The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) MIMAROPA is now accepting applicants for scholarships for school year 2020-2021 under its Fisheries Scholarship Program (FSP) Unit.
Elizer Salilig, BFAR MIMAROPA regional director, said Wednesday the scholarship grant is funded by the BFAR-FSP Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant and BFAR-FSP Fishery Industry Leader Grant of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
He said the program has three slots per region for students in the Top 10 of graduating grade 12 students.
The applicants will take a qualifying examination to avail the scholarship grant.
For the BFAR-FSP Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant, there will be 20 slots for qualified children of fishermen who will pass the examination to be given by BFAR.
The scholarship grant will only be given to qualified applicants who will take the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries course from accredited universities of BFAR.
The scholarships will include free tuition, miscellaneous and other school fees.
Scholars will also have monthly stipend of P4,000, a P2,000 book allowance per semester and P7,000 for research, thesis, special problem support, P1,500 as graduation support and on-the-job training (OJT) and practicum support of P3,000.
Salilig said that scholars are priorities in hiring for the vacant positions in BFAR.
“Sa buong Pilipinas, sila (fisherfolk) ang poorest of the poor. Dati walang slot talaga yan, hanggang tatlo lang so 2015 nag-start na kami magtanggap ng mga anak ng mga mangingisda,” he added.
He said that scholars under Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant may enroll in 55 accredited schools of BFAR offering BS Fisheries.
While those under the BFAR-FSP Fishery Industry Leader Grant scholars can enroll in seven BFAR-accredited schools in the country.
Applicants can submit their accomplished forms on October 5 while the examination is set on December 07.
Application forms are availble and can be downloaded on the agency’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bfar.mimaropa.4b.