2 students qualify for Owwa’s scholarship program

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Thursday, May 2, 2013


CATBALOGAN CITY -- Two incoming college students from Eastern Visayas have qualified for the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) starting this school year.

Rannikka Ann Mondoñedo from the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus and Earl Antonell Doctolero of the Eastern Visayas State University High School are among the 105 national qualifiers of the program, according to Owwa Director Norma Del Rosario.

The two scholars, who both reside in Tacloban City, will be signing a memorandum of agreement with Owwa in the coming weeks, Del Rosario said.

Mondoñedo, a daughter of a sea-based overseas Filipino worker (OFW), ranked sixth among the qualifiers. She is planning to take up a bachelor’s degree in clothing technology in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Doctolero, whose brother is working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, plans to take up a bachelor’s degree in tourism, hotel and restaurant management at Leyte Normal University.

Scholars of the program are entitled to a P60,000 annual subsidy or equivalent to P30,000 per semester leading to a four-to-five year baccalaureate course in any college or university of their choice.

EDSP is a competitive study grants program that puts premium on the academic profile of the applicant more than the economic status. This means the qualified OFW dependent could avail of the program regardless of the OFW benefactor’s salary bracket.

Every year, the Department of Science and Technology through the Science Education Institute conducts the EDSP qualifying exam simultaneously in Manila, Batangas, Pangasinan, Cavite, Davao City, Laguna, National Capital Region, Iligan City, Tagbiliran City, Naga City, Iligan City, Negros Occidental, Butuan City, and Bataan.

The examination is also administered in Riyadh and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the State of Bahrain to qualified applicants who are sons and daughters of active Owwa members. Siblings not older than 21 years old of unmarried Owwa members may also apply for the scholarship.

For this school year, a total of 4,506 graduating high school students applied for the program but only 105 have qualified.

Region 4-A (Calabarzon) topped the other regions in terms of number of passers, followed by National Capital Region, Regions III and VI and Middle East. (Ricky J. Bautista/Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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