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Banana export industry foundation awards scholarship grants

Davao City (11 June) -- Eighteen students, fifteen of them high school and three in college, were awarded scholarship grants yesterday by the Banana Export Industry Foundation (BEIF).

"They are all freshmen, are sons and daughters of growers or workers in the export banana industry with a net taxable annual income of not more than P200,000.00 and enrolled in various schools in the Davao Region, Socsargen, Caraga and in the provinces of Bukidnon and North Cotabato," said Ms. Betty Francia, PBGEA-BEIF Executive Assistant.

Francia said that the high school scholars were picked from 59 applicants nominated by member-companies of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) after passing tests administered by the privately-run Center for Educational Measurement while the college freshmen came from the ranks of the foundation's high school scholars who recently graduated and also topped the qualifying tests.

The topnotchers in the high school category, Kamhel Joyce Polino of St. Mary's College of Kidapawan and Kaye Lynor Love V. Pinsoy of the Alabel National Science High School were awarded P30,000.00 for tuition and other fees plus a monthly stipend of P500.00. Both got a rating of 99+% in the qualifying tests.

The scholarship program was established sometime in the early 80's and that the foundation's "cream of the crop" includes the erstwhile president of the National Power Corporation Guido Delgado, Atty. Gil Garcia of the Social Security System, Director Bliss Lantayona of the Department of Trade and Industry-Region IV and Rev. Fr. Paterno Labasano of Hawaii.

"We also count among our former scholars outstanding members of the faculty of state universities particularly in colleges of agriculture," said Francia as she cited the importance of encouraging the youth to consider a career in agriculture.

The new batch of scholars brings to a total of 60 high school and 12 college scholars funded by the foundation for the current school year. (PR/PBGEA) [top]

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