The privilege of Quality Christian Education is very much valuable and indeed a priceless gift to be endowed upon. The University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos seizes this opportunity to provide the gift of education to deserving youth of the province of Negros Occidental and the neighboring province.
Long before UNO-R’s existence as a University where it was then known as Occidental Negros Institute (ONI) in 1946, then University of Negros Occidental (UNO) in 1957, the educational aide program has existed until the Recollect Fathers took over in 1962. The management of the various scholarship programs were given to the different offices. Because of the scattered situation of the educational aide programs of the University and the desire of the University to produce well-rounded graduates(i.e. intellectually, spiritually, and physically prepared), the Scholarships Office came into existence in January 10, 1986.
The creation of the Office of the Director of Scholarships has for its main objective to centralize all the scholarship programs of the University and to act as companion to the scholars and grantees in their continuous search for truth and wisdom. This office is a manifestation of the Augustinian Recollect Mission to serve and assist the weak and the poor.
The first Director of Scholarships was Fr. Delfin A. Castillo, OAR, who was then the Vice President of Welfare and the University Treasurer. Miss Nilda M. Jamili, was then the Secretary of the Office, was appointed Assistant Director of Scholarships.
The Faculty Development Program, which was under the President’s Office, was formally added to the functions of the Director of Scholarships Office. Miss Nilda M. Jamili was appointed as Director of Scholarships and Faculty Development Program in the school year 1987-88 up to school year 2006-07. Aides from the Faculty Development Program and linkages to outside funding agencies were established.
With the advent of the SEAP By-Laws of Administration of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, school year 2002-2003, the Office of the Director of Scholarships and Faculty Development Program was transferred under the Office of the President. Fr. Bernard C. Amparado, OAR was then the President, followed by Rev. Fr. Demetrio S. Peñascoza, OAR, SY 2003-04 up to the present.
The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, Bacolod City, “The Cradle of Excellence”, is the Catholic Educational Center and a caring community that educates in the Augustinian Recollect way inspired by St. Augustine’s theme: LOVE AND KNOWLEDGE. The Scholarships Office oversees and ensures that all scholars and grantees in the University are provided with the necessary assistance, facilities, and support in their pursuit of a well-rounded education.
Imbued by the Augustinian Recollect charism, the Scholarships Office is a Manifestation of the Augustinian Recollect Mission to serve and assist the weak and the poor but deserving students. It also acts as a companion to these scholars or grantees who are members of the caring community that educates in their continuous search for truth and wisdom.
The Office of the Scholarships has for its general objective the centralization of all scholarships, grants and assistance of the University. It specifically aims:
- To formulate policies and guidelines for the Educational Aide Program of the University with the approval of the President of the University.
- To encourage deserving students, employees, and faculty members to avail of the program.
- To instill in the minds of the youth today that financial difficulty is not a hindrance to attain higher education.
- To encourage the grantees to develop not only intellectually but also spiritually, socially and physically.
- To encourage the scholars or grantees to maintain their academic excellence.
- To prepare the students to have a more solid and well-rounded education in order for him or her to land a job after graduation.
- To establish linkages from outside funding institutions both private and public or government.