OWWA-Bicol opens application for scholarship program
By Connie Calipay
LEGAZPI CITY --- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Bicol (OWWA-5) is urging qualified dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to avail of their scholarship program.
Maria Via Dometita, OWWA Bicol communication officer, in an interview, said they are now accepting applications for the Education For Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for the school year 2023-2024.
“We are now accepting applications for the EDSP. This is a scholarship program for incoming college students. Wala po tayong limit or slots specifically for Bicol. Pwede po mag-apply ang kahit ilan na aplikante from Bicol. Kailangan lang po nila maipasa and exam at makapasok sa top 400 sa buong Pilipinas. (We don’t have a limit or slots specifically for Bicol. Any number of applicants from Bicol may apply. They just need to pass the examination and be included among the top 400 passers in the country) to be qualified as a scholar,” Dometita said.
She said the EDSP is a program of OWWA that offers financial assistance for PHP60,000 per school year to qualified dependents of active OWWA-member overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“Applicants who are incoming college freshmen will undergo qualifying examination as administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST),” she said.
Dometita said a child of a single OFW or siblings of a married but with no child active OWWA-member OFW with no failing grades and with a general weighted average not lower than 80 percent equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during last year’s attendance in full load can apply as EDSP scholars.
“As an initial requirement for application, they must have proof of grades. For those interested, they may visit and click https://scholarship.owwa.gov.ph. For questions and clarifications, do not hesitate to contact us at 09054867306,” she said.
The application period is from Jan. 9-31, this year. (PNA)