News Release

Church of Jesus Christ Collaborates with UST, Caritas to Support More Scholars

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints awarded scholarship grants on March 22, 2024, to students pursuing music at the University of Santo Tomas’ Conservatory of Music, renowned for its prestigious programs.

Elder Carlos G. Revillo, Jr., the Second Counselor to the Philippines Area Presidency, led the church delegation. They were warmly welcomed by Very Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, UST's Rector Magnificus; Dean Antonio P. Africa of the Conservatory of Music; and other UST executives.

The Church, a global advocate for quality education, and the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas signed a Memorandum of Understanding to fund deserving UST students majoring in Music for their four-year tenure. This signing marks the start of a potentially fruitful partnership united by a shared vision to inspire the nation's youth to develop their musical talents.

This partnership follows the highly successful, sold-out concert of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion on February 25, 2024.

After the MOU signing, Elder Revillo presented Fr. Ang with tokens of appreciation for his leadership and friendship with the Church, including a plaque of appreciation, a commemorative plate of the Tabernacle Choir’s “Hope” World Tour, and a smaller replica statue of the Resurrected Christ.

Church Sponsors Scholars in Partnership with Caritas Manila

On the same day, the Church continued its valued relationship with Caritas Manila, the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.

At a turnover event in Caritas Manila's office, Elder Revillo handed over funding for the organization’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP). The program supports deserving youth from poor communities in earning college or vocational/technical degrees to help lift their families out of poverty.

Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, expressed gratitude and assured that the funds would be used with utmost care. The YSLEP program aims to help students become forces for good in their communities and prepare for professional life after graduation.

The Church of Jesus Christ’s Global Effort in Education

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a history of serving others regardless of where people live or what the circumstances might be. In 2023, the Church donated more than “$1.36 billion in expenditures, 6.2 million hours volunteered and 4,119 humanitarian projects in 191 different countries and territories” to help care for those in need.

Among these numbers, over 530 education-related projects were accomplished in over 97 countries worldwide, including the Philippines. In addition, 349 Benson Scholarships were awarded.

The Church seeks to further self-reliance by creating opportunities for people around the world to learn, progress, and reach their fullest potential. Education plays a vital role in reducing poverty, improving health, and strengthening societies. The Church believes that gains in education are also linked to economic growth and peaceful conflict resolution and that education instills hope and encourages action.

The Church’s humanitarian efforts provide textbooks, desks, chairs, teacher training, classroom refurbishment, and more to help students enjoy better access to high-quality education.

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