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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Scholarship From the Government For OFW Dependents

One of the goals of the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) why they are willing to sacrifice everything including leaving the comforts of their own home and decide to work abroad is to give their children the best education they could afford to equip their children for their future. The government, through Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is offering its OFW members a program where their immediate family members could get an scholarship. It is through the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) and Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).


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Applying for OWWA EDSP AND ODSP Scholarship?
WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN?

· Legal dependent of an active OWWA member-OFW

· Legal dependent refers to only 1 child of married or single or only 1 sibling of member-OFW


ARE GRADUATING SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ELIGIBLE?

· Graduating Senior High School is qualified to avail the ODSP

· Qualified legal dependent must be single; not more than 21 years old

· For incoming freshmen and not more than 30 years old for those who are enrolled or have been enrolled in college


WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

· Accomplished Application Form

· Two (2) 2” x 2” recent & Identical Photos

· Proof of OWWA Membership

· Proof of Relationship to OWWA-Member/OFW

— Birth Certificate (issued by PSA) of applicant, if child of OFW

— Birth Certificate (issued by PSA) of both applicant & OFW, if brother/sister of OFW

— Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) from PSA (if OFW is unmarried)

· Secondary School Record (Form 137) – for incoming freshmen

· Transcript of Records or Certificate of Grades – for those already enrolled in college (2nd – 5th year)

· Health Certificate from authorized government physician

· Certificate of Good Moral Character

· (for EDSP only) Certification that applicant obtained Gross Weighted Average (GWA) of 80% or higher and belongs to the upper 20% of the Senior High School Graduating Class – for incoming freshmen

· (For EDSP only) Parent’s Certification that the applicant has not taken post secondary or undergraduate/ college units and not a recipient of any scholarship grant / has not taken the EDSP Qualifying Examination

· (For EDSP only) Sworn Statement that applicant has no pending application for resident immigrant status from any country & does not dual citizenship

· (For ODSP only) Parent’s Certification that the applicant has not taken any post secondary or under graduate/college units, has not previously availed of OFWDSP and not a Recipient of any other scholarship grant.


DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION

· For EDSP (incoming freshmen) – starts every June of each school year. Deadline for submission of application is every 31 July of each year or as prescribed by the OWWA Planning and Program Development Division (PPDD) and Regional Operation Coordination Services (ROCS) based on the scheduled qualifying examination conducted by the DOST.

· For ODSP incoming freshmen – starts every March of each year. Deadline for submission of application is every last week of May of each year.

· For those already enrolled in college (2nd – 5th year) – starts every first week of August of each school year. Deadline for submission of application is every 15 September of each year (OWWA RWO-NCR schedule only)

Submission of the requirements for the next batch will start on August 1, 2019 for the National Capital Region (NCR).

Interested applicants may get application forms from their nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office, and they can also email their queries at ncr@owwa.gov.ph


OTHER AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS:

· Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) is a short-term scholarship grant on technical-vocational or specialized training (not exceeding one year duration) for overall economic gain to qualified active OWWA members and their dependents. It is in the form of training assistance to a maximum of Php14, 500.00 with OWWA assuming the training cost in vocational/technical courses accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other government institutions.

· Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP) – The Program intends to provide job-related training in upgrading the knowledge, skills and develop expertise among Filipino seafarers in accordance with technological advancements and global maritime standards. It is in the form of financial assistance to a maximum of Php7, 500.00 with OWWA assuming the training cost. The applicant may choose his/her preferred training course accredited by TESDA and MARINA.

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 Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship (CMWSP) is a scholarship program extended to deserving migrant workers and/or their immediate descendants who intend to pursue courses in the priority fields in Science and Technology.

· Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP-Educational Component) is designed primarily for survivors of deceased OFWs who were active OWWA members at the time of death. It is a special benefit package intended to cover continuous education of an eligible dependent, regardless of his/her present education level, until after completion of tertiary education or a technical/vocational course of his/her preference.

More information can be obtained thru OWWA’s website under scholarship and training assistance section.

Interested applicants may get application forms from their nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office, and they can also email their queries at ncr@owwa.gov.ph for details.
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