Beng welcomes 92 new scholars PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:33

Mayor Beng Climaco welcomed yesterday the 92 new scholars of the city government for school year 2014-2015 pursuant to Ordinance 332 as amended by Ordinance 370, establishing the Zamboanga City Scholarship Program.

In her message during the orientation at the City Human Resource and Management Office, which is in charge of the scholarship program, Climaco reminded the scholars to study well even as she stressed that the scholarship grant is an opportunity for them to have a better state of life in the future.

“This is my first orientation with the city scholars and I am here to assure you to have a better state of life and be able to help us build back a better Zamboanga by studying well. “Necesita gyod ustedes estudya embuenamente,” she told the scholars.

The city’s scholarship program, now on its 5th year of implementation, jibed well with Climaco’s priority in education wherein competent and intelligent students are given the opportunity to finish their education and achieve a brighter future for their family and bring honor to the city.

Under the ordinance, the scholarship program is open to the top 25 students of the graduating class of all national/public high schools in Zamboanga City. Each scholar is entitled to P5,000 educational assistance every semester for any four- or five-year course from any public tertiary schools in the city.

The entire amount shall be deposited to the tertiary school enrolled, from which all school tuition and miscellaneous fees shall be deducted and any remaining balance shall be given to the scholar in cash for his/her other school needs.

The scholars, as a matter of policy, are required to maintain a minimum weighted grade average of 85% or its equivalent of 2.25, without any failing grade in any subject every semester. Otherwise, the scholarship shall be terminated.

The ordinance further provides that any scholar who does not finish the scholarship shall repay all money received except for reasons of physical or mental disability, death, transfer or other circumstances beyond his/her control.

So far, the city scholarship program has already produced its first batch of 44 graduates this year from the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and 1 from the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST).

Also present during the orientation were CHRMO Department Head Jane Bascar and staff together with Atty. Edward Fronda.— Vic Larato