The Mount Apo Foundation, Inc. (MAFI) on September 11, 2008 started the information dissemination about its new Technical/Vocational Scholarship Project (TVSP) during a regular session of the Sangguniang Barangay (SB) of Barangay Tagbac, Magpet, North Cotabato. The orientation of the SB on the new project was led by Atty. Ermelo Libre, MAFI Executive Director. He was assisted by Jessmar Campo, MAFI Project Officer III.
Atty. Libre started the orientation by detailing the Foundation’s experiences of the Collegiate Scholarship Project (CSP) since it was launched in School Year 1994-95. He invited attention to the cost incurred by the Foundation, about P2.3 million, expulsion or termination of scholarship. He added that based on a study made, the leading reasons for expulsion or termination of scholarship are : a) failure maintain academic standards; and b) loss/lack of interest and abandonment of studies. He stressed that these causes are reflective of the mismatch between the grantee’s choice of course and his/her aptitude and interest.
The MAFI Executive Director explained that instead of maintaining sixty scholarship slots that are generally open to 4—5 year degree courses of choice of the grantees, effective School Year 2009-2010, these sixty slots shall be divided into: 20 slots of 4-5 year degree courses; 20 slots for 2-3 year technical/vocational courses and the budget for the remaining 20 slots shall be used for skills trainings. Atty. Libre stated that instead of the Qualifying Examinations usually administered by the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College Guidance and Testing Center, the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) administered by the Department of Education to graduating high school students shall now be the basis for qualifying applicants. Only those with grades of Average up shall be considered. For the 4-5 year degree courses, the scholastic aptitude shall be given most weight among other factors in the NCAE; while for the 2-3 year technical/vocational course, the technical/vocational aptitude shall be given most weight. The stages of Community Investigation and Panel Interview shall remain, however.
Mr. Campo elaborated on the other qualification standards for the TVSP. He added that the 20 slots for the TVSP open for School Year 2009-2010 are the following: Electronics Technology 3; Information Computer Technology, 3; Electrical Technology, 3; Automotive Servicing, 3; Health Care Services, 3; Caregiver, 3; Hospitality Management, 2.