/ 24 May 2022

A TEACHER from the University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo was one of the recipients of “CHED Merit Scholarship: My Success Story” awards organized by the Commission on Higher Education.

Professor Jeena Amoto, a mathematics teacher, was the only regional awardee who joined the video contest.

The awarding ceremony was part of the 2nd National Higher Education and 28th CHED Founding Anniversaries.

“Growing up, I have always wanted to become a teacher. However, coming from a poor family and having been raised by a single mother with three children but no stable income, I found it difficult to get an education.”

“Putting food on the table was our family’s daily struggle and priority” Amoto shared in her video entry.

“With the belief that education is a great equalizer, I never gave up on my dream, and that dream started becoming a reality when I was able to obtain a scholarship grant from the Commission on Higher Education, which paid for my tuition and miscellaneous fees,” she added.

The security that CHED provided while Amoto was in college allowed her to focus on her studies, according to UPV.

Amoto finished her Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics at the West Visayas State University in 2015 under a CHED Half Merit Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude.

She was one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in Western Visayas in 2015.

Moreover, she was one of yhe Outstanding Students of Iloilo and a 2014 National Ayala Young Leader awardee.

Amoto taught at the Iloilo National High School before joining UPHSI in 2021.