Irene M. Laroa – Cum Laude
     Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
     Carlos Hilado Memorial State College – Fortune Towne Campus

First of all, I would like to thank God for this opportunity to finally finish my studies, without Him, I would not be where I am today. I thank my beloved parents, who are always there to support me over the years.  I am also sincerely honored and grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Simpllicio Gamboa Sr. (SGS) Scholarship.  Thank you SGS Foundation for your generosity, for giving me the chance to finish my Bachelor’s Degree. 

Growing up in poor family, I encountered many financial challenges; however, it has also helped me realize the value of a College Education.  As I completed my studies at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC), I am very thankful for receiving your scholarship grant, for it really helped me to focus on my academics, not having to worry about my tuition fees especially during my first three years in college, when tuition was not yet free in State colleges and universities.  During my fourth year in College, even though the tuition and miscellaneous fees were free in the State College where I was enrolled, we were required by the school to enroll in a Review School as well.  Thank you SGS Foundation for the allowance, which I used to pay the tuition of the Review School and my transportation going to and from both CHMSC and the Review School.

Thank you once again for this opportunity that gave me a good start in the next chapter of my life.  I will always remember the Simplicio Gamboa Sr. Foundation for helping those who cannot afford to go to college, pursue a college degree.  May your Foundation continue to help more and more financially challenged but deserving students, as you had helped me.