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Deutsche Knowledge Services scholars graduate and give back

April 2014 │ Philippines

DKS Dress Down for Charity is a fundraising initiative run by Deutsche Knowledge Services in Manila since 2007 to provide scholarships for deserving underprivileged students. As part of the programme, employees opting to dress down on Friday contribute 50 peso or more to support this cause. The proceeds collected from this programme are channelled to scholarships for students in Manila and Davao city.

This March and April, a batch of scholars under this programme graduated successfully –  heartening news for all in DKS who contributed.

On March 29, seven scholars from San Pedro College in Davao received their college diplomas and the event was attended by Deutsche Knowledge Services’ CEO, Ed Valencia, who recognised the efforts of these graduates. This was followed by one more graduation ceremony on April 12, 2014, where five scholars from Holy Cross College in Davao City graduated.

In addition to attending the graduation exercise, interviews were also conducted for incoming scholar applicants for school year 2014 onwards.
Yvonne Dacuyan, who is the head scholar coordinator for Holy Cross College, said, “Deutsche Knowledge Services continues to touch the lives of so many young people in Davao. You help these graduates realise their dream to complete their college education despite their initial challenges of coming from the very poor communities in and around metro Davao.”

The first Deutsche Knowledge Service Scholars Give Back Programme was held on April 10 at Eden Park, Davao City. This new programme was designed to give the Deutsche Knowledge Services graduated scholars the opportunity to exercise social responsibility and give back. Fourteen graduates of the Deutsche Knowledge Services scholarship programme volunteered and gladly extended their time and resources to twenty children of Barangay Buyayang in Metro Davao.

This programme was a first of its kind – not only did the two separate schools come together for one programme, but also gave the scholars the opportunity to go full cycle and extend assistance to the next generation.

Adila Usman, one of the scholars who graduated from Holy Cross College, considered this a timely blessing. “I did not think twice about volunteering for this programme. Now that I’m a graduate, I want to be able to share what was generously given to me by Deutsche Knowledge Services.”

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