“The mind is a terrible thing to waste”
1. SCCD-DLA Scholarship Program
As the School Year 2009-2010 closed, SCCD looked back to God’s unfailing grace for continually pouring out resources to support the scholars whose number has increased dramatically on its 2nd year of full take off. In the meeting of the scholars’ parents on February 28, 2010, experiences were shared pointing to how God through the program has made an impact on their family life. One parent shared teary-eyed how her Grade 3 daughter has moved from being a non-reader to a reader with confidence. This is true indeed for the said child is already leading as liturgist in the Sunday Children’s Church. Another mother attested as well on how her two children’s character has been molded for the better compared to the past while studying in the DLA. These testimonies came from parents coming from the poor and depressed communities, Daang NIA and Simborio. One father disclosed that his son who used to be an absentee while in the public school became deeply interested in studying when taken in the DLA as scholar. Truly, education is a potent means of improving the quality of peoples’ lives.
SCCD-DLA Scholarship Program is making a difference in the community!
The program has several components though primary is the scholarship to children enrolled in the DLA. This alone requires funds amounting to about P300,000.00/year. Scholarship support ranges from 100% tuition fee, to 50% over-all school fees to 100% support covering as well books, uniform and other school needs depending on the pledge of the donor.
2. The High School Scholarship Program
Support is in form of daily allowance for a student enrolled in the public high school.
3. The College Scholarship Program
This program offers a “study now pay later” program, providing educational loans to approved applicants. Two college scholars are recipients of the AAEC (Asian American Ecumenical Church, USA) scholarship grant. This sister church of SCCD has provided support to young people for five years now with one already a professional Civil Engineer, Rylene Naty. Many more out of school high school graduates would like to avail of this “study now pay later” program but due to lack of funds and donors, only two college students can avail of this program
4. SCCD-Piano Scholars take part in Children’s Church
The budding youth scholars of piano lessons supported by SCCD’s Scholarship Program are already playing as accompanist during Children’s Church on Sundays. The younger ones will be scheduled to play in the prelude and postlude. This is aimed at honing their musical gifts and self-confidence in serving as accompanist in corporate worship. SCCD is currently the local church with the most number of students enrolled in the Conference-initiated program “Piano Yes!” offered to help local churches develop and establish their pool of piano accompanists in worship.