Lingayen – One hundred more academic scholars of the provincial government for the academic year 2014-2015 have been chosen after getting through a comprehensive examination facilitated by the Provincial Scholarship Fund Board (PSFB) on May 12 in Pangasinan National High School (PNHS) in Lingayen and Juan Macaraeg National High School in Binalonan.
The result was released on May 26, Monday.
The 100 new academic scholars of the province are given the choice to choose any four-year or five-year degree course (except for BS Nursing due to the congestion of nursing graduates who remain unemployed).
The scholarship program of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. is a youth development priority thrust.
Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco, PSFB Head, said valedictorians of nine (9) secondary schools in the province who applied for the scholarship were automatically qualified, based on a set criteria and guidelines, and whose annual family income is not more than Php130, 000.
Scholars will receive Php8,000 financial assistance per semester; but should maintain 85 as general average. For engineering, architecture and accountancy courses a general average of 82 is required, and should maintain 80 as ceiling grade for all subjects. Failure or negligence of complying with these requirements means disqualification from the academic scholarship.
Failure to submit the grades after the semester ends; becoming a school dropout are also grounds for disqualification.
Automatic qualifiers were exempted from taking the scholarship examination. They are: Allan Chester Acosta – SEPNAS, San Carlos City; MC Kristian Balbalosa – Calasiao Comprehensive NHS; Precious Ade Cabolos – Mangaldan NHS; Virginia Castro – Polong NHS, Bugallon; Gerald de Guzman – Alternative Learning System of DepEd, San Carlos City; Ella delos Santos – Bautista NHS; Merwin Nonan – Umingan Central NHS; Arlo Vincent Ranque – Malasiqui Agno Valley College; Mahrionne Luis Revilla – San Jacinto NHS.
Pauline Joy Roa, a graduate of the Urdaneta City National High School, topped the exam from among the 749 examinees.
Rounding up the top ten are: Carmelo Vidal – St. Columban’s College, Lingayen; Genio Brylle Viernes – Cipriano Primicias NHS, Alcala; Jolina Perez – Daniel Maramba NHS, Sta. Barbara; Mary Genne Aquino – PNHS; Mary Margareth dela Cruz – PNHS; Paul Javillonar – San Jacinto NHS; Bryan Bulatao – Bautista NHS; Joe Nathaniel Arrieta – PNHS; and Joanne Doctor – Pilar NHS, Bolinao.