21 comments on “Monster Scholars 2010 (2nd Semester)

  1. Thank you San Beda HS Class 79. Ogie, my brother, is now just a few steps closer to becoming a Marine Engineer.

    Thank you Morning Rushers and all the generous souls who contributed to this astounding program.

    Thank you RX for being an instrument to those who are in need but deserving of a better future.

    Kudos to your wonderful family who gives entertainment and hope to many! ^_^

  2. It all looks good and noble and heartwarming and all that but I think RX is promoting a mendicant mentality with this program. Need anything? Beg! You don’t have to do anything, you don’t have to be anything. You don’t need high grades. You don’t need to promise to pay it back. All you need to do is have the stomach to go on air, strip your soul naked, and frikkin BEG. That can’t be good!

    Time was, when you needed money, you worked for it. Magpart-time ka, magtinda ka ng lugaw or ice candy, mamasukan kang waiter. Kahit na ano basta may DIGNIDAD. Hindi ka magmamakaawa at mamamalimos.

    Even the government’s 4Ps or Conditional Cash Transfers obligate the benificiaries to do something. Dito sa RX Scholar, wala! Magmakaawa lang ang beauty mo. Para kang pulubi, nasa ere ka nga lang.

    Sana naman, make the scholars “earn” it. Kahit community service, get good grades, o kaya pay it back when they can. Hindi yung magmakaawa lang, iyak-iyak, tanggap, ayos!

    Kung walang participation ang recipient, what kind of youth are we raising? Beggars? Walang character, walang backbone, walang self-respect, low self-worth, at merong “mas madali mamalimos” na mentality.

    Just a thought. I hope you see deeper than the surface and evaluate.

    • @caturay

      hmm..wag naman po sana kayo muna maging judgemental s mga scholars ng rx.. hindi nio naman lam kung sino tlaga sila.. i think,nasasabi nio lang yan kasi in the first place, wala kayo sa sitwasyon nila.. di nio lam kung gaano kahirap pinagdadaanan nila and kung gaano nila kagusto and kawilling mag-aral. RX has its own screening process as what “ruelski’ said.. madami interviews ang ginawa and requirements including the grades n pinakita…kaya di sia purely begging lng.. lahat naman ng scholarship may sarisariling requirements bago k nila kunin scholar.and based sa nadinig kong story nila, most of them are working students. pero di pa din enough un pera nila to pay their tuition fees. respect n lng siguro..🙂

  3. Luke 6:30-31 “Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”

  4. @caturay

    i’m pretty sure RX has its own screening process (i.e. gwa for the previous sem, background check, or what have you) and hindi naman siguro purely begging lang. yeah, that’s what we, the listeners, hear on air pero malay ba natin what goes on behind the scenes di ba?🙂

  5. @ruelski

    But that’s kind of the point too isn’t it. All we hear is that all you have to do is beg (nothing more!) and thus, the promotion of mendicant mentality on the beneficiaries AND the listeners.

    I know there is an interview, but I think that is only to verify if the claims are true (really enrolled in this school, mom is really sick, etc). Other than that, it’s really purely begging.

    Thanks for not thrashing me or my comment, because I really mean it and it’s what I really feel.

    • @caturay let’s put it in this way na lang, RX is just doing it to help. as simple as that. let’s not put too much meaning into it. doing so is like we’re judging the station.

      and I just want to tell you if not for this project, the rushers wouldn’t have any chance to help someone to be enrolled at least for a sem.

      sorry if you feel that way but maybe sometimes we just need to look at things with no meaning like a child. with pure intentions and I think that RX wants the listeners to do only that.

  6. hmm..wag naman po sana kayo muna maging judgemental s mga scholars ng rx.. hindi nio naman lam kung sino tlaga sila.. i think,nasasabi nio lang yan kasi in the first place, wala kayo sa sitwasyon nila.. di nio lam kung gaano kahirap pinagdadaanan nila and kung gaano nila kagusto and kawilling mag-aral. RX has its own screening process as what “ruelski’ said.. madami interviews ang ginawa and requirements including the grades n pinakita…kaya di sia purely begging lng.. lahat naman ng scholarship may sarisariling requirements bago k nila kunin scholar.and based sa nadinig kong story nila, most of them are working students. pero di pa din enough un pera nila to pay their tuition fees. respect n lng siguro..🙂

  7. @aaaaa

    I’m not judging them (I don’t even know them), and I don’t doubt that they’re gipit or kapit sa patalim. What I’m saying is there’s a good way to help and a bad way to help as much as there is a good way to get help and a bad way to get help.

    If there is a criteria for choosing — other than a good sob story and a strong stomach to tell the whole world about it — then RX should make it known. Kasi ngayon ang lumalabas, Ano ba to? Paawaan? Kung sino pinakanakaka-awa yun ang gagawing candidate? It’s like a macabre beauty pageant with the audience gawking at the tragedy of their lives.

    I get that they are in need and that good citizens can help. But there’s got to be a better way to put them together without either party losing their dignity.

    • @caturay ay i forgot to ask, are you a listener of RX? because if you are I know for sure you wouldn’t react this way. Have you actually heard what has been aired from the scholars? they didn’t just beg, they aired their story.

  8. @Caturay

    Yes there is a criteria for choosing the scholars and made known through the rx website and announced by the radio dj prior the announcement of the chosen scholars.

    According to the web site and I quote “Thus it launched the Search For The Monster Scholar, hoping to award one semester of free college education (tuition and fees, and allowance in some cases) to students with pressing financial difficulty who have the potential to succeed in their chosen programs. Students who believe in the value of their education and just need a helping hand to continue it.”

    delamar: “Scholars were chosen on the basis of financial need and their potential to succeed, of course we need to know that we are giving money to people we know are serious in really studying.”

  9. @rick

    Thanks for the reply Rick. What does “potential to succeed” mean really? The term is so ambiguous and undefined and subjective. Who’s to say applicant 1 has better potential to succeed than applicant 2? What are the standards by which they should be measured? If there is no objective means to measure that criteria, it serves very little purpose. Without any objective standard, it can be argued that all creatures big and small have potential to succeed.

    Maybe applicants have to have good grades or have good extra-curriculars or have good class attendance record? Granting that, how much of a role does this play in the selection? All we hear are sob stories in the ads. Nobody says, I am a straight A student, i don’t cut classes, or even “I have potential to succeed”.

    I have a couple of questions to test if this “potential to succeed” is a solid criteria for choosing:

    1. When we hear applicants bare their souls, are we moved to contribute money because they are in need or because they have the potential to succeed?

    2. If an applicant is in need and has potential to succeed (whatever that may be) but does not have the stomach to go on air to beg (or allow his/her friends/relatives to do it for him/her), will he even get a chance to be considered as a candidate?

  10. Oh wow. Why is it that every time I read something that relates to helping, someone bounces back with his/her own wit and is trying to pull down the program?

    For me, it is as simple as: the station is looking for scholars like each and every institution that wants to help students in need in this third world society.

    I am not part of the management, i am just one of the hundreds of listeners who want to help the needy. We give and we do it because we want to help. It doesn’t actually matter if they’re planning to just get away with the money. It is on their own shame if they want to do that, with the process that they’ve gone through I don’t think that is just plain begging. People need help sometimes, even rich people too (Ondoy survivors can atest too this).

    Caturay, do you even know the reality of the 60 percent marginalized people in the Philippines? and it is quite silly that you are actually “flooding” this entry since people are donating for education and not just for financial help. I admire your critical thinking and you are actually putting the word “helping” out of the box.

    If you’re just going to nitpick the program of RX, why don’t you create your own scholarship program and do the process that these guys are doing. I’m sure a few or a lot of people are going to be happy in case you do it.

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