A French non-profit organization announced the opening of 60 slots for an information technology (IT) scholarship program.

If you are below 21 years old; interested in information technology; a high school, ALS (alternative learning system) or K-12 graduate; and if your family’s income is less than P10,000, then you could be one of the youths Passerelles numériques Philippines (PN Philippines) is looking for.

PN Philippines is a French non-profit organization that provides IT scholarship to economically-underprivileged youth in the country.

Since 2009, the organization, in collaboration with the University of San Carlos (USC), has produced 269 graduates who are now all professionally successful.

The organization has been selecting its scholars annually from five provinces in the Visayas region-Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Leyte and Samar.

“We have expanded our selection areas by almost 50 percent because we are aiming to reach more deserving youths in the country who could benefit from our scholarship,” PN Philippines selection coordinator Irish Bulan said of this year’s selection process.

The organization will select 60 youths for this year’s new cohort of scholars.

Aside from technical IT training, the scholarship program will also include professional life training, personal and social follow-up, and guidance to employment program.

On top of these, free food and accommodation, along with medical assistance, are provided for the whole duration of the scholarship.

The organization aims to contribute to the poverty reduction of the Philippines in a sustainable way by giving Filipino youth better employment opportunities through education.

PN Philippines has already started its 54 information sessions/orientation from Feb. 22 to April 1 all around the Visayas.

For details about the sessions, interested participants/applicants may visit www.sites.google.com/a/passerellesnumeriques.org/pnpsp/is.