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CHEDRO 2 awards scholarship to "One Town One Scholar" grantees in Quirino

by Thelma C. Bicarme

Cabarroguis, Quirino (June 4) -- The Commission on Higher Education Regional Office (CHEDRO 2) has awarded One Town, One Scholar (OTOS) scholarship certificates to five out of the six grantees from the province on June 3, 2010, in time with the 65th birthday celebration of Cong. Junie E.Cua.

The awarding ceremony was spearheaded by CHEDRO 2 Director Evelyn Pascua who personally handed the certificates to Francis Monic Benting of Diffun, Rommer July Domingo of Cabarroguis, Rufhal Guttierrez of Aglipay, Kristine Maryknoll Taguba of Maddela and Jovielyn Valerio of Saguday.

Pascua said that out of the six municipalities of the province, only five have submitted their scholars. "We are still waiting for the municipality of Nagtipunan to submit its OTOS", Pascua added.

The CHED director explained that the One Town, One Scholar Program is a program of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which is a special program under the CHED's Scholarship Program.

Under the CHED policy, the scholars should enroll preferably in any course identified by CHED and in a State University or College near the municipality. The scholars must carry a full semestral or trimestral load as prescribed in the course curriculum and should not shift to another course or school, except for meritorious reasons.

Three out of the five scholars have already enrolled at the Quirino stat College in Diffun town under its Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, one of the CHED-identified priority programs.

The grantees submitted their letters of application to their respective schools, and they went through a screening and selection process agreed upon by the municipal mayors and DepEd officials.

The Town Mayors then endorsed to CHED Regional Offices (CHEDRO) the selected Town Scholar. CHED then validated the qualification of the endorsed grantees as Town Scholars prior to final issuance of Scholarship Certificates.

To become a Town Scholar, one must possess the following qualifications: (a) a natural born Filipino citizen residing in the municipality/town; (b) graduating student of a public high school in the municipality/town; (c) belongs to the top 10 of the graduating class of a public school in said municipality; (d) with a combined gross annual family income below P300,000; and, (e) possesses good moral character and good health.

The program aims to ensure that the best public high school graduate from every municipality, especially those who are poor, will get a college education.

Meanwhile, Director Pascua announced that a total of 250 congressional scholars are now enjoying the benefits under the program funded by Congressman Cua and there are still available slots waiting for qualified applicants. (PIA 2) [top]

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