With the rising cost of higher education in the country, more and more scholarships are being established to help aid students and parents with their financial burdens. Year by year, many students are vying for some of the biggest scholarship programs from big companies, foundations, and government agencies. These scholarships provide students with benefits that range from full to partial scholarships, allowances, to book discounts, just to name some. While these programs provide students with plenty of perks, the reality is that the competition among applicants is also high.
Fortunately, there are many more scholarships in your localities that you can apply for. These grants are offered by different government bodies, local colleges and universities, and other institutions based in that region. Though the perks may not be the same as the large-sum grants, these financial aids can still contribute significantly to your education. Here are some of the local scholarships grants by region:
National Capital Region
In order to promote academic and professional excellence, the City Government of Muntinlupa established the Educational Development for Government Employees (EDGE) scholarship program. EDGE is open to all public school teachers who wish to pursue graduate studies in other universities aside from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun). The program is also open for city government employees, health care professionals, and police officers residing in Muntinlupa, and PLMun professors.
ASCP is the scholarship program of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. aimed at providing assistance to undergraduate students. Aboitiz provides trainings, financial aids, mentoring, and relevant exposure for students pursuing degrees in the fields of Social Sciences (Psychology, Economics and Political Science), Accountancy, Business / Management / Finance, Engineering, and Information Technology. The program is open to students with at least an 85% mark or its equivalent with no failing grades. Interested applicants can submit all of the requirements and pertinent documents through Edukasyon.ph.
The GBF Iskolar ni Juan Tech-Voc Program is a one-year fully subsidized scholarship for high school graduates and out of school youth. The program was made in partnership with Gokongwei Brothers Foundation and Universal Robina Corporation Branded Consumer Food Group (URC-BCFG). Iskolar ni Juan recipients are trained under TESDA-registered programs at GBF Technical Training Center while their on-the-job trainings are held at URC-BCFG.
- MetroGold Scholarship Program (MSP) – Manila
The MetroGold Scholarship was established by the Metrobank Foundation to support underprivileged students who are aiming to pursue degrees in Architecture, Engineering, Science, and Business courses. MSP is in partnership with various universities in the country including University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Don Bosco Technical College-Mandaluyong, and Adamson University. The scholarship program is open for students who are already enrolled in these partner schools. Beneficiaries are entitled to full academic scholarships and allowances.
- Quezon City Scholarship Grants
The local government of Quezon City provides scholarship grants to class achievers such as the academic scholarship automatically given to the top 5 students from public high schools. Valedictorians and salutatorians will receive a maximum of Php 80,000 for tuition fees plus Php 20,000 stipend a year. While the first to third honorable mentions will receive a maximum of Php 30,000 tuition plus Php 10,000 stipend.
Cordillera Administrative Region
- National Tobacco Administration Free Education Program
The NTA Free Education Program is open to poor but deserving children of tobacco farmers. The scholarship provides students the privilege to study in state universities and colleges, as well as public or private technical-vocational schools. NTA scholarship is available to major tobacco-growing provinces in Region 1 (Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan), Region 2 (Cagayan and Isabela) and Cordillera Autonomous Region (Abra).
- Provincial Educational Assistance Program – Oriental Mindoro
The Provincial Educational Assistance program offers financial aids to local students of Oriental Mindoro in MIMAROPA. The scholarship grant is open to students who want to pursue careers in Agriculture, Engineering, Agroforestry, Fisheries, Horticulture, Environmental Science, and Entrepreneurship major in Farm Business. Accepted students will receive Php 13,000 tuition fee per semester, Php 2,000 monthly allowance, and Php 1,000 book allowance per semester.
- Malampaya Sustainable Development Scholarship Program (MSDSP) – Palawan
MSDSP was established by the Malampaya Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Western Philippine University and Palawan State University. It has full undergraduate and postgraduate university scholarships in the areas of engineering, energy development, environment management and marine sciences. Bonafide residents of Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, and Batangas may apply for MSDSP.
- Organic Agriculture Scholarship program
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) ties up with AGREA Farm school in the province of Marinduque to help students attain technical-vocational training in agriculture. The program provides Organic Agriculture Production National Certificate (OAP NCII) scholarships. The program also aims to improve the economic status of the residents of Marinduque especially the families of farmers and fishermen through lessons on the latest farming/fishing technologies and other entrepreneurial activities.
- Kabugwason Paglaum Scholarship Program – South Cotabato
The Kabugwason Paglaum Scholarship Program provides scholarship for bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degrees in law and medicine, and senior high school graduates. Indigent residents of South Cotabato, persons with disability who excel academically, and awardees of national competitions representing Mindanao are welcome in this program. Accepted students will be awarded with Php 15,000 tuition fee per semester, Php 3,500 monthly stipend, and book allowance for postgraduate students.
- Iskolar ng Lungsod ng Tacurong – Sultan Kudarat
The Iskolar ng Lungsod ng Tacurong is a scholarship program established by the local government of Sultan Kudarat to help local students obtain tertiary education. An amount of Php 5,000 will be provided to students for tuition fee every semester. ILT will also be supported by the LGU until they graduate from any vocational or tertiary courses. ILT program is open to members of indigent families having 80% and above school grades with no failing remarks.
- Provincial Government of Agusan Del Sur Scholarship Program
The province of Agusan Del Sur provides various scholarships for local students. The benefits range from free entrance and tuition fees, miscellaneous fees, uniform allowance and monthly stipends. To become a beneficiary, students must pass all the required grades and other criteria.
- Captain Isagani D.R. Bautista Scholarship Program – Surigao
The Captain Isagani D.R. Bautista Scholarship Program provides indigent students of Surigao region access to tertiary education at the Surigao Education Center. The scholarship is open to all incoming college students with grades of at least 85% and not lower than 80%, and whose parents have an annual gross income of not more than Php 150,000. Beneficiaries can also receive full tuition fee, 50% discount or 25% discount.
For more scholarship opportunities, visit https://www.edukasyon.ph/scholarships to search for and apply now.