By April Montes, PIA 1, Pangasinan
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, June 11 (PIA) — At least 100 incoming college freshmen received their scholarship assistance worth P8,000 from the provincial government on Friday at the Sison Auditorium in this town.
Of the 100 scholars, 50 were automatic qualifiers for the province’s scholarship program having graduated as high school valedictorians and salutatorians for school year 2012-2013 while the rest made it in the top 50 during the qualifying examination administered by the province last month.
Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr., currently the acting governor, led the distribution of checks and congratulated the new batch of scholars for a job well done.
He commended their parents and guardians for molding responsible youths who will be future leaders.
Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan urged the scholars to study hard and dedicate their achievements to their parents who have been working hard to provide the family’s needs.
“It is only proper to return to your parents all the sacrifices and hardships to provide a brighter future for you,” he said.
The scholarship program forms part of the sustained efforts of Gov. Amado Espino Jr.’s administration to help financially-challenged but intellectual and deserving Pangasinense youth to acquire college education.
Scholars have the option to choose the school they want to enter. They have to maintain satisfactory grades to be entitled to scholarship.
The scholars, led by this year’s qualifying examination topnotcher Ferren Velasco, thanked the provincial government for the program which she dubbed as the “best government program for the poor but deserving students.”
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa kabutihan ng ating mga lider dahil binigyang-pansin nila ang kapakanan ng mga kabataan. Malaking tulong sa aming mahihirap ang programang ito,” (We are thanking our good leaders for prioritizing the welfare of the youth. This program is a big help for the poor like us), said Velasco.
Each scholar will receive P8, 000 per semester or P16, 000 for one academic year. (with reports from the Provincial Information Office)