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Imee Charlee C. Delavin

Manila, Philippines

Hong Kong Baptist University

MA in International Journalism Studies

Work & internships

Employer: Hinrich Foundation

Awards & citations

Hinrich Global Trade Leaders Scholarship (2017)

Previous university & major(s)

University of the Philippines-Diliman – Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) (2013)

Scholar status

New scholar – Class of 2017

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

It was an opportunity that came at the right time, and I couldn’t be any happier. This scholarship is something that fit what I wanted to pursue, and I know this one is meant for me. I had prayed for this and it came, so I’m really thankful.

Why I’m interested in trade

I’m interested in trade because it’s something that directly helps people. It provides an opportunity to connect people – whether through goods or services – making the world smaller, and each one of us part of a bigger ecosystem.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

This scholarship opportunity promises a whole new learning experience for me as I slowly veer toward the career that I want to pursue and the dreams that I long to fulfill. It is an avenue to better myself and a great start to building lasting friendships and gaining a wider, deeper perspective on the realities of the world.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

Meeting new people from different walks of life and seeing the world from a totally different place and perspective are what I really look forward to. Plus, getting lost in a place and finding my way would be a really good idea.

What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home and why

I’ll bring with me childhood photos of my siblings so I’ll always have something to make me laugh when things get tough, and remind me why the world is such a beautiful place.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

I like to sit in coffee shops and “people-watch”. I like talking to people, reading nonfiction and “how to” books, and watching action films. I paint, draw and decorate things. I also cook (although not well) and I love traveling and getting lost.

Things I’m passionate about: war, history, world economy, food, fashion and travel.

My proudest achievement so far in life

I am proud of sending two of my siblings to school, traveling solo and being awarded this scholarship.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

I had to send myself to school back in college, which involved taking on different jobs while studying but still enjoying life on the side. I managed to keep myself happy, and I was thankful throughout the process.

My future goals and aspirations

My future goal is to have the kind of job that would allow me to help more people, uplift more lives and see the world. I want to be a diplomat and author, or work for a group with which I share the same causes. I am a work in progress but I’m nearer my goal today than yesterday.

How I plan to give back and help others

I plan to give back by promoting education for indigenous peoples and the marginalized sectors of society. Depending on how far I’ll be able to realize my dreams (fingers crossed), I want to pay it forward by also sending students from these sectors to school because I know that education is the greatest equalizer in society. I also want to open livelihood programs and help promote them to a bigger audience so they will have the world as their market and eventually improve their lives.

Personal statement

Personal statements are the hardest to do; it is always easy to write about other things but not about oneself. In a nutshell, I just want to say that a dream came true when you accepted me into this scholarship, and these are opportunities that come only once (or twice) and you know will change your life for the better. I’m not the smartest person you’ll meet, or the most articulate, but I give my best in the things that I do. I get things done and I know I can contribute something to further realize the vision of the Hinrich Foundation in making the world a better place if not for all people, then at least for some.

Story about Imee Charlee C. Delavin

I’m the fourth in a family of 13 children and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I grew up with enough and it helped me value every little thing. I came from a small province called Masbate and studied in the big city of Manila; this inspired me to hold on to a dream bigger than myself, and aspire to see the world.

I’ve always been fascinated with how people can steer their life to any direction and be happy just by choosing to be.

Working for a newspaper brand has taught me how knowledge is important in making informed decisions. It has also helped me develop fortitude.