ABANSE Negrense, a seven-point development agenda of Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, highlights education as one of its priorities.

In keeping with this vision, the Office of the Governor has announced its partnership with Mapúa Malayan Digital College (MMDC) with the Abanse Negrense Business and Information Technology (IT) Scholarship.

The scholarship equips 100 deserving students from Negros Occidental with a free education from MMDC with a choice from majors that could eventually pave the way for in-demand careers.

“Education is a vehicle for employment, and a tool for social mobility. It is vital for this administration to strengthen its educational policies,” Lacson said in a press release.

MMDC is a digital-first college with two majors, and six specializations.

For those taking the IT program, they can choose from Network and Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and Software Development.

For the Business Administration (BA) program, they can choose from Marketing Management, Human Resources Management, and Operations Management.

“We chose the specializations based on industry research–we wanted to equip our graduates with both the technical skills, as well as the soft skills needed by companies today. These include critical thinking, analytical thinking, creativity, strategy, leadership, and more,” Derrick Latreille, chief learning officer of MMDC, said.

While tuition fees are as low as P15,000 per trimester, the Abanse Negrense Scholarship allows qualified students to enjoy a full scholarship on matriculation fees for their entire stay at MMDC.

The scholarship is open to residents of the province, except for Bacolod City, must be an incoming college freshman student, with a high school report card, and must be willing to render volunteer work for the provincial government.

To begin the application process, students must fill out the application form on the website, www.mmdc.mcl.edu.ph.

The documents that they need to submit include proof of Negros Occidental Residency like Barangay Certificate and Applicant’s Personal ID, Grade 12 or High School Report Card/Form 138 indicating “eligible to transfer to 1st year college,” PSA Birth Certificate, good moral character, government Issued IDs of Parents , 1.5X 1.5 ID photo with white background, and MMDC waiver forms.

After submitting documents, the student must then pass the MMDC Online Readiness Assessment. Deadline for the application and submission of documents is August 5, 2022.

Meanwhile, the scholarship is valid for the entire duration of the student’s stay at MMDC.

The student is expected to fulfill the requirements like maintaining a Term Weighted Average (TWA) of 2.50 per term or better, with no failing grade or dropped subject and a full load per term during his or her studies.

Scholars must complete all requirements of the study within the period specified, follow the rules and regulations of the school where he/she is enrolled and must not have been subject to any disciplinary action by the school.

Also, they should render one year volunteer work to the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental and attend meetings, general assemblies, trainings, and other activities intended for the scholars as required by the Scholarship Program Division.

With the Abanse Negrense Scholarship for Business and IT, both the office of the governor and MMDC hope to provide quality education to deserving students, further empowering them to go places with Mapúan academic excellence, the press release said.

To begin the application process, visit www.mmdc.mcl.edu.ph. (PR)