Application underway for student financial aid program

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BONTOC, Mountain Province  – The Office of the Governor is now accepting applications and requirements of applicants for the Mountain Province Student Financial Assistance Program (MPSFAP).

This program of the provincial government caters to poor but deserving high school graduates or college students from Mountain Province who are willing to finish their studies.

The basis of selection of grantees depend on the employment of their parents and the number of children in their family while it is a plus factor if they are working students. Also, applicants who are orphans are given priority.

According to Officer in Charge  for MPSFAP Alexandre C. Claver, new applicants must submit to the Executive Assistant Section, 2nd floor of the Provincial Capitol Building the following requirements: letter of interest to be included as a grantee of the program addressed to the governor, filled-up MPSFAP application form with one copy of 2×2 ID picture, two photo copies of high school card or certification of latest grade, two copies of certification of enrolment and Certificate of Endorsement signed by the governor.

Former grantees of the program need to submit two copies of certification of latest grades and Certificate of Enrolment.

Submission of complete requirements for renewal and new applicants studying in Mountain Province will be in June – July, 2015.  For those studying outside Mountain Province, it will be in June- September 2015.

Each grantee is given P3, 000 allowance per semester to augment their financial needs in school.

For the 2nd semester of school year 2014-2015, the program catered to 412 first to fifth year college students.

Out of the total,   195 are studying at the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) – Bontoc Campus or at Xijen College of Mountain Province, 43 at MPSPC- Tadian Campus, 105 are studying in schools in Baguio City and Benguet and 43 students from the eastern part of the province are studying either in the provinces of Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya or in Isabela.

The program is also benefiting 15 students from the province who are enrolled under the scholarship program for health workers of the University of the Philippines School of Health Sciences (UP-SHS) in Baler, Aurora Province and five in UP –SHS, Palo, Leyte.

Governor Leonard G. Mayaen believed that thru this program, the provincial government could be of help and lessen the financial burden of the students and their parents.  “I believe the right of children to education. Thus, every year, the provincial government allots budget for its education program. The P3, 000 allowance given to each grantee may be a small amount, but we are happy that we could help even in little ways”, the governor said.

By Alpine L. Killa

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