The biggest batch of grantees faced their future brimming with hope as 150 incoming college students signed official contract last Friday, April 5, as part of the Dr. Pio Valenzuela Scholarship Program.
In the history of the scholarship program which has been running for 18 years now, this batch holds the biggest record of grantees. Dr. Pio Valenzuela Scholarship Program Advisory Committee Chairman and Pamantasan ng Lungsod Valenzuela (PLV) President, Dr. Nedeña Torralba expressed her gratitude to the City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian because “originally, we only intended to have seventy grantees this year, but he learned that almost double the number have passed, so he told us to increase it to 150 because all of them are worthy for the opportunity.”
The Scholarship is made possible through the enactment of Municipal Ordinance No. 12, Series of 1995, as amended by City Ordinance No. 37, Series of 2009, entitles deserving students who are Valenzuela City residents to have an educational assistance of PhP 30,000 annually or PhP 15,000 per semester for tuition and other school fees.
Contrary to popular belief, DPVSP is not only entitled to PLV incoming freshmen but to all high school graduates enrolling at other colleges and universities, as long as they meet the criteria: They have to be residents of the city for the past four years as verified by the barangay and school records, a graduate of a Valenzuela City public or private high school with a general weighted average grade of at least 85%, and whose family’s total annual gross income does not exceed PhP 120,000 as attested by the Income Tax Return (ITR).
The grant is known for strict evaluation procedures. Qualifying examinations are given and a thorough background check is conducted to applicants to asses qualifications. “It is an unbiased, independent and rigorous scholarship grant. We always make sure to safeguard it so that we could have scholars who really earn this well,” Dr. Torralba stated.
For this, Mayor WIN, likewise, expressed contentment with the outcome of the scholarship which has produced graduates with flying colors. “It is only given to those who deserve it the most. Because the main purpose why this was established will all be lost once it boiled down to the palakasan system.”
This was also attested by Rossette Caballero, a new grantee as part of batch 18 who graduated from Malinta National High School as Valedictorian and will be an incoming Accountancy Student. “It is really hard to become part of this. The whole application process is difficult, but I am glad that despite of, we know that all of us here are worthy of this opportunity. I hope that the scholarship can help more students like us.”
Now that grantees are granted with the prestige of being a Pio Valenzuela Scholar, their task now is to maintain a grade of not lower than 2.25 and a weighted general average of not lower than 2.00 per semester to remain part of the elite group. “This scholarship will have a tight monitoring on a student’s performance. But it’s not just all about good grades. Make sure to instill good morals as well,” Mayor WIN said.
The chief executive encouraged the parents to be the grantees’ strongest support system. Always uphold their values. Because good education is not measured on what is written down on their Transcript of Records once they graduated. Good education is measured once a person acts as one righteous man, a demonstration of what he has learned.”
This has been testified by Batch 12 grantee Engineer Eugene Lotivio, a graduate of PLV. “It is really hard to maintain this [scholarship]. There are lots of odds along the way. But bear in mind that we have to persevere so that once we get what we sought for, we can be proud to claim our hard-earned diploma,” he concluded.