By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
A NEW scholarship program was launched recently and is now benefiting five students from poor families in Jose Panganiban.
These scholars, who make up the first batch under the program, are now enrolled as first year students at the Jose Panganiban National High School for the school year 2012-13, MWBuzz has learned.
They are expected to complete the six-year secondary level course and earn a diploma.
Under the new education program called “K to 12”, the secondary level now comprises four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school.
The initiative, which is being carried out by the Batch ‘73 of the JPNHS graduates, targets deserving students from poor families in the community.
The alumni group has shouldered each scholar’s tuition, miscellaneous fees, school uniform, daily allowance for transportation, snacks and school project expenses.
For the current school year, Batch ’73 would be spending at least P40,000for the five scholars, or an average of P8,000 each over a 10-month period. On a monthly basis, each of them would be getting a stipend of P800.
To continue receiving the scholarship until they finished the four-year course and obtain their diploma, the students must maintain an academic average of 85.
An average grade below this would mean losing the educational support.
A monitoring committee will evaluate the scholars’ performance every after grading period.
Batch 73 told MWBuzz it recognizes that economically disadvantaged but motivated young people have fewer chances to finish high school under these circumstances.
“Unless this limitation is met, the prospect of earning education credentials would not be secured.
“To ensure that these financially advantaged but persevering students would get the same educational opportunities, this scholarship program was conceived.”
To qualify for the scholarship, the student must come from a financially-disadvantaged family; must have an average of 85 and above; and with the likelihood of completing his high school education.
The scholarship committee is headed by Dr Emmanuel Dagala as chairman, with members Merlyn M Avena as treasurer-national chapter and Henrietta Rinon, over-all coordinator.
Funds supporting the program come from batch members and donors.