Forum to inspire college scholars held in La Union

BACNOTAN, La Union, April 4 (PIA) - - To inspire the college scholars to excel further in their studies, a forum was held recently at the Ortega Memorial Center of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) campus here.

A total of 1,694 scholars from all the campuses of DMMMSU participated in the orientation forum. Each scholar, a grantee of the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, is receiving P20,000.00 stipend per semester.

During the forum, Alexis Moira Q. Dolores, Region 1 coordinator of the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST), discussed the guidelines of the TES program.

Dolores informed that applying for the TES program involves four processes: first, the state university should apply; second, the state university or school that applied for the scholarship should transfer the lists of applicants to the CHED; third, the CHED will evaluate the applicants if they meet the requirement; and fourth, the CHED will inform the applicants about the official lists of the grantees which should be listed in the Listahanan.

“You need to be selfish and focus on yourself; be greedy of good grades and be rude enough to say no to temptation. You don’t have to be the best; you don’t have to deliver the most; but the challenge is to pass all your subjects to earn a college degree,” she said.

She added that the ultimate aim of the TES program is to provide additional stipend or additional allowance to the students, who are from the poorest of the poor household.

Dr. Mark Anthony, manager of Globe Telecom and one of the four speakers in the forum, shared to grantees the four helpful tips to save money while studying.

“First, break down your income and expenses; second, spend less than what you have; third, you must have a financial goal; and four, make savings - a habit,” he said.

“Be grateful, have faith, believe, and pray,” he added.

Meanwhile, Maria Cristina B. Rapanut, guidance facilitator of South Ilocandia College of Arts and Technology, told the scholars that the key of effective studying is not cramming but studying smarter.

Scholarship testing coordinator, Rosalie N. Santi, said to the scholars that attitude changes everything.

“To become a champ you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will,” Santi said.

The TES is a program of President Duterte created under R.A. 10931, an act of promoting universal access to quality tertiary education by providing for free tuition and other school fees in state universities and colleges, local universities and colleges and state-run technical-vocational institutions, establishing the tertiary education subsidy and student loan program, strengthening the unified student financial assistance system for tertiary education. (JNPD/FGL/MFOR-OJT DMMMSU)


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