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Fourth Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit Scholar Graduates from UP Diliman

Posted September 29, 2020

Christine, then a senior at Mariveles National High School, bagged an HNTC scholarship with her team’s project of extracting biodegradable plastic from tamarind seeds.

Christine Joy Reloza, a scholar of H.A.R.I. Foundation Inc.’s (HFI) Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit (HNTC) is slated to graduate by end-July with a Bachelor’s degree in BS Applied Physics Major in Instrumentation from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

HNTC now counts four scholars who successfully made it through their chosen science courses—two from UP-Diliman, one from UP-Los Baños, and one from Ateneo de Manila University.

HNTC, launched in 2014 as a flagship program of HFI and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), was designed to discover and train deserving public high school students to be leaders and innovators to combat climate change.

The program consisted of conferences, boot camps, and exploration activities in the country’s famed nature spots that aimed to elicit from the participants innovative projects that would help solve the climate change concerns of their specific communities. The activities culminated with the awarding of college scholarships to the best-performing candidates to the country’s leading universities.

“I will forever be deeply indebted to HARI for providing a space where I can nurture my talents and wisdom, and mold my career by financially supporting my college education. As a member of the science community, being a part of your program will always make me proud. Hyundai’s dedication to not just promote science education but to support brilliant young minds in pursuing careers related to science is truly remarkable. With this, I congratulate H.A.R.I. Foundation for successfully producing graduates from top-performing schools over the years,” said Christine.

“It has been a particularly productive year for HARI Foundation,” observed HFI President Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo. “We have been actively supporting nationwide efforts to flatten the curve through our Biyahe ng Bayani COVID response campaign. Despite the challenges, we continue our other efforts in the field of education and health, and now, the seeds that we planted years ago are beginning to bear fruit.”

“It is heartening to hear from young people, like Christine and her fellow HNTC scholars, that they are bent on contributing to the future of our nation in the much-needed field of the sciences,” Ms. Agudo enthused.

As she prepares to pursue a career in Data Sciences, Christine expresses a firm desire to put into practice the most valuable lesson drawn from her HNTC experience, which is to be of service to the Filipino people.

Last June, another HNTC scholar, Bret Michaels de Leon, a graduate of Valenzuela City Science High School, also crossed the “finish line” with a Cum Laude degree in BS Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is scheduled to march at the university commencement exercises later this year.