Gov't gives college scholarships for in-demand jobs
MANILA – College students who have good grades but no money have a good chance of getting scholarships for courses prioritized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
CHED, together with the Department of Labor (DOLE), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and different associations of colleges and universities, came up with a list of courses and jobs that will be in demand from now until 2018.
“We advise the students to, if possible, look into other courses na priority so that sila ay mag-qualify,” said Dr. Isabel Inlayo, director of CHED’s Office of Student Services and Development.
On top of the list are engineering, agriculture, sciences, and math courses.
Also included are information technology, health sciences, education, business administration, architecture, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and maritime, and communications courses.
“Every 5 years, iu-update ‘yung listahan natin ng priority courses,” said Inlayo.
There are also courses that are prioritized only in specific areas.
For example, courses in aviation, criminology and physical therapy are prioritized only in Metro Manila.
Government said it is important that the courses taken up by students match the job vacancies available in different industries.
Aside from academic performance, the student must also show proof that his or her family's annual income does not exceed P300,000 to qualify for the scholarship, which could be anywhere between P6,000 and P30,000 per year.
Interested students must submit to CHED or to the state college or university of choice a copy of their grades, certificate of indigency from their barangay or the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and a certificate of good moral character.
For inquiries, they can get in touch with CHED through the agency's hotline at +6324410927, email ([email protected]) or website (http://www.ched.gov.ph/).