Spring 2016 Scholarship Honorable Mention: Andrea Soleta

PCB Solutions has built a reputation as one of the most experienced circuit board suppliers in the market. We also make the purchasing process easy for our customers by providing online PCB quotes. While we work hard to make sure that each customer is pleased, we also work hard to honor our community commitments. In order to accomplish that, we provide the annual Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship. This year, we received an unprecedented number of entries. Unfortunately, we can only award one scholarship each year, but we want to honor Andrea Soleta for her remarkable application.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Andrea’s main focus is education. She went to college in the Philippines for two years and then relocated to the United States to continue her education. She managed to maintain a 3.4 GPA as an international student, even though she had to work 20 hours a week. Now, she hopes to get her Master’s Degree in International Business. Andrea’s drive and determination are an inspiration and serve as a reminder of the American dream. You can achieve your dreams as long as you continue to put one foot in front of the other and march toward your goal.


 

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship

How you envision the global economy in the future

Senator Benigno Aquino, the father of the incumbent President of the Republic of the Philippines, said in one of his speeches, “The Filipino is worth dying for.” This simple phrase has stucked in my mind since I was in High School. After two semesters in college in Manila, Philippines, I decided to pursue a higher learning in the United States of America. I was fortunate to be able to get into University of Utah to pursue International Affairs and Global Enterprise Program for my Masters. Being in a foreign land did not prevent me from getting a 3.4 GPA while working 20 hours a week at the same time. I considered myself even lucky that I was writing this essay to share my knowledge and accomplishment to your organization. I was really humbled to apply for this scholarship because it means that I am looking for ways to finance my Masters.

I have researched many universities that specialize in international affairs and I found the perfect answer. I have decided to apply for the MIAGE program at the University of Utah because it provides students with fundamental knowledge of international business, international law, and political-economic context which I really need in my future plan. What I really like in this program is the strict curriculum core which will help me deepen my understanding of the international context of how businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations operates.

My interest in international affairs expanded during my internship at the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC. During my internship, I assisted the first secretary and consul in logistical preparation for visiting political figures, provided support for various embassies and outreach programs. I arranged media interviews and press conferences, as well as writing and research for different international political figures.

Prior to my internship at the embassy, I was the BYU Filipino Club President from August 2014 to April 2014. I led my team to organize a fundraising concert for the typhoon victims in the Philippines, we sold 190 tickets. I provided supportive leadership to my members and other club officers.

In my senior year, I had the chance to do a research paper titled, “How President Joseph Ejercito Estrada Used His Popularity As An Actor To Make Populist Political Gains In The Philippines” which led to the presentation of my paper to the BYU 16th International Inquiry Conference on March 2014.

During my undergraduate years, I was a senior research assistant at AidData, a non-profit organization at BYU, where I learned a great deal. I mastered multiple coding methodologies of international development finance projects according to their purposes, provisions, and geospatial locations. My knowledge about non-profit organizations broadened while working at AidData. I was able to deepen my understanding with international development and how to use this international aid become more accessible and usable for everyone. I learned how to keep track trillions of dollars from 90+ donor agencies which impact the research on aid distribution in the world. I was able to mentor and train research assistants in coding methodologies and data quality. I was also the final reviewer and arbitrator of data prior to publication.

I know that having a Masters in International Business will help tremendously the growth of my family’s business. I strongly feel that the program’s core curriculum will further enhance my skills, knowledge, and the opportunity for my long term career aspirations in the future. I will be taking classes that includes International Management which focus in international trade as well as cases involving strategy and operations for the multinational firm, global-industry analysis, and country analysis. There are also classes on Economics in International trade and Investment, emphasizing firm and industrial organization, imperfect competition theory and empirical evidence, national development interactions in international trade. One of the most interesting class I will take is the Lassonde Venture which provides students an unparalleled opportunity to apply knowledge to the commercial development of University technologies. I will have the opportunity to learn about venture capital, new venture finance, market research, and guest lectures from prominent business leaders and local entrepreneurs.

My vision is to finish my Masters program in International Business. By so doing, I would be able to help to continue my family’s businesses, Soleta’s Interiors, back in the Philippines. My family own a frame business manufacturing business. We supply large picture frames for over 1,181 Latter-Day Saints chapels all over in the Philippines. We also deliver and install curtains, rollershades and pulpits for the chapels. Aside from this, my father own Quartas Ninas, a company which supplies and trades coconut soap, coconut oil, and coconut sugar. We have decided to expand this business in May 2015 by connecting with businessmen in Utah to invest our products for retailing in Costco or local groceries.

For this reason, the MIAGE Program is very appealing to me. My interests include methods of social research, foundation of the politics of international economic relations, and poverty. In addition to the family business, I hope to increase my international affairs expertise in addition to expanding my skills in research and international trade. I really want to work for a non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that promote education to underprivileged countries most especially in the Philippines. I want to partner with a NGOs in the Philippines to help reach their goals on how to improve their organization. I want to travel back and forth from the Philippines to in the United States so I can share my expertise and connect with the locals NGOs in my country.

Thank you for considering my application for the Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship. I am truly honored to share my knowledge and skills with your Committee. Please let me know if there are other additional information you need me to provide.

Andrea Dayne Quilla Soleta
B.A. in Political Science

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