“To be successful, follow someone who is successful,” SM Foundation College Scholarship Program Alumnus Cervantes Nicodemus said.
Raised by a single parent, Cervantes knew that it would be financially difficult for him to finish his schooling. Despite this, he worked hard to get good grades, aiming to secure a scholarship so that he can fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer.
Cervantes' guidepost in life were the words of his benefactor, Henry Sy, Sr.: ‘You have to have a dream, whether big or small. Then plan, focus, work hard and be very determined to achieve your goals’. Sy's words encouraged Cervantes to aim higher and work even harder.
“Mr. Sy is my inspiration—because of him, I learned about investing, building businesses and mastering the skills of leadership. I might not become like him or attain his status, but what I am now, started because of him,” he said.
Today, Cervantes works as the head engineer of DWWW 774 kHz as well as a financial consultant, and an entrepreneur (co-owner of Sweet Bite By Yhang). Cervantes continues to follow his dreams and strives to live a life that will inspire others as well.