A total of 3,090 ANCOP sponsored children and youth as of school year completed their academic year in March 2012, with about 39 graduating from college and vocational technical courses, and 132 graduating from high school.
The graduating ANCOP scholars are mostly from Caloocan City, Quezon City, Paranaque, Bulacan (St. Martin Orphanage), Quezon, Batangas, Southern Leyte, Camarines Sur, Ilocos Sur and Iligan. Those graduating from college completed degrees in Accounting, Agriculture, Tourism, Education, Psychology, Information Technology, Computer Science, Bookkeeping and Criminology, while those finishing technical vocational courses took courses on Electronic Servicing, Computer Secretarial, Computer Hardware Technology and Hotel And Restaurant Services. All are hopeful that they will soon join the ranks of young professionals and the workforce of their respective fields.
Leading the graduating college scholars is Ken Mark Agustin, who graduated magna cum laude, with a degree in Bachelor of Science Major in Accounting from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). Ken is a President's Lister in PUP and an awardee in Master in Management Advisory Services.
Ken has been a CFC ANCOP Australia-sponsored child since Grade 5. His father is a taxi driver and his mother is a laundry woman. Ken is the second among five siblings. After his graduation, a job already awaits him at Sycip, Gores and Velayo, a prestigious auditing firm.
Another ANCOP scholar from North A is Simon Beringuela, also graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Science Major in Accounting, but from the University of Caloocan City (UCC). Simon was a PICPA Quiz Bee First Prize winner and belonged to the top 10% of the graduating class. Simon has been sponsored since Grade 5 by ANCOP International Canada. His father died in 2010. Right now, he and his four siblings are supported by his mother who is a soft drinks vendor, and by a sister who is already working.
Both Ken and Simon started with CFC as KFC members. They are currently YFC members, while their parents are also with CFC.
Ken and Simon will be reviewing for the board exams in October 2012. Both desire to be teachers in the future and have expressed a desire to become sponsors of other marginalized and disadvantaged children.
Some 20% of ANCOP college and vocational technical scholars who graduated last March have been in the President’s or Dean's lists, and were among the top 10% of the graduating class. On the other hand, about 10% of the 484 current ANCOP college and vocational technical scholars are in the Dean's list and are in the upper 10% of their class.
The same percentage of ANCOP scholars in the elementary and high school level obtained various academic and non-academic recognition from their schools. By Ethel Balenton