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Benguet to sponsor more scholars in 2008

by SC Aro

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (7 September) -- The provincial government has increased the quota of scholars per municipality due to the clamor of constituents inasmuch as there are poor but deserving students who want to finish a degree but could barely afford due to the unprecedented tuition fee hike and cost of living.

This is following the amendment of Provincial Ordinance No. 04-92 which was crafted in 2004 establishing a College Educational Scholarship Program for poor but deserving students with corresponding fund appropriation.

Provincial Ordinance No. 07-120 series 2007 now establishes the Benguet Provincial Scholarship Program (BPSP) for a four-year or five-year courses.

Noteworthy provision of the Ordinance is to increase the number of scholars from two to four per municipality and increasing the allowance or assistance from P5,000.00 to P6,000.00 per semester or equivalent to P12,000.00 a year.

Another provision of the measure is the budgetary allocation of the scholarship program under the general fund for a four-year period beginning fiscal year (FY) 2008 are as follows: FY 2008, P1.56 million; FY 2009, 2.184 million; FY 2010, P2.496 million; and FY 2011 P2.808 million.

Also included is the creation of a Provincial Scholarship Program Committee (PSPC) chaired by the provincial governor whose role is to screen and select qualified students.

Like any other scholarship program, a grantee has to obtain passing grades in all enrolled subjects in order to enjoy the scholarship.

To qualify for the program, the grantee shall have the following qualifications: must be born and a bonafide resident in the province with either parent belonging to any of the ethnic tribe of Benguet; must be poor but deserving student as certified by the Punong Barangay where the grantee resides and the Office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development; must not be more than 21 years old; of good moral character; a general average of at least 85t percent upon graduation from high school and must belong to the top 10 of the class as certified by the school principal or head of the school; must not have a grade below 80 percent in any subject; should enroll in a Commission on Higher Education accredited educational institution within Baguio City and Benguet; and must have attended and completed elementary and high school education in Benguet and Baguio City.

The PSPC will prepare the implementing rules and regulations within the enactment of the Ordinance upon the approval of the Provincial Board. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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