BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
MORE than 70 student-beneficiaries of the city government’s MBTF scholarship program studying at the LNU thanked Mayor Belen T. Fernandez for sending them to school.
They conveyed their gratitude when Mayor Fernandez was the keynote speaker during a training program for student leaders held at LNU on October 2.
Chariza Alap, who graduated under the MBTF scholarship program while working as a part-time student assistant under the university’s Office of Student Affairs, spoke for the group.
Alap is one of the 220 graduates produced by the Dagupan City government under the program. She is now currently working at the Bureau of Immigration.
“It’s an honor to be part of her scholarship program. I just want to say thank you for helping your scholars. I met with Mayor Fernandez today just to express my gratitude to her. It’s rare to find opportunities like these,” said Alap.
The scholars at LNU are among the 1,345 scholars being supported by the city government under the program until they graduate.
In the same occasion, Mayor Fernandez told the student leaders “You must serve neither for applause nor for recognition in social media but you must serve expecting nothing in return. Your work, your actions, your thoughts should be your novel effort to bring inspiration so that you become positive role models to your fellow students,” added Fernandez.
Mayor Fernandez recently signed a memorandum of agreement with different colleges and universities as partners for the city government’s MBTF scholarship program this school year.
The partners are Lyceum-Northwestern University, University of Luzon, Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy (PAMMA), PIMSAT Colleges, University of Pangasinan Phinma and Colegio De Dagupan.
The MBTF scholarship program was established to help deserving students pursue their college or university education.
Under the agreement, the city pays P10,000 per student to cover tuition fee for 15 to 18 units, including miscellaneous fees. The courses covered by the agreement range from two-year vocational to five-year college courses. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)
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