BUTUAN City — The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) calls for direct dependents of active Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who shall enroll or currently enrolled in any four or five year baccalaureate course. For school year 2017-2018, the agency now accepts applications for the degree-granting scholarship programs.
The Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) is a competitive grant given to the applicants who can ace the highly demanding examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) where only the top 400 Owwa examinees nationwide will be awarded the scholarship.
With its revamped scheme, slots available for incoming freshmen have doubled to 400 compared to the 200 from the previous years. On top of that, 30 slots for Caraga are also available to those already in 2nd-5th year in college. Grantees shall receive a financial assistance of P30,000 per semester.
Applicants for incoming freshmen must be 21 years and below, single and a grade 12 senior high school student at the time of applications. He/she must have a general weighted average not lower than B letter grade or 85% equivalence or higher and should belong to the top 20% of the graduating class duly certified by the School Principal. Furthermore, he/she must belong to the top 400 Owwa qualifiers from the DOST-SEI national qualifying examination.
Those who are already enrolled in 2nd to 5th year must not be more than 30 years old to qualify. The applicant must not have any grade lower than B or 85% in all academic and non-academic subjects from the previous school years. Only six slots are available per province which totals to 30 slots for Caraga. Acceptance and approval shall be on a “first come, first served” basis.
To qualify as a dependent, the applicant must be a child of a married or unmarried OFW and/or brother or sister of an unmarried OFW and must be single.
Deadline for filing of applications will be on July 15. Application forms are available at the Owwa Regional Welfare Office Caraga; their School Principal or Guidance Counselor (if available); PESO Office in the local government units (Municipal and Provincial); and Active OFW Family Circle/ Organizations. Filing and submission will be at the Regional Office only. (owwa xiii)