By lovely a. carillo
The city government has allotted P72 million this year for its scholarship program under the Educational Benefits System Unit (EBSU) of the City Mayor’s Office which includes scholarships for college, law and medical school.
“The city has allocated P15 million for law school and medical school scholarships,” City Mayor’s Office Chief-of-Staff Raul Nadela, Jr. who is a lawyer said on Thursday’s iSpeak Forum at City Hall.
The city government has also allotted P57 Million for the college scholarships under the Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program (STEP).
Nadela said the city has made available 40 slots for law school scholars and 40 slots for medical school scholars. Law school scholars have a choice of various law schools in the city including Ateneo de Davao University, University of Mindanao, and Jose Maria College.
Aside from possessing good grades in their undergraduate courses, the aspiring scholars should also meet the other requirements. The applicant will have to be certified as indigent by the City Social Services and Development Office to qualify for the scholarship.
Nadela said all scholars who have gained acceptance in any of the said law schools will be entitled to free tuition in full and will receive P8,000 as book allowance.
He said a total of 541 students have been granted scholarships in college, with 147 new scholars this year. The number of scholars this year has decreased because of the implementation of the K-12 program.
The college scholars will only receive a subsidy and not the full tuition. The rate of subsidy can vary fromP25,000, P7,500, P20,000 or P5,000 depending on their qualification.
This will be the first time for the city to offer scholarships in law school and medical school as these were previously offered only to Indigenous Peoples. The new scholarship was made possible with the signing by Mayor Sara Duterte of Executive Order (EO) 11.