Does the thought of going to college worry you? Do the overwhelming costs that come with studying scare you? Attending university sure is expensive but that does not mean it’s impossible. Don’t let financial constraints stop you because there are still many ways to pursue the degree of your dreams. Scholarship opportunities await you, you just have to find the right one!
Aside from schools and companies offering merit, sports and needs-based scholarships, the government also provides opportunities for deserving students to attend college. Here’s a list of scholarships you can apply for:
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) offers underprivileged yet excellent students who belong to the top 5% of their class the opportunity to pursue undergraduate studies. Degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in state universities and colleges, CHED identified Centers of Excellence (COE) or Centers of Development (COD), and institutions with FAAP Level III accreditation are given priority. After graduation, the scholars are expected to give back by serving the country for a minimum duration equivalent to the number of years the scholar benefited from the scholarship.
Aside from trainings and scholarships given to aspiring migrant workers, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration also offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities for qualified Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) legal dependents.
- Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) to receive up to Php 60, 000 financial assistance per school year,
- OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) which offers up to Php 20, 000 scholarship money to those whose parents’ income does not exceed 400 USD,
- Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) for immediate descendants of migrant workers who want to pursue courses in Science and Technology fields, and
- Educational Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) which is offered to dependents of OWWA members at the time of their death.
The Commission on Higher Education has two scholarship programs, namely the State Scholarship Program (full or partial) and the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA). Recipients of the grants are selected based on merit or talent. Full scholars can receive up to Php 30,000 in aid, while partial scholars can receive up to Php 15, 000.
Students interested in studying course programs like B.S. Geology, B.S. Mining Engineering, and B.S. Metallurgical Engineering are in luck as the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is offering a scholarship to talented aspirants set to pursue those degrees. The scholarship will cover one’s transportation and tuition costs. Recipients are also given a monthly stipend and an assurance of employment upon graduation.
Now you know the scholarships offered by the government, be sure to apply to the best that fits your condition and qualifications. Properly fill out your applications and submit them on or before the deadline.
For more information on opportunities to study for free, check Edukasyon.ph, and find the one that suits you.
Good luck on your search for a college scholarship. May the odds be ever in your favor!