Thursday, August 21, 2008

Catholic Church supports 143 graders, college indigent scholars

SAN PABLO CITY – The Diocesan Social Action Center (SAC) of the San Pablo (Laguna) Diocese has now enrolled to various schools the 143 graders to college scholars who belong to the underprivileged sector of society and coming from farflung parishes of the diocese.

Kelly S. Beltran, Bookkeeper and secretary of the Social Action Center quoted San Pablo Bishop Leo M. Drona as saying that the scholarships were granted to indigents to help poor families send their children to school and finish a course or so.

The scholarship is not based on academic excellence but being poor and underprivileged will suffice. The main purpose of the scholarships is for poor children to become assets in society, Beltran quoted the prelate as saying.

The scholarship grantees are residents of the parishes of San Antonio de Padua in the mountain brgy of San Antonio, Kalayaan town; San Isidro Labrador Parish in Brgy Kabulusan, Pakil; and San Sebastian Parish in Famy town, both located in the easternmost portion of Laguna.

There are now three college scholars taking up courses like Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Information Technology in various colleges/universities in the province.

There are 60 students who were successfully supported by the scholarship from grade 1 to 6 and are now starting their studies in high school. There are also 58 children enrolled now in grade one, 17 children in grade four and five children in grade three.

The scholarships dubbed as: “Alay Mo Aral Ko Scholarship Program” are part of the projects supported by Alay Kapwa of the Church’s Social Action Center and the Pondo ng Pinoy.

Beltran said the scholarship covers almost everything. For the elementary pupils, tuition, school uniforms (shoes, shirts, dress etc), school supplies are taken cared of. For high school scholars, entrance fee, tuition, upper garments are paide for; and college scholars would be free of their tuitions and provided with their school allowances.

The SAC officer has showed the school supplies, shirts, umbrellas, bags, shoes, slippers etc. worth about P100,000 which were readied at the SAC Office in San Pablo City for distribution to the 143 scholarship grantees of the diocese for the school year 2008-2009.