BY: ELSHA MARIE B. SORIANO
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – To finance the education of Pangasinan’s aspiring engineers, ten poor but deserving high school graduates will soon receive a scholarship grant provided by the program “Gintong Binhi ng Karunungan” (Golden Seeds of Knowledge) of Team Sual Corporation (TSC).
The Pangasinan provincial board passed a resolution recently authorizing Governor Amado Espino, Jr. to ink a memorandum of agreement with the TSC, Department of Education- Pangasinan I and II, Colegio De Dagupan (CDD) and Pangasinan State University (PSU) for the implementation of the scholarship program.
Authored by Board Member Ranjit Shahani, the resolution seeks to finance the education of two deserving students in a five-year engineering course and three deserving poor students in a three-year ladderized technology course.
The scholarship program, conceptualized by TSC under its corporate social responsibility, is a partnership among the stakeholders in implementing, monitoring and evaluating the purpose of the program.
Shahani said in order to qualify for the grant, applicants should be a high school graduate of any school in the province, graduated with final grade of at least 85% in English, Math, and Science, bonafide resident of a Pangasinan municipality for at least five years, has good moral character, and passed the entrance examination given by the partner school.
Applicants who will undergo several screenings such as aptitude examination and panel interview shall first submit the following requirements: certified photocopy of fourth year high school card; photocopy of Income Tax Return of parents and family members in the same household or BIR Tax Exemption Certificate for those who are not earning; certificate of residency from the Provincial Governor’s Office; certificate of good moral character, and certification letter from PSU or CDD with the entrance examination rating.
Applicants who will be accepted under the program shall comply with their obligations under the program agreement that includes the following requirements: general weighted average (GWA) of 85 percent at the end of each semester or summer period; no course shifting; shall enroll and pass the allowed maximum units per semester; shall not exceed the course duration, to name a few.
Governor Espino will sign the agreement with Ruben Licerio, vice president and Sual station manager, Maria Teresa Lopez, assistant vice president of Corporate Affairs of TSC; Alma Ruby Torio, division superintendent of DepEd-Pangasinan 1; Viraluz Raguindin, division superintendent of DepEd-Pangasinan 2; Victoriano Estira, president of PSU; and Voltaire Arzadon, president of CDD. (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan/SP Secretariat Office)