Mandaue OKs college scholarship program for poor but deserving students

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THE poor but deserving students in Mandaue who wish to go to college may now apply for the college scholarship grants being offered by the Mandaue City Government.

This, after Ordinance 16-2022-1732 authored by City Councilor and chairman of the Committee on Education Malcolm Sanchez was approved during the City Council session on August 8.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes also announced in his social media post on Friday, August 26, 2022, the approval of the ordinance that offers college scholarship assistance to the students who are financially incapable.

At least P1-million fund would be allocated yearly for the city's scholarship program.

In a letter sent by Sanchez on August 22 to Cortes, he said that with the ordinance's approval, the college scholarship grant and advisory board will now be accepting scholarship applicants.

The advisory board will formulate the guidelines for the screening of prospective applicants and monitor the grantees' performances.

The chairman of the board is Cortes, while Sanchez is the vice chairman.

The City Council chair of the Committee on Appropriation Budget and Finance, Mandaue City Schools Division superintendent, city administrator, legal officer, and budget officer will be its members.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be residents of the city for at least three years.

They must have completed secondary education in both public and private schools at least three years before application and have an average grade of not less than 85 percent but not below 80 percent from the first to third grading period.

Applicants must submit their requirements to the Office of the Mayor at the Mandaue City Hall.

Among the requirements needed are a duly accomplished information data sheet with 2x2 recent photo, an original copy of the report card, and an income tax return of not more than P250,000 filed a year prior to the scholarship application.

The applicants will then undergo an interview and will be evaluated based on their socio-economic status, physical and mental wellness, and grades.

Successful applicants can pursue any course not exceeding five years.

They will also be encouraged to participate in programs and activities sponsored by the City Government, provided that it shall not interfere with their studies.

However, the scholarship will be withdrawn if the grantee fails to maintain a 2.0 average grade at the end of first semester.

They are also not allowed to drop subjects and change their course.

The grantee who will be found violating the rules and regulations of the school they are enrolled in will be revoked from the scholarship. (HIC)