Concern for agricultural development and food security in the region has prompted Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) president Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales to make available 100 new full scholarships to freshmen students of the institution starting on the first semester of the new school year.
WMSU Public Affairs Office (PAO) director Prof. Ali T. Yacub said Dr. Gonzales signed a special order last June 24 to implement the program, which is intended to benefit poor but deserving students enrolled in the College of Agriculture located in San Ramon barangay, this city. The scholarship includes a P500 monthly stipend and the waiving of all tuition and miscellaneous fees.
Prof. Yacub said only students who hurdled the cut-off score of the college entrance test (CET) are eligible, among other requirements.
Dr. Teresita Narvaez, dean of the College of agriculture, said qualified students are now undergoing screening. Although she said that less than 50 so far of the total 326 agriculture students are deemed qualified under the present terms of the program. However, she said, other students will enjoy other scholarship grants including an “earn while you learn” scheme, called the Agricultural Extension Outreach Program, now being finalized by her department for students doing farm work in the campus.
Dr. Gonzales noted that these scholarships and other forms of assistance to students are much needed by them since many come from very poor families. He added that the new scholarships will also encourage a bigger enrolment in agricultureal courses of WMSU. (Rey-Luis Banagudos, Public Affairs Office)