Addressing the young students, Dr. Tan said that he has the greatest admiration for the UE TYK scholars who value education, work hard, and face tough challenges to achieve their goals. He said that one day, these young people will realize how hard work, perseverance and dedication will become their everlasting gems for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Tan further urged the scholars to strive for excellence to make a difference for themselves, for their families and for their country.
Present at the program were all the 69 new scholars, 10 grantees, one UERMMMCI scholar and 191 continuing scholars. The college deans from the various colleges and campuses who presented the scholars, grantees and graduates were: Justina M. Evangelista, Arts and Sciences-Manila; Crisol A. Bruza, Arts and Sciences-Caloocan; Veronica N. Elizalde, Business Administration-Manila; Oscar V. Gulmatico, Business Administration -Caloocan; Rodany A. Merida, Computer Studies and Systems; Rhodora H. Luciano, Dentistry; Evelina M. Vicencio, Education; Dominador S. Pagbilao,Engineering-Manila; Victor R. Macam, Jr., Engineering-Caloocan and Alfaretta Luisa T. Reyes, Medicine, UERMMMC.
A lively set of cultural dances was performed by the UE Silanganan Dance Troupe during the intermission. The UE Chorale and Ms. Lourdes Gungon of PNB rendered inspiring song numbers.
The responses on behalf of the scholars and graduates were given by Pamela B. Hsu (2nd year BSC), Rene O. Mesa, a parent of two scholars and Dr. Quillano D. Cagadas, Jr., an alumnus.
The other TYKFI officers and trustees who attended the event were: Jaime C. Bautista, Juanita Tan Lee, Former Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban, Tan Hui Bin and Marixi Prieto. Mr. Bautista, vice chairman of the University of the East and TYKFI Treasurer, introduced Dr. Lucio C. Tan as the special guest speaker.