For the past 24 years, charitable arm of Mighty Corp, Wong Chu King Foundation has been giving out scholarship grants to students.
“Education is known to be a powerful equalizer. It gives children from low-income families a fighting chance to uplift themselves and their families from poverty and lead productive and meaningful lives.”, Edilberto Adan, president of Mighty Corp said.
And for this year, the foundation’s educational assistance which consists of 100 college scholarship grants. It will be given to poor but deserving students who are children of tobacco farmers in Northern Luzon.
Adan added that the new scholarship program is one of three components of a P10-million joint CSR project of Mighty Corporation and the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives Inc. that aims to benefit 65,000 farmers in Pangasinan, La Union, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.
“This is our way of thanking the farmers for helping to make our company what it is today,” he said.
“We are happy that Mighty Corporation, through its Wong Chu King Foundation, has stood firm on its commitment to help 65,000 tobacco farmers in the Philippines,” said Mario Cabasal, NAFTAC national president.
Meanwhile, Retired judge Oscar Barrientos, MC executive vice president and spokesman said the foundation initially offered scholarships to the dependents of active Mighty employees but later expanded the program to include dependents of retired employees and poor but deserving students with excellent academic record.
“Through this program, we hope to help the farmers and their children become competitive in the global market and earn sustainable incomes,” Barrientos said.
The scholarship program is in support of the National Tobacco Administration’s scholarship program for poor but deserving graduating high school students and dependents of tobacco farmers.
Currently, the foundation assisted the education of six high school and 14 college students in various schools nationwide. Two of its college scholars graduated last year.