UPVTC BS Management graduate is YSEALI academic fellow
Ms. Mariel May C. Obregon, a BS Management graduate of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) was selected to be a part of a highly-competitive academic fellowship program that will be held at the University of Connecticut in the United States from October 9 to November 12, 2016.
Obregon, who graduated in July 2016, is among the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows for Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and will be part of the Fall 2016 iteration of the program.
The YSEALI Academic Fellowship Institute is “an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders and recently graduated leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.”
The Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development fellows will be provided an overview of the entrepreneurial approaches that can be employed to address social issues. They will “review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders in the United States and globally. Topics to be tackled may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, grant writing, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship.”
Moreover, fellows “will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational study tour where Fellows will meet with local, state, private, and non-profit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a 3-day program in Washington, DC.”
The Academic Fellowship Institute is one of the initiatives of YSEALI, which was launched by US President Barrack Obama in 2013 “to enhance the United States’ relations with future leaders of Southeast Asia and foster an ASEAN community.”
Obregon is not the first UPVTC graduate who was accepted to the program. Maria Joelyca O. Sescon, who graduated with a BS Management degree, and is now a faculty member in the UPVTC Division of Management, also took part in the same academic fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in 2015.
Earlier this year, Pauline P. Lazarte, a third year BS Management student, was also chosen as one of YSEALI’s academic fellows on Environmental Issues.
In January of 2016, Obregon was named by non-profit organization Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – more popularly known as Go Negosyo – as among the five promising millennials in the field of entrepreneurship.
She was recognized for establishing AgriBlock Builders, a company that builds hollow blocks made of rice hulls that are five times stronger than commercial hollow blocks.
Named alongside her was fellow UPVTC BS Management student at the time, Michael Earl Castroverde, who founded study lounge Brain Camp. (With sources from the US Embassy in Manila website.)