Scholarship awarded to UOG accounting student who moonlights at flea market
McEllie Garcia, fifth from left, receives her scholarship from the Filipino-American Presidents’ Club of Guam on November 17 at the University of Guam President’s Conference room. Joining her, from left, Director Mark A. Duarte, with the UOG Financial Aid and One Stop Office; Patrick Luces, with the club’s Board of Governors; Nilda Estampador, club Scholarship Committee member; Lynda Tolan, the club’s past chairwoman and Scholarship Committee Chairperson; James Robinson, club chairman; Demetria Robinson, Board of Governors; Cynthia Nisay, club treasurer; and UOG Interim Vice Provost for Academic Excellence Sharlene Santos-Bamba.
McEllie Garcia’s childhood included waking up early to sell items at the weekend flea market in Dededo.
And even now that the Simon Sanchez High School grad is in college full time and juggling academics with work as an accounting clerk for a private business, she continues to help at her family’s flea market stall on weekends.
Eventually, her goal is to become a certified public accountant.
“I hope to finish studies to help my family,” Garcia said.
She hopes a future accounting degree would help her family’s small business – in addition to her pursuit of her own career goals.
With UOG’s recently launched Master of Accountancy Program, Garcia’s future could soar even higher if she goes for academic advancement beyond a four-year degree.
With Garcia’s grit and academic goals, it was an easy decision for the Filipino-American Presidents’ Club of Guam to award her with a $500 scholarship per semester.
The club awarded the scholarship to Garcia November 17 at the UOG President’s Conference Room.
The $500 per semester assistance will help Garcia move closer to her pursuit of an accounting degree, she said.
“It will help with the expenses,” she added.
For more information about scholarships and student financial aid, contact:
Director Mark A. Duarte
Financial Aid and One Stop Office
Go to: https://www.uog.edu/financial-aid