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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012


151 scholarships still open for military dependents

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- One hundred and fifty one scholarships in state universities nationwide are still open for dependents of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), according to AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie D. Dellosa.

He also encouraged AFP units to further promote and advertise the scholarship program to help more military dependents in their college education.

“This implicates our strong commitment and concern for the future of our youth as the AFP’s duties go beyond its mandate of protecting the people and the state,” said Dellosa.

In a release, the AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO) is now accepting new applicants for the first semester, School Year 2012-2013 under the Department of National Defense – Commission on Higher Education – Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges scholarship program.

The AFPEBSO grants educational benefits both to the military personnel and their dependents with the aim of assisting them to finish their education.

The program covers courses in Engineering, Agriculture, Fisheries, Teacher Education and Social Science to exclude Bachelor of Laws, Physical Science, Dentistry and Medicine.

Applicants for the scholarship program must pass the organization’s requirements.

The organization is currently serving a total of 4,535 grantees of educational benefit and scholarship with the help from different educational benefit programs from government agencies, foundations, private individuals, non-government institutions, and partner schools nationwide.

Recognizing the soldiers' heroism, AFPEBSO gives priority to the orphans of Filipino soldiers who were killed in action.

Since 2006, the organization was able to help 1,723 students finish their education in college with 42 graduated as Cum Laude and 7 as Magna Cum Laude.

“We value our soldiers’ morale and welfare which is why we are very active in offering services and benefits for them and their dependents to make sure their wellbeing as military personnel is well-sufficed,” Dellosa added.

For more information and for an electronic copy of the application form, please log on to the AFPEBSO website at (AFP/RJB/JEG-PIA-NCR)

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