MAKATI, Philippines – Two promising students from the Asian Institute of Management’s (AIM) Master in Development Management (MDM) program received a generous scholarship courtesy of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Japan.
Hannah Resuello and Kimberly Ante expressed great appreciation upon receiving the scholarship. “I’m really grateful for the ADB – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) for allowing me to pursue the MDM program at AIM.” said Resuello. Ante described the meticulous application process and how it was ultimately satisfying to be chosen stating “The application process is competitive, but at the same time, it’s fulfilling to find myself here now, especially with the help of the ADB JSP scholarship.”
Both women exhibit notable skills in leadership while simultaneously expressing deep compassion towards the people they serve. At a young age, Resuello was leading a team dedicated to supporting underprivileged students across Metro Manila. She recalls, “I supervised a scholarship program at the age of 22, but no one is really too young or too old to make a difference and make an impact in the community.” From processing improvement initiatives to forming educational partnerships, she continues to be a driving force in creating opportunities for the students under her care. She currently works with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao where she crafts relevant policy recommendations to strengthen alternative education in the region.
Meanwhile, Ante focuses her efforts on serving women, ensuring that their voices and contributions are integrated into city development plans. She also embraced a mentorship role for the youth, guiding them to create impactful changes within their own communities. “We have the power to create impactful solutions in the community.” Ante explains. She is currently working on her MDM capstone project, exploring ways to make climate field schools for farmers and fisher folk more financially sustainable and viable for private and public partnerships through impact-first investing models.
The scholarship covers 100% of the program fee plus accommodation, round-trip airfare, and a stipend. Established in 1988, the program focuses on encouraging human resource development and nation-building through financial assistance given to graduate students in the Asia-Pacific region. Interested applicants may apply at: https://devatwork.aim.edu/master-in-development-management/adb-japan-scholarship-program/