THE Southern City Colleges (SCC), the oldest institution of higher education, on Monday unveiled its “Triple 7” scholarship program providing opportunity to deserving but underprivileged students from Zamboanga City to pursue their studies.
SCC President and Chief Executive Officer Edwin Caliolio said the launching of the Triple 7 scholarship program is in line with the school’s 70th Foundation Anniversary on December 8, which coincides with the feast day of Immaculate Conception.
Caliolio said there will be two groups of students under the scholarship program, the college group and high school group.
Caliolio said each group will consist 70 students enjoying 100 percent scholarship, 70 scholars enjoying 75 percent scholarship, and 70 students enjoying 50 percent scholarship, or for a total of 210 scholars per group, totaling 420 scholars for both groups.
“We thought of launching this project as a way of giving back to the community that supported us all these years and also as a way of honoring our ancestors,” he said.
He said the objective of the scholarship program is to create an “Honor’s Class” who will represent the institution in academic and extracurricular competitions in local, regional, and national levels.
He said the applicants for scholarship must be from this city.
For a College student to qualify, the applicant must be those who stopped and are now resuming their studies and transferees from other educational institutions.
A high school student must be in the Top 10 of his or her graduation Grade 6 class, a standing duly certified by the principal.
Caliolio said the Triple 7 scholarship is one of several scholarships the SCC is offering to deserving but underprivileged students.
The Southern City Colleges was established in 1946 by Caliolio’s grandfather, Francisco Sr., a native of Tarlac who was married to Araceli Dizon Ferrer, a native of Bacoor, Pampanga. (Bong Garcia)