More low-income government workers are given the chance to have their children finish college education through a scholarship grant.

Branch head Glorietta Dublas of the Government Service Insurance System in Capiz said they are now looking for three scholarship grantees for the GSIS enhanced College Scholarship Program.

Dublas said the program is part of the agency’s 75th anniversary celebration this year that is aimed to ensure GSIS low-income members would be given the opportunity to send their children to college.

She pointed that unlike the previous selection process of the winner done through an electronic raffle, the selection of scholars is now done by accepting the scholarship nominees from members who are holding a salary grade of 24 or below or its equivalent.

“The nominee of parents with the lowest salary grades will be given priority in the scholarship grant,” Dublas said, adding that the nominee must be a child of the member and an incoming freshman who is accepted in the GSIS-identified schools.

According to her, Western Visayas is given 14 scholarship slots, three of which is intended for the province of Capiz.

Dublas revealed that since 1998, the agency was able to award 1,371 scholarship grants, of which 404 active scholars are currently enrolled in various colleges and universities nationwide as of April this year.

Since 2009 until 2011, GSIS has awarded four scholarship slots to Capiceño children, she said.

Dublas added that for members to qualify to apply for the program, she or he must have completed the payment of premiums contribution in the last six months and he or she must belong to the aforesaid salary grade requirement.

“Under the scholarship grant, the program scholar will be entitled to the actual cost of tuition and miscellaneous fees not exceeding P20,000 and a monthly stipend of P2,000,” Dublas said, pointing out that the scholar may also opt to take a four or five-year course , however must meet the scholastic requirements set by the school.

She stressed that application forms are now available in their office while the deadline for submission of application and other requirements is set on June 30.

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