USAID hosts returning STRIDE scholars

MAKATI CITY, January 24, 2017 — USAID/Philippines hosted a welcome reception for scholars who successfully completed their research and studies in U.S. universities under the Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology initiative under the STRIDE program.

Six scholars obtained their Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degrees: Janella Salamania, Arlan James Rodeo, Peter Immanuel Tenido, Melanie Salinas, Jerrilee Laspinas, Gratz Dale Redoble, and Yusoph Manalundong II; while three completed their PhD research engagement: Dr. Richard Licayan, Dr. Jasmine Albelda, and Ms. Cristina Tiangco.

USAID/Philippines Mission Director Dr. Susan K. Brems gave an inspirational message to encourage the scholars to use their training and knowledge to contribute to the development of newly-launched PSM programs in the Philippines.

Present at the reception were USAID/Philippines Director of Office of Education Mr. Brian Levey and Senior Education Advisor Mr. Mir Tillah; U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Ms. Kristin Kneedler and Economic Officer Mr. Richard Blackwell; STRIDE technical expert and Philippine-American Academy of Science & Engineering President Dr. Gonzalo Serafic; and STRIDE program personnel led by COP Dr. Dave Hall.

Lending their support to the scholars were National Science Foundation Deputy Director for Human Resource Development Dr. Jermelina Tupas, NCC Private Sector Co-Chair Mr. Guillermo Luz, SEIPI President Dr. Dan Lachica, and PBEd Executive Director Ms. Love Basillote.

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