BACOLOD CITY, March 10 (PNA) — Determined to proceed to college, 72 graduating high school students who belonged to various ethnic (IP) groups in Negros Occidental will take the aptitude exam Sunday to become government’s scholars.
The aptitude exam administered by National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) will be held in Negros Oriental High School in Dumangute City for Negros Island.
NCIP-Negros Occidental Development Management Officer Hazel Torrefiel said that most of the applicants are coming from towns and component cities in sixth congressional district of the province.
Aside from passing the exam, Torrefiel said they are also required to pass the medical examination afterwards.
If qualified, Torrefiel said that scholars will receive P10,000 educational assistance per semester from NCIP under its Educational Assistance Program
If they opt to take the merit-based scholarship (MBS), scholars can get P30,000 per semester provided they have no failing grades, she said.
Torrefiel clarified that there should only be one grantee per IP family and qualified scholars should enrol in state universities and colleges.
Other testing center for NCIP’s scholarship aptitude exam will be in Iloilo City for Panay Island.
NCIP’s scholarship programs aim to invest in human capital though the grant of scholarships to poor yet competent IPs. It also helps empower the IPs to become self-reliant and be of help in nation-building. (PNA)