graduating as salutatorian. He attended college at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota, one of the tertiary institutions run by the La Salle Brothers in the U.S., and obtained his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in 1959, when he was only 19 years old. Just one year after obtaining his B.A. he graduated, at age 20, with a Master of Arts in English Literature from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., writing his thesis on D.H. Lawrence’s The Woman Who Rode Away.

Br. Andrew was Chair of the Humanities Department of De La Salle College, Manila, in 1971, and he then became Academic Vice-President of De La Salle University from 1971 to 1978. In 1978, he garnered first place among 100,000 examinees in the first Philippine Board Examinations for Teachers, scoring 86.12%. He was Acting President of the University in 1978 and President for four terms from 1979 to 1991.

As an educational leader, Br. Andrew aggressively pursued his vision of making De La Salle University not only a center of teaching excellence but also a research university. He actively recruited first-rate scholars and creative writers, and he obtained local and foreign scholarships and grants for them. He instituted the trimestral system primarily to attract and retain faculty by being able to match the salaries of industry. He doubled the student population to keep pace with the growing population of the country and its need for a bigger base of well-trained engineers, computer scientists, entrepreneurs, scientists, writers, teachers, and researchers. He promoted graduate education, instituting new master’s and doctoral degree programs and developing consortia arrangements to sustain them. He built up the endowments of the University. He founded the College of St. Benilde as a center for innovative teaching and acquired a College of Medicine to meet the demand for trained doctors and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas to serve a sector of the rural population.

Br. Andrew’s stint as Education Secretary was short but crucial to the history of education in the country. He proposed that the number of subjects in the curriculum be reduced, leading to the revised Basic Education Curriculum now used in all public schools. He instituted a corruption-free procurement process commended even by the World Ban, successfully bringing the prices of textbooks down by 54.5%. He built 22,200 new schoolrooms and ordered schools to hold double, even triple sessions to handle the growing student population. He started the computerization of schools. He streamlined the administration of the NEAT and NSAT and ensured that the test results would be used by DECS to improve the delivery of instruction.

In granting him the title of President Emeritus, De La Salle University-Manila reaffirms the gratitude to Br. Andrew.

Scholarship Benefits

full tuition and fees starting on freshman year

Scholarship Qualifications

High school valedictorians and salutatorians of La Salle district schools

Scholarship Requirements

pass entrance requirements: DLSU CAT

Number of Slots

1

Scholarship Application Schedule

Application Period Exam Schedule Scholarship Results Date
automatically awarded to qualified students DLSU CAT to be announced by DLSU OAS

Scholarship Exam Coverage

  • DLSU CAT coverage

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