• GSIS invites applicants for college scholarships

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    Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert Vergara on Wednesday the agency is offering 200 college scholarships for school year 2014-2015 and will accept applications until the end of the month.

    The GSIS will shoulder up to P20,000 of the actual cost of tuition and miscellaneous fees of each scholar per semester. The scholars will also get a monthly stipend of P2,000 each.

    Active and regular GSIS members who are permanent employees in the government with at least three years of service with salary grade of 24 or below or its equivalent job level may nominate their dependents who have been accepted in any four- or five-year course or in priority courses identified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

    Since 1998, the GSIS has granted a total of 1,887 scholarships. Previously, the mode of choosing scholars was through an electronic raffle. Since 2012, nominees of members who have the lowest annual basic salary have been given priority.

    “This year, we have enhanced our program by giving half of the slots to those who have been accepted under the CHED-identified priority courses which are actually needed by the labor market,” said Vergara.

    “Unemployment is a growing concern. We must establish a fit between the available jobs and that of the skills and knowledge acquired by our scholar-graduates,” he added.

    Four or five-year courses in agriculture, engineering, math and science, information technology, teacher education, health sciences, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, business administration, architecture, maritime and communication were listed by CHED as in-demand.

    The list of priority courses identified by the commission along with the list of accredited educational institutions and GSIS Scholarship Program application forms may be downloaded from the GSIS website at www.gsis.gov.ph.

    Application forms are also available at any GSIS branch office.

    Each qualified member must submit a duly accomplished form, a certificate of employment, and a school certificate that the prospective scholar has been accepted for academic year 2014-2015.

    Questions about the scholarship grant may be directed to the GSIS human resource administration department at 479-3600 local 3414 or 976-4970.

    PNA

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