COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has provided scholarships to top high school graduates in the region starting this month of June 2015 as part of the regional government’s educational assistance to deserving youths.
ARMM Deputy Executive Secretary John Louie Balagot said all valedictorian high school graduates from public and private schools in the region are among the recipients who have availed the ARMM’s Academic Investment for Muslim Mindanao (AIMM) scholarship.
More than 400 top graduates have so far benefited from the scholarship program this coming academic year.
“Ang gusto ng ating Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman ay mabigyan ng direct assistance ang ating mga deserving na kababayan to ensure their college schooling (Governor Mujiv S. Hataman wants direct assistance extended to deserving students to ensure their college education),” Balagot said.
Norombai Utto, 17, class valedictorian of Hadji Salik Kalaing National High School was in the first batch of recipients of AIMM scholarship. Utto, who lives with her aunt due to financial constraints, will receive P10,000 every semester for four years in college.
Planning to take Bachelor of Science in Education at the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Maguindanao, Utto expressed gratitude for the scholarship granted by the ARMM government.
“Malaking tulong po talaga sa aming pamilya ang scholarship na binigay ni Governor Hataman (The scholarship made possible by Governor Hataman is of great help to us),” she said.
Utto added she will strive more as a scholar in response to the regional government’s support for her college education.
Meanwhile, ISKOLAR—the flagship scholarship program of the regional government that started in 2012 continues to provide educational assistance to 593 beneficiaries.
Full-merit undergraduate scholars numbering 234, and half-merit scholars, now at 302, receive P10,000 and P5,000 respectively every semester to defray their expenses. Assistance amounting to P10,000 is also given to 57 graduate degree program beneficiaries.