Fifty-nine incoming scholars of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) trooped to OWWA’s Multi-Purpose Hall in Pasay City last April 15 for orientation for school year 2011-2012.
The EDSP Batch VIII scholars, all dependents of OFWs with active OWWA membership, came in with guardians for briefing on the EDSP policies and privileges. Under the program, a scholar is provided a maximum of P60,000 per school year and is entitled to take any four-to-five year baccalaureate course in any university provided he passed the admission test of the school. Like any scholarship program, he needs to maintain a grade point average of 80% per semester, a lenient rate as described by the EDSP Scholarship Committee compared to the 85% set by other scholarship program entities.
Similarly, scholars were advised on the various offenses and the corresponding sanctions which may result to their termination in the EDSP program if committed unjustifiably. More importantly, they are required to report their academic activities to OWWA on a monthly basis.
For SY 2011-2012, the top 100 rankers qualified in the EDSP out of 3,338 applicants. Administered in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology, the national qualifying exam was held last November 10, 2010 in the country and in DECS-accredited schools in Saudi Arabia. Most of the qualifiers come from NCR.
Among the well-wishers who rendered inspirational and challenge-filled messages were OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon, Deputy Administrator Joselito Torres, Regional Welfare Office-NCR head Ma. Teresa Capa and Zyreen Adrianne Maranan, OWWA scholar who recently graduated magna cum laude in Adamson University with degree in BS Information Technology.
Pleased that most of the scholars present will be taking Science & Technology courses, Administrator Dimzon dared them to aim high and strive harder so they can all graduate with honors and become part of the country’s quality workforce. Under the EDSP contract agreement, the graduate scholar should serve the country, or get employed within the country for a minimum period equivalent to the time the scholarship was enjoyed.
The EDSP has been aiding 300 scholars in the NCR since its launch in 2004. Of the 28 who have graduated this year, one is magna cum laude, five (5) cum laude and one (1) gold medalist.