Announcing the 2016-2017 TaskUs Scholars Program

Nelson Mandela once remarked that, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

We couldn't agree more. In fact, this philosophy is deeply rooted within TaskUs' ethos and expressed through our actions.

The TaskUs Scholars Program (TSP) is one way that we showcase our commitment to giving back to the communities in which we conduct business.

Founded in 2012 by TaskUs Co-Founders Bryce Maddock and Jaspar Weir, TSP is a scholarship initiative that provides access to higher-quality private school education for the children of our Filipino employees than is available through public education programs. Additionally, these scholarships cover the cost of students' classroom supplies, backpacks, and school books.

TaskUs is proud to announce today that 112 students have been awarded scholarships for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year - more than double the number that we awarded last year. Each scholarship is worth approximately $1,100 U.S. (depending on the private school that the child is enrolled in), for a total investment of $123,000.

"Your passion in helping is very admirable," says employee Adele Joy Lopez. "A simple random act of kindness is a big thing for someone. I'm so glad I have ridiculously good bosses."

Why is this program so important to us?

The simple answer is that TaskUs wouldn't exist if it had not been for the considerable kindness of our first Filipino colleagues.

Back in 2009 when TaskUs was getting off the ground - and almost out of money - CEO Bryce Maddock traveled to Manilla to set up our first office. There was just enough in the accounts to purchase five computers and a single economy-class flight to and from the Philippines.

Times were so lean that President Jaspar Weir was left behind in the States to focus on sales. Our first employees graciously opened their home to Bryce (as we didn't have the money for hotels). He lived with teammates for the first month of our operations.

So, yes - we're very grateful for our Filipino colleagues. Without them, we wouldn't have jobs in the United States. They invested in us in our earliest days. Investing in them in return... is just the right thing to do!

In the Philippines, the federal government only spends the equivalent of about $300 U.S. per public school student each year. Schools are so congested that it is not uncommon for students to attend schools in shifts. Dilapidated classrooms host up to 80 students each. Filipino public schools are short approximately 100,000 teachers, 95 million textbooks, and 13.23 million chairs.

It's dismal.

One way that TaskUs is disrupting the outsourcing space is by providing revolutionary benefits that you often don't see other companies provide. We obsess over our employees having a positive experience.

"TaskUs' American counterparts are often afforded educational benefits that allow us to thrive.  We want our Filipino colleague's children to have access to a quality education as well," said Maddock.  "I feel it's important for us to do our part in making a difference in the world.  Education can do that."

As expected, our Filipino colleagues have responded enthusiastically to the TaskUs Scholars Program.

Jhe-Anne Salcedo wrote, "Thanks for another year of this program. I'm truly grateful.  It's overwhelming how TaskUs looks after not only its teammates, but also extends it to our family."

If education changes the world, does it also have a positive impact on business?

"This was one of the reasons why I decided to join this amazing company," said Christopher Ian Dizon. "I now have an additional motivation to strive harder to improve my craft, so that I can provide my daughter the best available education. My wife and I couldn't previously do this.  I can't even put into words just how much joy I'm feeling right now."

Sounds like a "yes" to us!

Sources:

  1. "Education Gets Lion's Share of 2014 Budget." Republic of the Philippines, 27 Jan. 2014. Web. 8 June 2016.
  2. Pastrana, Dante. "Dilapidated, Overcrowded Public Schools in the Philippines." Dilapidated, Overcrowded Public Schools in the Philippines -. International Committee of the Fourth International, 20 June 2014. Web. 9 June 2016.

Michael Buenaventura

June 15, 2016