Firm to fund deserving students through scholarship grant

MERCURY Drug Corp. (MDC) announced it will be supporting deserving students achieve their goals through a scholarship grant in one of the country’s premier universities.

MDC became the first platinum donor to the Dr. Placido L. Mapa Jr. (PLM) Scholarship Endowment of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), extending further the university’s support for highly deserving scholarship applicants.

“Mercury Drug’s founder, Dr. Mariano Que, and his wife, Mrs. Estelita de Jesus-Que, were staunch advocates and firm believers of education,” MDC president Dr. Vivian Que-Azcona said in a statement. “By supporting the PLM Scholarship Endowment, we are keeping alive their dream of helping children, especially those who excel academically, to achieve tertiary education and hopefully become future leaders of our country. We hope this partnership will inspire the deserving students of UA&P to aim for excellence in their chosen fields.”

The scholarship grant is available to all incoming college and junior college students with a high school average of at least 90 percent and who possess exemplary leadership qualities and the potential to be catalysts for change in their community.

Student grantees will be provided with 100 percent coverage of tuition and miscellaneous fees, a 10-month stipend of P8,000 a month, an internet allowance, a laptop, and an exclusive professional development coach from UA&P’s board of trustees.

“Attracting and supporting outstanding students in UA&P not only contribute to the university’s overall academic, research, and people development climate but also provide opportunities for these students to acquire the unique brand of UA&P education that will allow them as students and future professionals to be positive agents of change in society,” said UA&P president Dr. Winston Conrad B. Padojinog. “We truly appreciate that this mission is shared by Dr. Vivian Que-Azcona as evidenced by her support for the Placido Mapa Scholarship Fund.”

UA&P launched the PLM Scholarship Endowment in 2022 in honor of Dr. Placido L. Mapa, Jr., the one and only chairman of the Center for Research and Communication and its successor institution, UA&P, until his death on May 5, 2019, at the age of 86.

Scholarship applications for the school year 2023-2024 are open until Nov. 15, 2022. (KOC)