OWWA offers scholarships to OFW dependents

BAGUIO CITY, July 4 (PNA) -– The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Cordillera is now accepting applications for two programs – the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who is an active OWWA member; and the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) for a child of an OFW or former and returning OFW.

College-bound children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and worker-returnees may be eligible for a P60,000 annual educational financial assistance per school year, if qualified.

In an interview today, July 4, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he received letter from the OWWA informing him of this development.

Domogan is optimistic about this and is hoping that the OFW will carry a lesser burden with the OWWA programs.

In the letter, the EDSP student applicant should show proof of relationship to the OWWA member, as with two copies of 2 x 2 ID picture and that he belongs to the upper 20 percent of the graduating class.

For the CMWSP, the applicant should be a child of an OFW or former OFW; or a returning or former OFW.

The applicant’s family’s gross income should not be more than the equivalent of US $ 6,780.00, and with an Overseas Employment Certificate record.

For both programs, student-applicants should not be more than 21 years old, a graduating or graduate of high school, but has never enrolled in college or associate courses.

The applicants should be a Filipino citizen with good health and of moral character, not a recipient of any scholarship award from any government or private institution.

Certification should also be presented that they are not of dual citizenship, and without pending application for resident immigration status from any country.

The CMWSP OFW applicant should not be more than 45 years old, has not earned more than two years of post secondary or undergraduate course and without any failing grade in any academic subject.

Applicants for the CMWSP should enroll in baccalaureate courses from the priority fields identified by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The qualifying examinations shall be conducted nationwide by the DOST on Sept. 21, 2014. (PNA)