1,688 Taguig high school grads receive scholarships to pursue college degree

July 8, 2013 12:05 am 

MANILA, July 7 — The Taguig city government announced on Sunday that a total of 1,688 high school graduates would be the recipients of scholarship grants under the P300-million Lifeline Assistance for Neighbors In-Need or (LANI) Scholarship Program to pursue their higher education this year.

Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano awarded scholarships to 929 students last May 29 belonging to the first batch while the second batch of 759 students received their scholarships last July 4 which both held at the Taguig City University (TCU) auditorium in General Santos Avenune, Upper Bicutan.

The students represent the early recipients of LANI scholars for this academic year as more are expected to follow after the Taguig City Council increased the funding for the program to P300 million.

“This is the reason why we have allocated a sizeable amount of the city government’s resources to fund the scholarship program: to empower our children to pursue higher education and eventually become productive citizens of Taguig,” Cayetano said.

“This is the legacy we want to leave our children. We believe that the next generation of Taguigenos can look forward to a brighter, happier future,” the lady mayor added.

According to Bootes Lopos of the Taguig City Policy and Education Office, the recent batch comprised of 344 students from District 1 and 415 from District 2. Last May 29, a total of 381 recipients of the LANI scholarship program were from District 1 while 548 were from District 2.

Lopos said the beneficiaries of the scholarship program, who went to college this school year, each received cash which they used for enrollment in institutions of higher education.

“The application for the scholarship fund is a continuing process. These are the first recipients for the first semester of the academic year,” she explained.

Lopos said in order to get the financial assistance, the graduates only had to bring a registration form or a receipt as proof that they are already enrolled in college.

She said that those who may wish to apply for the LANI scholarship program for the first semester has until July 15 to do so.

The local city government had earlier increased the funding for its scholarship program from last year's P200 million to P300 in 2013 as part of its efforts to boost the education sector.

The LANI program has seven basic categories of scholarship: basic scholarship or financial assistance; full scholarships; state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) scholarships; premier/specialized schools scholarships; leaders and educators advancement and development (LEAD); review assistance program for bar and board reviewees; and priority courses and skills training.

“And I have this to say to our scholars: the city government has given you the means to reach out for your dreams. We hope that the financial assistance we extend to you will allow you to jumpstart your bright future. The rest is up to you,” Cayetano said. (PNA)



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