More Filipino students can now have the chance to study at their dream university
Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program, the brand’s community impact platform that provides educational opportunities for youth who need it most around the globe, has spread its wings to Southeast Asia. A first not only in the Philippines but the entire ASEAN community, it will grant full-board college scholarships to select students.
Six Philippine high school graduates will receive four-year scholarships to Ateneo de Manila University and pursue the course of their choice. Jordan Brand partnered with children’s rights organization Bahay Tuluyan to identify the six young students who are now part of the global community of Wings Scholars pursuing their dreams of excelling in life through quality higher education. Each of the students will also receive skills training, career guidance, and mentorship throughout their 4-year tenure at the university.
Meet the Wings Scholars from the Philippines, Class of 2026
The Philippines has a deep appreciation for basketball culture and that’s been ingrained in the youth, which makes the scholarship program more special. Aside from the Philippines, the Jordan Brand Wings Scholars Program has already helped students in North America, China, and France.
“When you think about the community in Manila who shows so much love for the game, it only makes sense that we would bring Jordan Wings to them, to extend this spirit of excellence,” says Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President.
One of the students selected to be a scholar is Jürgen San Agustin, a sports-minded student from Ateneo de Zamboanga. San Agustin will pursue B.S. in Management Information Systems, specializing in analytics. He desires to become an NBA analyst one day. Meanwhile, Lean Villar, a volleyball enthusiast, wants to become a clinical psychologist to promote mental health & well-being and will major in Psychology.
On the other hand, Czarina Leviste will take up a B.A. in Health Sciences degree, which is aligned with her goal to provide free health services to more people in the future. Harriet De Leon, who has been exposed to special education through her parents, will major in Political Science and aspires to open doors to education for all kids one day.
Science-inclined badminton athlete Adrian De Guzman wants to make the most of his education. As a student of B.S. in Computer Science, he wants to give back to the community and the future generation. Math-whiz Coleen Reyes will take up Applied Mathematics and a master’s degree in Data Science. She aims to create tools that will help change the game for those who seek mentorship, guidance, and education.
This first group of Jordan Brand Wings Scholars is scheduled to graduate in 2026.
Breaking down barriers
The Jordan Brand Wings inspires youth around the world to achieve greatness on their own terms by providing them with the right tools to hone their skills and passion. Since its founding back in 2015, The Wings Program continuously worked with over 30 partners globally to provide access to education and youth mentorship for those who are in need. They’ve also been granted more than 2,886 scholarships over the years.
The selection process of the first Filipino Jordan Wings scholars began with over 400 student applicants and are often the first generation in their families to go to a university or pursue higher education. The students were selected based on their strengths, championing mindset, and will.
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