Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sirib scholarships application opens this summer season

By Mizpah Grace G. Castro

The provincial government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) began accepting application for it Sirib scholarship program.

The implementing office is the Ilocos Norte Youth Office (INYO).

The early opening of the application is for the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) to have a ready list of scholars in time for the opening of classes in August.

INYO, formerly known as the Sirib Youth Office (SYO), offers three different scholarships: the Sirib Academic, Sirib Young Leaders, and Sirib Community Leaders scholarships.

While the latter provides a fixed stipend every semester for beneficiaries; the former two require a higher maintaining grade average of 2.25 and provide a monthly stipend whilst covering tuition fee, transportation allowance, daily expenses, and board and lodging, if necessary.

Aside from maintaining a grade average, chosen scholars will be required to serve 50 hours of community service per semester in order to inculcate in them the spirit of bayanihan and involvement. Many become active members of the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA), a youth volunteer organization that assists PGIN in the delivering its services.

PGIN so far has shouldered over 3,000 college scholarships, aiming to empower the youth and human capital of Ilocos Norte.

For inquiries, feel free to contact 0948-290-0772 or head to INYO at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium, Laoag City.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos greets Sirib scholars at the stipend distribution for 1,103 Sirib scholars for 2015-2016 at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU)−Batac Campus. (Reu Dawner A. Flores)

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