In less than two months it will be Silliman University's Founder's Day once again. And SUHS Batch '78 will be celebrating our 30th grand reunion. We had such an awesomely wonderful time during our four years in Silliman High School that we decided to help a deserving student experience what we had before - learning in and out of the classrooms, finding solid principles to live by and most of all, building friendships that have grown stronger and deeper through the years.
To all my batchmates who have not met our scholar yet, here she is, Sarah Ingrid A. Francisco.
To HS Batch '78, my sponsor:
First of all, I would like to thank you for the support you've given me these past two years. I wouldn't be here, studying in Silliman, if it weren't for you.
I remember that when I was still a sixth grader how badly I wanted to continue my studies at Silliman High School. But because we can't afford the school's tuition fee due to my older brother's medical condition, that dream somehow seemed impossible. Plus, I still have a younger brother who just started going to school. Much to my surprise when one day, my father told me to apply for a sholarship in high school. I was nervous because to me the word 'scholar' meant a smart, studious person who's always at the top. I started thinking of negative things like: I won't be a scholar 'cause I lack the skill to be one; I might not live up to their expectations; and I'm simply bot worthy to be one. I was really shocked when I found out that I was chosen as a scholar by Batch '78 and I was really happy because I'm finally going to continue my studies in Silliman.
My first year in high school was a bit hard for me. Since I was new to this "scholarship thing", I really had to adjust my study habits. I did my best to cope up with the hard lessons. During second year, I was able to balance my time with my friends, family, studies and free time. I am now a junioir this school year and I'm planning to double my efforts 'cause I don't want to let all of you down.
None of these would have happened if you hadn't chosen me as your scholar. This really helped me a lot and I can't think of a better way to express my gratitude than to tell you two simple meaningful words: THANK YOU!
Sarah Ingrid A. Francisco (Signed)