EducationUSA Fair Participant Becomes First Filipino Student at U.S. University

Lanao del Norte native Marian Cedeño became the first Filipino student to attend the University of the Incarnate World in Texas.

Manila, February 27, 2019 — Following her participation in the U.S. Embassy’s 2018 EducationUSA Fair, Marian Cedeño became the first Filipino student to attend the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in Texas when she started classes this semester.

Cedeño, who was among the top students at the Filipino Turkish Tolerance School in Zamboanga, attended the EducationUSA Fair in March 2018, together with her schoolmates, to explore study opportunities in the United States.

“I never imagined myself studying in America, but with the help of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, I was able to choose a good school that recognized my potential,” Cedeño said.

While at the fair, Cedeño met with admissions officers from 34 U.S. universities and colleges, including an international admissions official from UIW.  After the event, she received free virtual step-by-step college guidance from one of EducationUSA’s advisers.

“There were a lot of universities at the EducationUSA Fair, and it wasn’t easy to choose from all of them, [but] UIW seemed like it could be my home,” she said.

After her acceptance to UIW, Cedeño secured partial financial aid from the university and was granted additional funding by her provincial government.

“My goal is to give back to my community in Lanao del Norte after college.  I looked for how I can get the best education to mold me into a person that is capable of putting my goals into reality, and the United States gave me that opportunity,” she said.

EducationUSA is the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States.  This year’s EducationUSA Fair will take place in Cebu on Thursday, February 28 and in Manila on Friday, March 1.

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