Lingayen, Pangasinan --- Education is the most important thing in the life of a person because it makes everybody equal, according to Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. during the Independence Day celebration and awarding of scholarship grants to provincial scholars on June 12 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center Gym here.
Gov. Espino said the true meaning of independence to him is freedom from illiteracy, poverty, corruption, fear and bad attitudes even as he said that the scholarship grants will help the provincial scholars achieve independence from illiteracy and soon become the protectors of independence.
The provincial chief executive has awarded financial aids to the new scholars who are incoming first year college students. The 133 incoming freshmen are among the poor but deserving students who passed the qualifying examinations given by the Provincial Scholarship Fund Board (PSFB) last May 5.
Of the almost 700 aspirants, only 124 passed the exams while nine students were automatic qualifiers because they graduated as high school valedictorians. In case the valedictorian waives his or her rights or is not qualified for some reasons, the salutatorian will take the scholarship grant.
Each scholar will be given P7,000 as financial aid every semester provided that he/she maintains a full normal load without failing any subject.
Leny Rose Estrada, the top 1 qualifier during the examination was grateful of the privilege she has gained, saying that “it will somehow ease her family’s financial burden.”
Raiza Ymasa of San Fabian, a first year scholar said, “I’m happy to become one of the scholars of the province and very thankful to Gov. Espino because I am now assured of a college education and a good future.”
Under the leadership of Gov. Espino, the scholarship program of the provincial government has been dramatically expanded to 1,926 scholars as follows: the Provincial Scholarship Fund Board, 389 scholars from first year to fourth year levels; PSU Scholarship, 1,000; Joint Scholarship Program of the provincial government and the First Congressional District Office of Pangasinan, 500; Technical-Vocational Scholarship and Cultural Scholarship, 25; and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, 12. (PIO/Angeline Villanueva)