LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The qualifying examination for the Provincial Scholarship Program (PSP) has been scheduled on Saturday, May 12, from8AM to 12NN.
Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco, PSP Management, Evaluation, and Excellence committee chairperson, said top 100 examinees will become PSP grantees of the provincial government, who will each receive Php8,000 every semester, or Php16,000 financial assistance for the academic year.
About 2,486 incoming first year college students will simultaneously take the exam in two testing centers: Pangasinan National High School in Lingayen (for districts 1-3); and Juan G. Macaraeg National High School in Binalonan (for districts 4-6).
Francisco said the number of PSP applicants have increased by 174 percent for Pangasinan I, covering districts 1-3; and 149 percent for Pangasinan II, covering districts 4-6.
Also taking the examination are scholarship applicants from component cities of the province – Alaminos, San Carlos and Urdaneta. Residents of Dagupan, a chartered city, are excluded from PSP entitlement.
Intended to support the college education of poor but deserving graduating high school students, the offering of PSP was cut for two years due to the inception of the “senior high school” as part of the basic education curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd).
This year, the provincial government through the Governor’s Office re-opens the offering of the said program.
For the academic year 2018-2019, additional 30 slots are allotted for automatic qualifiers – who are valedictorians or its equivalent of senior high schools that are recognized by the DepEd.
Automatic qualifiers, however, need to personally apply, and meet the family income requirement to scholarship entitlement, which reiterates that the qualifier must belong to a family with an annual combined income of parents/guardians of not more than Php150,000.
Senior high school graduates with a general weighted average of 85% or its equivalent are qualified to apply for the qualifying examination.
High school graduates of academic year 2015-2016 are also qualified to apply provided that they are enrolled in the college/university bridging program.
For inquiries, you may contact the Office of the Governor – Administrative Services Division at CP 0917-116-3890.