(Metro News) Dr. Pio Valenzuela Scholarship Program beneficiaries now placed at 120

July 5, 2009 10:30 pm 

MANILA, July 6 — The Valenzuela local government announced that beneficiaries of its “Dr. Pio Valenzuela Scholarship Program” for this school year is now placed at 120 poor but deserving students.

Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian said that scholars received P20,000 cash grant annually.

He said that the scholarship program was established by Municipal Council No.12 Series of 1995 with the goal of assisting marginalized Valenzuela residents to complete their education.

According to Gatchalian, beginning next school year, the financial assistance will be increased to P40,000 annually, subject to the city council's approval and budget appropriation.

"We recognize the fact that the cost of education today is continually rising, and to show our continued commitment of providing tertiary education to Valenzuelano students, we found it necessary to raise the grantees' allowance. We also aim to accommodate more students applying for the program which as of now is dependent on how many students graduate and how many fails to maintain the required grades," the Valenzuela mayor said.

"Each year, we open the program to incoming college students through a qualifying examination," said Dr. Pio Valenzuela Scholarship Program Committee member and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV) president Dr. Nedeña C. Torralba.

"But the examination is open only to students who are residents of the city for the past four years as attested by the barangay and school records, and a member of top two percent of a Valenzuela public high school graduating class,” she further said.

Dr. Torralba also said that scholars are required to maintain a general average of 2.0 per semester until they graduate.

She added that failure to comply with this requirement could mean their removal from the program.

Torralba clarified that the scholarship is available not only to enrolling PLV students as there are also grantees studying at the University of the Philippines (UP), Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) and other reputable schools in Metro Manila taking up courses ranging from engineering to accountancy.

Dr. Pio Valenzuela, the city and program’s namesake is as part of the triumvirate, along with Andrés Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto, that composed the Katipunan, and was one of the founders of Ang Kalayaan — the official organ of the movement. (PNA)

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