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Davao-based college expands scholarship program

by RG Alama

Davao City (25 June) -- Rizal Memorial College in Davao City is expanding its scholarship program with the support of local government units, national government agencies and political officials both from local and national levels.

The Rizalian Scholarship Program started in 2008 as part of the school's 60th anniversary initiative. It aims to subsidize tuition fee expenses to poor but deserving scholars in consonance to the school's founding vision of providing quality but affordable education. The goal is for RMC to benefit 10,000 scholars under the RSP.

According to Dean Evangeline Yap, RMC vice-president for academic affairs there are 383 grantees currently enrolled in the first semester of 2009.

She cited the major benefactors of the school program included grants from Senator Francis Escudero, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte through STEP-Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program Financial Assistance of the City Government of Davao, Vice-Mayor Sarah Duterte Scholarship grant, Jollibee Skills enhancement and Educational Development for Students, Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta, Councilor Angela-Librado Trinidad and Councilor Edgar Ibuyan scholarship grants.

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas has also contributed to the program as with Commission on Higher Education with its Oplan Kaalam Scholarship Program and Student Assistance Fund for Education or SAFE.

Aside from scholarships the school is also known for its affordable tuition fees. Yap said that the school accepts enrollees with P500 as down payment. For a 21-unit load for one semester, one can only spend P10, 800 which is the full cost of the tuition.

This school year RMC is opening new TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) -accredited courses namely bookkeeping, bartending, food and beverage, hotel front office services. These are all with National Certification (NC) II accreditation.

This is in addition to the Caregiving NC II course earlier offered by the school. (PIA XI) [top]

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