Ateneo Scholarships

For some, studying in an Ivy League University like Ateneo is nothing short of a dream.  And yet, there are those who deserve such an education but who don’t possess the financial means to avail of it.  What about them?

The Good Book tells us to “Ask and ye shall receive.”  In other words, one alternative is to apply for a scholarship.  The Ateneo doesn’t offer financial aid to just anyone, though.  As with the normal registration procedure, there are certain requirements that must first be met.

ADMU Scholarship Application

Applying for financial aid per se is a relatively simple task:  just fill up the scholarship form and submit it along with the regular application form.  You may download the former from the Ateneo website for free.

There are other requirements that you need to submit along with the said form, however.  These include:  a letter from one or both parents detailing your need for financial assistance, a couple of scholarship recommendations, certificates of compensation and employment from your parents and a certificate of payment tax withheld (or an income tax return).

Of course, the school won’t ask you for the latter two requirements if the parent or parents involved aren’t working.

A word of caution:  don’t assume that the school will automatically accept your application just because you’ve submitted all the paperwork.  The powers-that-be will still need to check out your ACET scores, your performance in high school and certain intangible qualities you possess (read: attitude).

Types of Ateneo Scholarships

Depending on the above factors, the university may award the applicant with partial or full tuition exemptions and then some.  The extras come in the form of allowances for books and transportation, and sometimes even a combination of those.

Do note that there are other forms of financial aid available:  athletes, high performers of science high schools or other Jesuit institutions and DOST exam-takers may also avail of special scholarships.  The DOST case is especially interesting—exam passers may enjoy the DOST scholarship on top of the Ateneo one.  How’s that for fun?

Sometimes, excelling students will find themselves automatically awarded Freshman Merit Scholarships thanks to scholarship review committee decisions.  The case of Roselle Ambubuyog is one such instance.

I was still in college when I’d heard of this prodigy.  Her scholastic record, grit and determination won the hearts of the committee over, and the school deemed it fit to offer her a full scholarship with all the trimmings.  It’s interesting to note that another prestigious university also offered her financial aid at the same time, but since the latter was a partial scholarship, Ms. Ambubuyog opted to study in the Ateneo instead.

Going for Broke

In the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” Will Smith’s character advises his son to go after what he wants, and never to let anyone tell him that he can’t do it.  This is sound advice for potential Ateneans as well.

If you’re dead set on studying at the Ateneo and you have a good academic record and the right attitude to match, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll get the financial help you need.  Go ahead and ask, by all means.  You’ll be glad you did.