A TOTAL of 348 incoming college students who are grantees of the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program (NOSP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Provincial Government led by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, in a ceremony held at the Negros Occ. Multi-Purpose Activity Center in Bacolod City, Wednesday.
The scholars have applied for different scholarship categories such as District Educational Scholarship (DES), Pagkaon Scholarship, Indigenous Peoples’ Scholarship, NOPMANS – Medicine, Degree Completion Scholarship, Provincial Educational Assistance for Capitol Employees (PEACE) – Post Graduate, PEACE – Bachelor’s Degree, and Best of Negros.
The grantees underwent series of examinations and interviews before they were qualified for the scholarship program.
Gov. Lacson congratulated the grantees and told them to do good in their studies as they pursue college education.
He said that scholars must take advantage of the opportunity given to them and take it seriously in order to get a job after graduation, and eventually improve the quality of their lives.
Board Member Agustin Ernesto Bascon, chairman of the SP Committee on Education, said that the Provincial Government reaffirms its commitment and dedication to the scholars as they intend to bring progress not only in the province but to each and every families in Negros Occidental.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by the parents of the scholars.
Also present in the activity were Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Alberto Nellas, Jr., Executive Assistant to the Governor Charina Magallanes – Tan, and Provincial Human Resource Management Officer Atty. Anabelle Palic, among others.
Ananias Ricaplaza, Jr., a Pagkaon Scholarship grantee (BS Agriculture) who graduated Cum Laude at Central Philippine State University (CPSU) – Kabankalan in 2014, said that he is thankful of the scholarship opportunity given to him and encouraged his fellow scholars to do their best and not lose hope in every challenge that they will encounter.
He now works in a private company in Bacolod City in line with his college course. (PR)