College scholarship program sought

A SCHOLARSHIP program for higher education is being pushed for poor but deserving youth.

An ordinance establishing a college education scholarship program in the city for poor but deserving students was approved for second reading during this week’s regular council session.

Councilor Leandro Yangot who chairs the committee on Market Trade and Commerce said, "While the City has contemplated on putting up City College similar to the administration and operation of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, the project is far from being realized due to huge budget required."

The proposed ordinance “Baguio City College Scholarship Program will grant P10,000 for each grantee per semester to augment expenses incurred in school. If the ordinance is approved, it will provide an opportunity for the students to earn a degree despite of being financially incapable as well as recognize academically intelligent but financially incapacitated students who will prove that poverty is not a hindrance in earning a college degree.

The program is also aimed to encourage students to excel and do well in their studies.

For each semester there will be 300 slots allocated for students who will pass necessary requirements for the scholarship.

Requirements are; each grantee must be a bonafide resident of the City; must be a certified poor but deserving student with a certificate of indigency from City Social Welfare and Development Office and the Bureau of Internal Revenue; must also be 35 years old and below; has good moral character with an average grade of at least 85% upon graduation from high school and no grade lower than 85% and no failing marks.

The grantees will be screened by the City Mayor as the chairman of the City Scholarship Committee; Commission on Higher Education duly authorized representative, SP committee chairman on Education, SK Federation president and all school president/heads of participating schools.

Presently, the City only gives grants to high school students under the Committee on Education.


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