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Dormitory Naming Rights Project

 


Dormitory facilities for Ateneo students date back to the time of Jose Rizal in Intramuros. In the Loyola Heights campus, the first dormitory - Bellarmine Hall - was opened in the mid-1950s. This was followed by Cervini Hall in 1965. Because of lack of space, the second and third floors in the east wing of the Blue Eagle Gym were also used as dorm facilities from 1966-67.

In 1968, Eliazo Hall was constructed adjacent to Cervini Hall. As Eliazo Hall was opened, the gymnasium-dorm was closed permanently. Bellarmine hall was also closed and was made an extension of the college classrooms.

Today, Cervini Hall houses 204 male residents and Eliazo Hall, 164 female residents. Owing to its present capacity, admission to the dormitories has been limited to students coming from the provinces.

A number of students, including foreign students, visiting professors, and even single faculty members, avail of the off-campus housing and boarding facilities that have mushroomed in the Loyola Heights areas. A random survey of these facilities has shown that not only do they charge higher rental, but the facilities are far below those of the Ateneo Residence Halls.

The current school year 2007-2008 has seen the Loyola Schools student population increase to 7,707. Of these, 14% or 1,079 students are on some form of scholarship.

In response to these developments, and to directly meet the needs of the students of the Ateneo, the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation has decided to spearhead a fundraising campaign for the sale of naming rights to a new university dormitory. Each P600,000.00 donation to this campaign entitles the donor exclusive naming rights for one room. All donations must be in accordance to the naming rights policy of the Ateneo de Manila University.

More importantly, all proceeds from this project will go to scholarship grants. Donors will be remembered through the rooms that will be named in their honor. But the more lasting legacy is the gift of education that donors can provide through the proceeds of this project.