On Saturday, April 11th at the UCLA Carnesales Commons’ Venice Room, the UCLA Pilipino Recruitment and Enrichment Program (PREP) and the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association presented a panel of Pilipino professionals who graduated from or taught at UCLA. Panelists included professionals in the fields of education, nursing, engineering, entertainment, and medicine. UCLA Pilipino Alumni Chair Roselyn Castro moderated the panelists as they offered prospective students and their parents insights and advice relating to their experiences as undergrad and graduate students, the challenges they encountered, their accomplishments, and how they entered into their professions. One of the panelists, Dr. Jeffrey Mariano who recently became a Partner at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in West Los Angeles, indicated that “the students and their parents and families are inspirations to me and countless others. Education is key!”
Patricia “Trish” Eusala, UCLA PREP Student Coordinator, who spearheaded the event, ensured that the panel ran smoothly and warmly answered questions from prospective UCLA students and their families before and after the event. Bobby T. Rimas, the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Scholarship Director, spoke with students and their families immediately after the event to discuss details regarding available scholarships through the UCLA Pilipino Alumni / Lovell Sevilla Scholarship Program. The UCLA Pilipino Alumni / Lovell Sevilla Scholarship Program usually culminates in the awarding of the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Endowment Scholarship at UCLA Pilipino Alumni’s annual scholarship benefit, which is scheduled to take place at the UCLA James West Alumni Center on May 2nd.