Search for the Ten Outstanding Public School Students of the Philippines (TOPS) 2014

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(UPDATED) Time to give back. For the first time, recipients of the TOPS Awards will help look for the next deserving batch of scholars.

This is a press release from the Kabayan Noli de Castro Foundation, Inc.

Poverty should not be a hindrance to success. Education is key to success.

The Kabayan Noli de Castro Foundation, Inc., announced Wednesday, October 8 that nominations for the search for the Ten Outstanding Public School Students (TOPS) are now accepted.

Now on its 9th year, the search aims to recognize public high school students who have displayed exemplary performance in academics and leadership. It started in 2006 when de Castro was the sitting-vice president of the country.

College scholarship

For this year, Kabayan Noli de Castro Foundation, Inc. is partnering with the Department of Education, Rotary Club of Midtown Quezon City, and SM Foundation which will provide cash awards, full tuition and miscellaneous fees scholarship and a monthly allowance to the winners. Nomination for the awards is open to all presently enrolled graduating high school students from public secondary schools.

Of this feat, Atty. Jesse Andres from the Kabayan Noli de Castro Foundation, Inc. expresses his delight to now be working with past scholars to organize the search. 

“Together with the previous scholars who were assisted by this program, we aim to continue the spirit of honouring the unwavering spirit of the Filipino youth to serve as inspiration to others”, he said. “It’s wonderful to see this group, who once were on the receiving end, mobilizing themselves to reach out and help deserving students. It’s a testament to how the program empowers the Filipino youth.” 

TOPS 2013. Kabayan Ten Outstanding Public School Students of the Philippines (TOPS) awardees

Ten awardees
The Kabayan Academic Excellence Award is given to the student who has brought prestige to their respective schools through various academic-related competitions. On the other hand, the Kabayan Exemplary Leadership Award shall be given to the student who has shown active involvement in school organizations and has delivered services that benefit fellow students, the school and the community. 


4 students for each category will be recognized, each representing Luzon, 
Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region. There will also be two winners of the Kabayan Special Achievement Award, selected from the national finalists. The award is conferred to students who, despite experiencing challenging circumstances in life managed to display scholastic and leadership excellence.


Nomination forms and the complete list of guidelines are available at the division offices of the Department of Education, nationwide. School level nominations are expected to be turned in to the division offices by November 28, 2014.


For more information, you may also reach the following people: Atty. Jesse Andres, Kabayan Noli de Castro Foundation, Inc. at (02)553-0889; Ms. Carmen Linda Atayde, SM Foundation at (02)552-7013; (02)831-1000 loc 1494 to 1498 and Mr.  Raphael Martin Magno, Department of Education at (02)633-7203; (02)633-6207 and (02)631-8492. 

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