MANILA, Philippines – A new scholarship program that aims to support the country’s future scientists and engineers is set to be launched on Thursday, May 17.
The program, entitled, “SuperFund Scholarships for Science and Engineering,” intends to raise P5 billion in 5 years to enable the best and brightest Filipino youth to pursue studies and careers in science and engineering.
It aspires to develop young minds that can become catalysts for future innovations and investments in technology and ultimately catapult the Philippines to the ranks of developed countries.
The funds will cover all the fees of its scholars for the duration of his/her undergraduate/Master’s/PhD education. The partner companies will also cover mentorship and summer internship programs to further enhance the skills and capacities of the scholar.
To be eligible for the scholarships, one must:
- be in the top 5 % of the high school graduating class
- have been admitted to a SuperFund partner university. For school year 2012, the partner universities are: Ateneo De Manila; Central Luzon State; De La Salle; Mapua; Mindanao State University – Iligan; the University of the Philippines (Diliman and Los Baños); and the University of San Carlos
- pursue a science or engineering degree
- be a Filipino citizen, without pending immigration application to any foreign country
- be of good mental, physical, and emotional health
- have a good moral character
Incoming second year students with a GPA equivalent to B, and without any failing grades in any course may also be considered.
Applications, along with the required documents should be submitted to the scholarship offices of the universities where the applicants have been admitted. More details on the SuperFund scholarships page, or email Gi Domingo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is behind this scholarship?
The program is spearheaded by the Philippine Development Foundation in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Engineering Research and Development Technology (ERDT), the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), and various private companies.
Among the first donors is Pilipinas Shell which is pledging P100 million for the SuperFund.
The government is expected to continue to support scholars through its Engineering Research and Development for Technology program, which currently has 8 of the country’s leading educational institutions such as UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle, and Mapua Institute of Technology as part of its consortium.
The program launch is on May 17, 2012, 10:00 am, at The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City. – Rappler.com