News Release

Ascent Scholarship Program

The Ascent Scholarship Program is a special scholarship for high school students and recent high school graduates who are faithful Filipino members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This program is funded by a private donor. Five scholars from Batch 1 were already admitted to School Year 2018-2019 while 3 students from Batch 2 qualified for School Year 2019-2020.

The potential scholar needs to pass the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) and desires to pursue a course of study at the Ateneo de Manila University (Katipunan Campus) in Math, Computer Science, Physics or Data Science. 

The donors have encouraged those who will be taking the September 2019 testing dates to immediately contact Ascent as soon as the student passes the ACET when decisions are given by January 2020. 

For those who are interested but have not applied, a second exam will be held by January 2020. Students or parents need to contact the Office of Admission and Aid of the Ateneo de Manila University for more details on the application process at telephone number (632) 426-6001 Local 5154-5155.

Interested high school seniors who will take and pass the ACET will be reimbursed for the cost of the examination. The scholarship will pay full tuition. It will also pay for books, a laptop, housing, and living expenses as needed.

Families that are interested in the Ascent scholarship are advised to encourage their children and youth to prepare, apply, and enroll in schools that put a premium on the Math and Sciences like the science high schools from both public or private institutions.This will give them an advantage when they apply to Ateneo.

To be eligible for an Ascent scholarship, students will need to:

·       Qualify for admission and be accepted by the Ateneo de Manila University

·       Be admitted to one of the degree programs: BS in Physics, BS in Computer Science, BS in Applied Mathematics (Honors Courses). These should be the courses indicated on the application form.

·       Receive an ecclesiastical endorsement from their bishop this year and in each subsequent year of study; eligibility to retain scholarship is dependent on renewal of the ecclesiastical endorsement for each year of study

·       Live by an honor code and dress and grooming standards that are comparable to those used by Brigham Young University

·       Commit to and serve a full-time mission following their first year of school (for men) and second year of school (for women)

·       Remain in good academic standing as a student in the years of study

·       Participate in periodic training and networking events sponsored or required by the Ascent Scholarship Program

·       Meet with a member of the Ascent Scholarship Committee at least twice a year to provide an accounting and overview of their experience

·       Commit to paying back the scholarship funds they received after graduation and job placement

·       Agree to “pay it forward” by providing mentoring assistance and networking opportunities to future Ascent scholars

For inquiries, please send an email to or text 0917-817-1066.

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