LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 22 (PIA) — The qualifying exams for academic scholars of the provincial government is set on May 30 to be administered by the Provincial Scholarship Fund Board for poor but deserving college freshmen.
There will be two venues of the exam for easier access of the applicants – the Pangasinan National High School Social Hall in Lingayen for School Divisions of Pangasinan 1, Alaminos City and San Carlos City; and the Juan G. Macaraeg National High School Social Hall in Binalonan for Divisions of Pangasinan II and Urdaneta City.
Dr. Irmina Francisco, chief administrative officer, Office of the Governor, said the top 100 examinees will add to the 1,550 scholars who have been receiving financial assistance from the provincial government for their college education as provincial scholars.
Governor Amado Espino Jr. increased the financial aid of the academic scholars from P7,000 to P8,000 per semester while provincial scholars enrolled at Pangasinan State University (PSU) campuses receive P5, 000 per semester, she said.
Aside from the college scholars, Espino has also given financial aid to the winners of the Takayan na Dayew, a singing competition spearheaded by the provincial government. To date, the province maintains some 12 cultural scholars.
Applicants for the scholarship assistance should have an average of 85 percent and above while valedictorians of DepEd recognized institutions become automatic qualifiers.
Francisco said the granting of scholarship assistance for the college education of poor but deserving students is a continuing commitment of Espino who gives importance to high and quality education, being part of his priority thrusts. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from PIO )