Scholarship Programs

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Know the wide range of scholarship programs available in the country and the institutions that support them - DECS or CHED, colleges or universities, foundations or organizations, embassies, companies and philanthropists.

Scholarship Programs

Scholarship programs in the Philippines come in many forms. The most popular among college students is the Entrance Scholarship, wherein successful applicants are fully or partially exempted from paying tuition fees for a semester or a year.

Most private schools implement an Entrance Scholarship program, although the level of scholarship (full, partial) and the period of implementation (semestral, annual) vary from one school to another. For example, a high school valedictorian of a class composed of 50 or more graduates is entitled to a one-year free tuition while the salutatorian of the same class can avail of a 50 percent discount on tuition fees.

A number of schools in Metro Manila are giving special examinations, on top of their entrance test, for students who want to become scholars. Successful examinees will be entitled to full or partial scholarships, depending on the agreement which the school and the examinees willingly signed.

Entrance scholarship ends after one year or one semester of staying in the school, but students can still avail of other forms of scholarship such as the Academic Scholarship. This grant is extended to students who, after one (1) year of academic work in the college, ranked among the top students of the entire first year class or to those who have achieved a general average of not lower than 90 percent. Of course, this varies from one school to another.

Another form of scholarship is the Grant-in-aid Scholarship. This scholarship is made available to students who belong to a low-income family but show satisfactory performance in academic subjects. These students are given work assignments in the different offices of the school. They avail tuition discounts from 50% to 100% which commensurate to the number of hours rendered for a week.

There is also the so-called Study Now, Pay Later scheme where students are allowed to finish their studies and get a job first before settling the cost of their education.

Students who excel in singing, dancing, and dramatics may apply for Cultural Scholarship who, after qualifying through an audition, can avail of tuition discount from 25% to 100%. Those who are part of the school's varsity team are entitled to Athletic Scholarship provided that they have shown and proven exemplary performance in sports competitions and have satisfactory academic grades. Athletes enjoy 25% to 100% discount on tuition fees (in some cases, including allowances and miscellaneous fees) depending on their qualifications.

Other forms of scholarships are Publication Scholarship which is granted to students who are members of the student publication staff; and Model Cadet Scholarship which is given to model cadets who are entitled to 75% to 100% tuition fee discount.

In many schools, students can avail of Company-Sponsored Scholarships which are offered by different companies as part of their community development projects. These are given to students who belong to the top of the class and who passed the qualifying examination and interview conducted by the company personnel. These scholars usually end up with a job at the company which supports their studies.

The Alumni Association usually grants scholarships to qualified students. The program is given to those who have passed a qualifying examination or a series of interviews conducted by alumni officers.

Students who have passed the entrance examination in State Colleges and Universities are referred to as Iskolar ng Bayan. Tuition fees in these institutions are either fully or partially subsidized by the government. On the average, these students pay only about 10 to 30 percent of the tuition fee paid by those who study in private colleges and universities. With the exception of UP, the 108 state colleges and universities in the country offer what can be considered relatively low tuition fees for all degree programs.

Other institutions that support scholarship programs are foundations and organizations, school associations, embassies and foreign institutions. We will be featuring these organizations in the coming days.

Links on Scholarships

ATENEO-GABAY Scholars' Organization - envisioned to help the scholars, who are a minority.

Ateneo de Zamboanga - More than 20% of the college students are covered by scholarships. Another 7% of the college students receive help as student assistants.

Ayala Foundation: Scholarship - supports the development of deserving students in fields of experience critical to the Ayala Group of Companies.

Congresman Celso L. Lobregat Scholarship - scholars for BS in Agriculture and Engineering.

CSWCD Scholarships - applicants must be a Filipino Citizen and must have planned his/her course of study in the CSWCD and aspire an undergraduate degree of BSSW/BSCD.

De La Salle University - Manila - University-funded grants are given by the University to assist deserving students who show strong academic capabilities.

The e-Health Village - Iskul - provides opportunities for educational and career advancement such as scholarship and grants.

Far Eastern University - Several full scholarships donated by alumni are open to qualified high school graduates through competitive examination.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program - extends scholarship financial assistance and privileges to both MS and PhD successful applicants in fisheries and aquatic sciences to be undertaken either in UPV, UP-MSI or CLSU-FAC.

Honorific Scholarships - is enjoyed by any undergraduate student who at the end of the semester obtains a weighted average of 1.45 or better.

Introduction to Foreign Scholarships - List of courses scholarship availments by the development sector.

IPGRI home - Scholarships for students of Master of Science in Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Management at the University of the Philippines, Los Baņos. - features a list of foundations and organizations that offer scholarship programs for Filipino students.

The Lasallian M.A.P. - Opportunities for the poor to avail of Lasallian education.

PCHRD: Grants - scholarships and assistance to theses and dissertations.

PCU Scholarship - Valedictorians and Salutatorians are given full and half tuition discounts respectively.

The Philippine Association of Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars (PHILAJAMES) - established to assist in the promotion of the ideals and objectives of the Japanese Government Ministry of Education and Culture (Mombusho) Scholarship programme.

Philippine Dance Research and Documentation - By the ephemeral nature of dance, this scholarship is still to be fully oriented to be understood.

Philippine Science High School (PSHS) - the only nationally funded high school which offers on a free scholarship basis a special curriculum in the natural sciences and mathematics to prepare its graduates for careers.

PUP - scholarships for freshmen.

Primer on Foreign Scholarship Training Program - For further information send queries to or write The National Economic and Development Authority Scholarship Affairs Secretariat, 2nd Flr, NEDA Building, Amber Drive Ortigas Complex, Pasig City; Telephone Nos. 631-2164; 631-2165 and 631-0945 to 68 local 116.

Regional Distribution of Nominees and Scholars - List of courses scholarship availments by development sector.

Scholarships - Xavier University - awarded to incoming freshmen who qualify through the scholarship exam and interview.

SSC - In keeping with the school's thrust for academic excellence, the College awards academic scholarships as well as financial assistance to its students.

St. Mary's Scholarship Fund - This was established to support the studies of poor but deserving students who have reached high school level.

UP P1 Billion Alumni Centennial Fund Campaign - Ninety years of scholarship and service to the nation.

UST - There is a great variety of scholarships available at the University.