The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has announced that 400 scholars have qualified for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for this year.
The EDSP is OWWA’s educational assistance program for the dependents of qualified overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). For the school year 2020-2021, a total of 4,006 examinees from the Philippines and Saudi Arabia took the qualifying exam conducted by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute last October.
The OWWA said 53 scholars came from the National Capital Region which had the most number of qualifiers this year.
Other scholars came from the provinces of Cebu, Iloilo, Cavite, Batangas, Benguet, Pampanga, Lanao del Norte, Laguna, Bohol, Leyte, Pangasinan, and Misamis Oriental. In Saudi Arabia, a number of OFW dependents from Al Khobar and Riyadh also qualified for the scholarship program.
Under the EDSP, the qualified dependents of member-OFWs are given an allowance of P60,000 per school year and can take any four or five-year course in college. The scholars will also be given training and other learning enhancement activities.
The OWWA also welcomed the five new scholars under the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) for OFWs or their dependents.
Like the EDSP, scholars of the CMWSP also enjoy a benefit of P60,000 allowance per school year but may only take science and technology courses.
The scholars are from the provinces of La Union, Benguet, and Cagayan.
The list of this year’s EDSP and CMWSP scholars was published in the OWWA website and Facebook page.