Pampanga provincial gov’t offers scholarship grants to college students

June 1, 2010 8:35 pm 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, June 1 – The provincial government will continuously offer scholarship grants to qualified college students in the province.

This is part of the provincial government’s Special Assistance Fund for Education (S.A.F.E.) scholarship program aimed to give opportunities poor but deserving students to pursue their college education.

Donna dela Cruz, provincial capitol’s administrative aide and program in-charge, said that they are now in the process of interviewing and assessing the qualifications of new applicants for the first semester of this school year.

Dela Cruz said that technical staff of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) have started their rounds of interviews and screening of applicants from the province’s 20 towns at the Capitol’s Executive House here.

She said that screening of applicants from the City of San Fernando and Magalang town started on May 31.

The screening schedule in other municipalities is as follows: June 1, Guagua and Minalin; June 2, Bacolor and Porac; June 3, Sta. Ana and Arayat; June 4, Sta. Rita and Lubao; June 8, Sto.Tomas, Apalit and Sasmuan; June 9, Floridablanca and Mabalacat; June 10, San Simon and San Luis; and June 11, Macabebe and Masantol.

The interviews aim to assess the socio-economic status of the applicants including their degree of motivation to pursue collegiate course as well as their financial support system and main source of income, she said.

Aside from qualified walk-in applicants, Dela Cruz said educational assistance was also provided to the provincial capitol’s casual and permanent employees and their children, who were likewise given a more competitive advantage for career advancement and future employment.

For the school year 2009 to 2010, the provincial government sponsored a total of 1,788 college scholars.

The scholars are provided with P5,000 financial assistance per semester, she added.

Pampanga Governor Eddie T. Panlilio earlier said that education is the key to success and serves as the way out of poverty.

He said that “while it is true that the P5,000 financial assistance given each student may be a small amount for some, the amount will surely go a long way and reap positive results if properly used.”

The scholars are required to maintain an average of 80 percent to be able to continue benefiting from the program and to undergo a community service program identified by the provincial government, Dela Cruz added. (PNA)

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