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PGMA ensures college education for best public HS graduates

Manila (27 February) -- Through President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's "One Town, One Scholar" Program, poor but deserving public high school graduates who will be chosen as their municipalities' "Town Scholar" or "Iskolar ng Bayan" can now be assured of a college education in a state university or college.

The program aims to ensure that the best public high school graduate from every municipality, especially those who have no financial means, will get a college education,"

All town scholars will each receive a scholarship for a four or five-year college degree program, including free tuition and transportation and living allowances, not exceeding P15,000 per semester for SY 2009-2010 and every year thereafter. The Town Scholar, however, must pass the state college or university's entrance examination.

After graduating, the Town Scholar should render a return service for one year for every year of study grant within the country, with priority within the municipality of his/her residence.

The minimum qualifications for becoming a Town Scholar are: (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 Town Scholar shall carry a full semestral/trimestral load as prescribed in the course curriculum and finish within the subscribed duration of the course; enroll only in CHED-identified priority programs, preferably in a SUC near the municipality, and should not shift to another course or school, except for meritorious reasons. He/she should maintain an average of 2.0 in all subjects, with a grade of not less than 2.75 per subject, in order to be retained in the Program.

Interested applicants must submit their letters of application to their respective schools, subject to the screening and selection process agreed upon by Municipal/Town Head and DepED and in addition to the programs' minimum requirements. Period for application, screening and selection of grantees at the municipal town level is from March 1 to April 15, 2009. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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