MANILA (UPDATED) - A scholar from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be flying to America to study at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Don Stanley Castillo Dalisay, 22, was a scholar of OWWA's Education for Development Scholarship Program from 2007 until 2011.
"OWWA is very proud of Stanley. The country should be proud of him," said OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon.
Dalisay finished his Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree at the University of the Philippines in Manila and was able to obtain his license as a medical technologist.
He entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) last year and was selected to take the examinations for admission to USMA.
The son of a seafarer, Dalisay easily passed USMA's written and physical exams, and is the only Filipino qualified to enter the prestigious military academy this year.
A valedictorian in high school and a champion debater of UP, Dalisay was also the president of PMA's Gabay Laya class.
He idolizes former president Fidel V Ramos, who was also a West Pointer.
"Like FVR, West Point is a good training for leaders gusto kong maging president," he said.
Dalisay is scheduled to leave on June 26 to start his freshman year at USMA on July 1. Report from DZMM and Heny Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News