FOURTH District Rep. Christopher de Venecia and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP-Pangasinan) launched their joint scholarship program initially for 60 qualified students.
Mark Espinosa, KBP chapter chairman, said there are 30 slots for journalism students and 30 for other courses.
Both De Vencia and KBP agreed to launch the project on July 10 during a courtesy call to De Venecia last month to discuss possible projects.
De Venecia, former editor of CHALK Magazine and editor of Young STAR section of the Philippine Star, said he would support projects that will develop future journalists.
De Venecia expressed interest in helping raise the standard of journalism by providing trainings and seminar workshops to journalism students by practicing journalists.
Lawyer Agee Romero-Valdes, acting chief of staff of De Venecia, echoed the legislator’s intent to provide scholarship grants to poor but deserving and academically qualified students.
Socorro Ramos, in-charge of De Venecia’s scholarship project, said 30 slots for Journalism courses would be given P12,000 grant per year.
“Students in the district enrolling in journalism and endorsed by KBP will be given priority.” Ramos said.
She added P6,000 per year scholarships will also be available to non-Journalism but priority courses of the Commission on Higher Education.
The scholarship grants are offered not only to incoming first year college students but also to those who are already in other year levels.
Deadline for submission of application will be on July 21. (Tita Roces)