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GSIS scholar finishes college, thanks pension fund's grant

Manila (13 February) -- "With the GSIS scholarship, I was able to enroll in a prestigious educational institution. I fully appreciate [the] generosity of the GSIS, which recognizes the value of education by helping students through [its] scholarship [program]."

Those were the words of appreciation of John Alexander Belderol, a full academic scholar of the GSIS in Cagayan de Oro City.

Balderol, a dean's lister at the Xavier University in CDO, recently graduated with a civil engineering degree.

Conveying his gratitude in a letter to the GSIS, Belderol said the grant enabled him to concentrate on his studies, as he did not have to worry about tuition and related monetary concerns. He said he hopes to return the GSIS' generosity and confidence in the future.

Belderol is among the 71 college graduates who benefited from the GSIS Scholarship Program (GSP). Some 165 GSP scholars are currently enrolled in various universities and colleges around the country.

The GSP is part of the pension fund's social mission, which helps poor and deserving students get education and contribute to the well-being of their families and the society.

Now on its 11th year, the GSIS will again, reward 200 scholarship grants.

The application period is from February 4 to April 11. Winners will be drawn on April 15.

To date, 368 scholarships have been awarded since the program started with 25 slots in 1998.

Under the GSHP, scholars enjoy P20,000 tuition fee coverage and P2,000 monthly stipend. Last year, also 200 students were chosen as GSP grantees nationwide.

All GSIS active members with updated premium payments can join the program. Winning members, who are drawn through a computer-assisted raffle, may nominate an incoming freshman or enrolled college student not necessarily related to them.

The number of grants in a GSIS office or branch is proportionate to the number of members in its area of jurisdiction.

GSIS scholars may enroll in any school or degree of their choice. Records show that since the program's inception, 106 grantees have pursued engineering courses, 96 have taken up accountancy, and 47, nursing.

Other courses chosen were commerce, mathematics, mass communication, hotel and restaurant management, psychology, industrial management, actuarial science, and medical technology. (GSIS/PIA) [top]

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