32 ODSP scholars from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) graduated with a bachelor’s degree this school year 2019-2020
A total of Thirty-Two (32) OFW dependent scholars from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) graduated with a bachelor’s degree this school year 2019-2020. Abra and Baguio have eight (8) graduates each, six (6) from Kalinga, five (5) for Benguet and three (3) and two (2) respectively for Ifugao and Apayao.
Batch 2019 graduate Shaira N. Ebreo was accorded with honors as Cum Laude for passing Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Pre-school Education at Saint Louis University in Baguio City. She is the daughter of OFW Raquel N. Ebreo who was employed as a domestic worker in Bahrain for thirteen (13) years. She is the 3rd among six (6) siblings. In her testimony during the recognition of OWWA scholars held last August 2019, she declared, “as a scholar, I became a more responsible person and serious in my studies “.
The scholar-graduates were all beneficiaries under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP). The program is an educational financial assistance worth Php 20,000.00 per year to qualified dependents of active OWWA members receiving a monthly salary of USD 600.00 or below. The applicant should either be an incoming freshman or college student enrolled in any 4 or 5-year baccalaureate course or associate course in any CHED accredited college or university. Further, the scholar is entitled to health and accident insurance coverage of Php 300,000.00 while maintaining the scholarship.
Applicants must be a child of an active OWWA member or sibling of an unmarried OWWA member, and not more than 21 years old for incoming freshmen, and not more than 30 years old for those who are already enrolled or have been enrolled in college. They must pass the entrance examination conducted by a college or university preferably a state school and are not recipients of other scholarships.
Currently, there are 318 maintained scholars in the region and every school year, with around 155 new ODSP scholars are chosen from the six (6) provinces and the City of Baguio.