On a yearly average, out of the 360 applications for the MBA program, 180 students require some form of financial support for them to be able to pursue their dream of attending AIM.
One such individual, Ariel de la Cruz, dreamed of pursuing an MBA at AIM. Unfortunately, his parents, being canteen owners in his native Pampanga, Philippines, could not afford the US$24,000 that is needed to finance the 16-month MBA program. At that time, Ariel had savings from his 2-year stint at Chevron, but he had the added burden of supporting his younger sister’s college education.
Determined to get an AIM MBA degree, Ariel sought the support of AIM Alumnus and Triple A (Alumni Achievement Award) Awardee Jesli Lapus (MBM ’73) to help finance his AIM degree. Mr. Lapus, then Chairman of the Triple A Club, recommended Ariel to the Triple A Scholarship Committee. After an interview with the Committee composed of Robert Kuan (MBM ’75) Art Macapagal (MBM ’71) and Alberto Villarosa (MBM ‘73), Ariel was granted a 100% tuition fee scholarship.
While at AIM, Ariel was able to participate in the International Student Exchange Program at the Luigi Bocconi University in Italy. After graduating in 2008, he is now based in Hong Kong, and working for ING Asia Pacific.
As former students of AIM, you have experienced the rigors of CP, the challenges of WAC and MRR, the pressure of maintaining good grades and the joy of earning an AIM degree. Help provide this opportunity to a deserving student. Contribute to the AIM Alumni Leadership Fund for Scholarships and help grow an AIM community of leaders and managers for Asia.
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