Graduating Architecture students of the De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde (CSB) School of Design and Arts are set to benefit from scholarship grants from professional architectural design and planning firm Leonardo A. Poco & Associates, Architects (LAPAA). The grant will cover full subsidies for tuition and miscellaneous fees.
The PoCo Architects Scholarship Award is LAPAA’s first monetary scholarship donation to the school, which aims to support qualified BS Architecture students. The program will run for four years, from the current academic year until 2024.
Interested applicants must be in their last year or last three terms, have good curricular and non-curricular standing and must be working on their thesis with research interests aligned with the academic thrust and educational mission of the college.
LAPAA together with the Benilde Center for Scholarships and Grants and the Dean’s Office will screen the applicants, with consideration for their socio-economic backgrounds.
“On behalf of the Benildean Community, we are grateful to Leonardo A. Poco & Associates, Architects for their generosity and support to our scholarship program,” Benilde president Edmundo Fernandez FSC said.
“The PoCo Architects Scholarship Award is proof of the hope that comes from the collaboration of the architecture industry and the academe. We hope that we continue to establish and strengthen partnerships with the industry in the mission of teaching the next generation,” he added.
The donation was granted on the occasion of the 65th birthday of the firm’s principal architect and founder Leonardo Poco.
“May this donation assist the willing, able and in need—especially in the light of the crisis that the ongoing pandemic has wrought. We thank the La Salle Brothers for giving us the opportunity to make a difference and may God’s grace allow us all to continue to help more in the future,” Poco said.